By Frederick Temple

In 1884 the long-running annual sequence of Bampton Lectures on the college of Oxford used to be given by way of Frederick Temple, at the moment Bishop of Exeter. He had previous been a widespread academic reformer, headmaster at Rugby tuition and chaplain to Queen Victoria, and he later rose to turn into Archbishop of Canterbury. This e-book includes his Bampton Lectures at the family among faith and technology - probably the main passionately debated subject of that point. He discusses the plain clash among clinical and non secular ideals on numerous subject matters together with loose will, wisdom, evolution, and supernatural energy, yet concludes that technological know-how and faith will not be foes, yet opposite numbers, and that nor is entire with out the opposite. His contribution during this zone is of lasting value within the historical past and philosophy of technological know-how.

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The eternal moral law Origin and Nature of [Lect. is of all we know the highest and holiest. Yet the religious instinct seems to have been more indispensable for the development of humanity according to the Divine purpose than the observance of that moral law in all its fulness. It would never have occurred to us beforehand to permit in Divine legislation any concession to the hardness of men's hearts; yet we know that it was done. Science now tells us that Order takes a rank in God's work far above where we should have placed it.

25 than on causation. And this regularity is seen to be more and more widely pervading all phenomena of every class, until the mind is forced to conceive the possibility that it may be absolutely universal, and that even will itself may come within its supreme dominion. But to the very last the idea of causation retains the traces of its origin. For in the first place every step in this building up of science assumes a permanence underlying all phenomena. We cannot believe that the future will be like the past except because we believe that there is something permanent which was in the past and will be in the future.

The evidence for the uniformity of nature is the accumulated evidence for all the separate uniformities. But, however much greater the quantity of evidence, the kind ever remains the same. There is no means by which we can demonstrate this uniformity. We oo Origin and Nature of [Lect. can only make it probable. We can say that in almost every case all the evidence is one way; but whenever there is evidence to the contrary we cannot refuse to examine it. If a miracle were worked science could not prove that it was a miracle, nor of course prove that it was not a miracle.

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