The Question of Questions.
4. In the " American Historical Review" Professor Goldwin Smith closes his Presidential address at the American H'st -ricil Association by saying.— Let us treat the subject a* we may, scientifically, philosophically, or in aiy o'hor method, what can we make of tho history of man ? Is the race the creation of a directing Providence, or a production of blind Nature on this planet, fortuitious in it 3 course and in its end? We have, preceding the birth of man, eons, it may be almost said of abortion; eonsof animal raoes which destroyed each other or perished on the primeval globe; a glacial era, man at length brought into existence, but remaining, perhaps for countless generations, a savage, and afterward a barbarian; wild tribal conflicts and cataclysms of barbarian conquest. Then comes the dawn of civilisation, which even now has spread over only a portion of the, race, and even for that portion has been retarded and marred by wars, revolutions, persecutions, crimes and aberrations of every kind, besides plagues, earthquakes, and other calamities of n&ture. Through all this mankind, or at least, the leading membets of the race, have been struggling onward to social, moral,perhaps spiritual life. Are things tending to a result answerable to the long preparation, the immense effort, and the boundless suffering which the preparation and the effort have involved ? Or will the end of all be the physical catastrophe, which science tells us must close the existence of the material scene.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6617, 10 July 1905
The Question of Questions. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6617, 10 July 1905
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