Theism or atheism; which is more reasonable? a public debate between W. T. Lee and G. W. Foote, held in the Temperance Hall, Derby, May 15 and 16, 1895

 
9781151504647: Theism or atheism; which is more reasonable? a public debate between W. T. Lee and G. W. Foote, held in the Temperance Hall, Derby, May 15 and 16, 1895
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...is " Theism or Atheism: Which is the More Reasonable?" My friendly opponent led off last night, and, of course, had the opportunity of deciding the direction of the evening's debate. To-night that opportunity lies with me. I do not suppose that anybody who differs from me (and in this I will include my opponent) will be quite satisfied with the direction I take; but I am in the conduct of my own case, and I intend to do what I consider to be justice to it, quite irrespective of the opinions of anyone else. (Hear, hear.) Now I wish, at the outset, to say just a few words about the direction the debate took last night. It was mainly of a metaphysical character, and chiefly turned upon the problem of the origin of the universe, if I may express it in that summary fashion. Mr. Lee told us a great deal about matter and atoms, and the whole argument really turned upon what is admittedly incomprehensible--that is, incomprehensible in the present state of our knowledge. I am not one of those who say that no particular problem will at some future time be solved; but one is entitled to say that a certain specified problem is insoluble in the present condition of human knowledge; and, as a matter of fact, when you discuss the origin of matter, you are discussing a thing which, from the very nature of the case, you are not in a position to determine. And it appears to me that you may mix up with a discussion of that kind a great deal of very questionable physics. For instance, we were told last night that, if the universe were full of matter, there would be no possibility of motion; but, of course, that overlooks the fact that combinations of matter are of various degrees of density. Every time Mr. Lee and I walk along the street we walk, as it...

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