Search  Inquiry Net

Back ] Home ] Up ] Next ]

First Ideas
Idea of Cosmos
Relations of early Christianity
Disputes verbal
Writings of Sebonde
Copernicus, Galileo, Bacon
Inductive & Theological
Philosophy of Montaigne
Bacon (RAW TEXT)
Natural History
Modern Pantheism
Recent Natural Theology
Celebrity of Hobbes (RAW)

Scout Books

Site Contents


 The development of this idea in its more proper theological relations bad commenced at an earlier period, but attained (as before remarked) its fullest growth (some may say its perversion) in the early part of the present, century among a school of theologians in Germany, giving birth to the several speculations emphatically termed rationalism; more especially referring to the external historical view of the origin of Christianity and the attempt to obviate the rejection of the miracles by explaining them as real events due to natural causes, according to the ideas of the age described as supernatural, or misunderstood and exaggerated by traditional repetition. These researches, commencing with the limited aInd partial comments of Semler in the last century, and terminating with the more complete theory of Paulus in the present, claimed a relation to the philosophy of the age; and the fartber prosecution of the same primary object in our own day, has been carried out by an entire rejection of those theories, to found a totally different one on critical grounds, by



Strauss 1, and to introduce a peculiar view of the Strauss. mythic nature of the entire New Testament naTrative (and which together with the former theory will be the subject of separate examination in a future

essay), which is here alluded to as professedly connected by Strauss with scientific views and philosophical advance.

Thus, speaking of his own competency for the work he had undertaken, he lays claim to at least one qualification, 11 a disposition and spirit emancipated

from certain religious and dogmatical prepossessions,

which happily the author has acquired by philosophical studies;" while he justly ap~lauds the philosophic spirit which pursues truth 11 with a scientific

indifference to results and consequen~es.ll 2

Again, speaking of the general tendency in certain stages of civilisation, especially in ancient times, to

mix up history with recitals of the marvellous, he adds, 11 There is no such thing as the purely histo

rical sentiment, so long as men do not comprehend the indissolubility of the chain of finite causes, and the impossibility of miracles; a comprehension in

I Life of Jesus, preface to ist ed. p. 8, French tmnel. 2 Ibld. P. 10.


1 71 ", ~, , OMMR 7

[777 7 77 77 777 _ 7` ' '': ' I ' ' "



which so many axe wanting even at the present

day." I

Other in If such have been the results of the direct in

stances of

the same fluence of philosophic studies in reference to this


material subject, we may recognise their indirect

reflection on a very differently constituted mind, exhi

bited in the declaration of one of the most distin

guished ornaments of the English Church in our

own times, the late excellent Archdeacon Hare;

attesting that such convictions may be perfectly com

patible with the most sincere and devoted adherence

to Christianity, when he emphatically puts the ques

tion, 11 whether in the pure ore of the Gospel, the

physically marvellous be not a separable alloy." I

The whole pf this most important question will

form the express subject of subsequent discussion.

But we may here just observe that many, while they

fully recognise the principle of this last remark, may

equally feel the difficulty of any practical solution of

the question in detail: a difficulty which the same

author perhaps, in some measure, avows when he

affirms it to be "the great problem of the age to

Life of Jesus, 1. p. 79, French transl. Life of Sterling, p. 63.



Zeconcile faith with knowledge, philosophy with religion29

Nor can we omit to notice another declaration from a writer of a very different stamp, which, on quite an opposite side, practically acknowledges nearly the same thing: Mr. Hugh Miller observes,

the battle of the evidences will have to be fought on the field of physical science; " I in obvious apprehension for the issue, subversive as it must be of that Judaical theology which he adopted.

It may be added, that there appears at the present day, among various eminently religious parties (perhaps without much connection with physical views), a decided recession from the old evidential argument of miracles, to rest their cause on moral and internal grounds of conviction: and even to discuss the nature of miracles in a way which, we cannot but suspect, may evince some indirect reflection of the light of advancing philosophy..


. I Life of Sterling, p. 12 1.

2 Footprints, p. 121.






Additional Information:

Peer- Level Topic Links:
First Ideas ] Idea of Cosmos ] Relations of early Christianity ] Disputes verbal ] Writings of Sebonde ] Copernicus, Galileo, Bacon ] Inductive & Theological ] Philosophy of Montaigne ] Bacon (RAW TEXT) ] IV-SOURCE ] Natural History ] Modern Pantheism ] [ Rationalism ] Positivism ] Recent Natural Theology ] Celebrity of Hobbes (RAW) ] Conclusion ]

Parent- Level Topic Links:
Game with a Purpose ] Spirit Scavenger Hunt ] Scout Law History ] Learning Scout Law ] Woodcraft Laws ] B-P Law & Promise ] B-P Scout Motto ] B-P Salute Sign Badge ] Timberwolf Promise & Law ] Otter Promise & Law ] Traditional Variations ] The Order of Nature ] Boy Pioneers Constitution ] Scoutmaster's Benediction ] BSA as Religious Org ] Good Deeds ] What is a Boy Scout? ] A Scout is Reverent: ] When Others Say "God" ] On Patriotism ] Flag History & Care ] Value of Little Customs ] B-P & Nature Knowledge ] Religion of Backwoods ] Baden-Powell on Religion ] B-P Fundamental Ethics ] Letters to a PL ] Pantheism ] Evidences of Christianity ] Within My Power ] Has God in Him ] Matthew 19:13,14 ] Matthew 25:3146 ] Kingdom God Within You ] B-P Badge + Sign ] BSA Congressional Charter ] Scouting in 1938 ]

The Inquiry Net Main Topic Links:
 [Outdoor Skills]  [Patrol Method [Old-School]  [Adults [Advancement]  [Ideals]  [Leadership]  [Uniforms]

Search This Site:

Search Amazon.Com:

When you place an order with Amazon.Com using the search box below, a small referral fee is returned to The Inquiry Net to help defer the expense of keeping us online.  Thank you for your consideration!



Amazon Logo



Scout Books Trading Post

Dead Bugs, Blow Guns, Sharp Knives, & Snakes:
What More Could A Boy Want?

Old School Scouting:
What to Do, and How to Do It!

To Email me, replace "(at)" below with "@"

If you have questions about one of my 2,000 pages here, you must send me the "URL" of the page!
This "URL" is sometimes called the "Address" and it is usually found in a little box near the top of your screen.  Most URLs start with the letters "http://"

The Kudu Net is a backup "mirror" of The Inquiry Net.  

2003, 2011 The Inquiry Net, http://inquiry.net  In addition to any Copyright still held by the original authors, the Scans, Optical Character Recognition, extensive Editing,  and HTML Coding on this Website are the property of the Webmaster.   My work may be used by individuals for non-commercial, non-web-based activities, such as Scouting, research, teaching, and personal use so long as this copyright statement and a URL to my material is included in the text
The purpose of this Website is to provide access  to hard to find, out-of-print documents.  Much of the content has been edited to be of practical use in today's world and is not intended as historical preservation.   I will be happy to provide scans of specific short passages in the original documents for people involved in academic research.  


Last modified: October 15, 2016.