New PDF release: Atheism and Theism

By Errol E. Harris (auth.)

ISBN-10: 9401197857

ISBN-13: 9789401197854

ISBN-10: 9401197873

ISBN-13: 9789401197878

Professor Errol E. Harris offered the 1st 3 chapters of Atheism and Theism as public lectures at Tulane collage on January 20-22, 1975. The lecture sequence used to be made attainable by means of a provide from the Franklin J. Matchette starting place of latest York urban. these people who had the excitement of listening to the lectures shaped the judgment that they deserved booklet to arrive a much wider viewers and to guarantee a extra everlasting reeord. We invited Professor Harris to permit us to put up his lectures in Tulane experiences in Philosophy. On his half, he de­ veloped the subjects of the lectures right into a extra finished and lasting paintings. With Professor Harris's approval, we're taking the remarkable step of devoting quantity XXVI of Tulane experiences in Philosophy to the ebook of Atheism and Theism. we're yes that it'll strengthen the essentially philosophical argument surrounding theism and Christianity. we're additionally confident that it'll upload substantialIy to the status of our sequence of annua1 volumes of philosophy, now in its twenty-sixth yr. 'Ve desire to exhibit our due to the Franklin J. Matchette origin for the unique supply sup­ porting the lectures and to Professor Harris for featuring first the lectures after which the booklet. R. C. W. A. J. R.

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But Naturalism never can, as we shall see anon, successfully explain the advent of self-transcendent consciousness, and presents us ever with a truncated image of human personality. Meanwhile, both awareness of shortcoming and its attendant self-transcendence THE POSITIVE FUNCTION OF ATHEISM 39 implies an ultimate goal, a goal that Nietzsche, for all his bitter scorn and disavowals, never abandons. And that ultimate consummation conceived by mankind only in vague premonition, is what we call God.

Once again we have com e upon a se1f-transcendent will and the conception of a goal which goes beyond the particular individual self. 1 It is hardly insignificant that, for all its professed atheism, the Marxist sIogan is culIed from the Scriptures. 'If any wouId not work, neither shalI he eat' is PauI's admonition to the Thessalonians. ATHE1SM AND THE1SM That Marxism indispensably involves reflective reason cannot be denied. Not only is this true of the doctrine as a philosophy, which obviously requires the exercise of a reflective intelleet.

Paseal is also right to insist that the search for truth is of paramount importanee to us and may be neglected only at our peril. We eannot bank on ultimate success, but, as we have no alternative but to seek, we likewise have no alternative but to believe in the reality of that rational ground which is the objeet of our search. In yet another particular Paseal correetly points the way. Man is inescapabIy aware of his own insufficiency, his finiteness, his failings, his shortcomings and his wretchedness.

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