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Science ami Religion and the Finality of the Globe.

Speaking lately before the Christian Evidence Society, Sir William Thomson, the great physicist, affirmed that when scientific men sold there was no God, it appeared to him that they did not express their own ideas clearly or faithfully; indeed, they were out of their depth. If a scientific man looked upon a piece of dead matter he was looking upon a living miracle, for his very thought about it was a contradiction of the idea that there was nothing present but dead matter. Science could do little for such a society as this, but that something, though little, was fundamental and vital. He said forty years ago to a German scientist, “Science has its miracles,” for there are miracles of geology. The German philosopher contended that the whole material world and the beings in it were the result of laws of force and inertia, which were as calculable as those the astronomer had for the motions of tho hearenly bodies, and that there were no other laws but such as gravitation, chemical force, and chemical action; in short, that the laws of dead matter sufficed to explain every phenomenon. Yet he (Sir William) thought the very fact of their discussing it was a contradiction of the German’s position, else it would be like stones discussing with stones why they fell by gravitation. Yet he did not think that his German friend, who is still alive, would now be in thought exactly whore he was then. Scientific men did feel that there was something that in their earlier theories they overlooked, something beyond the laws of dead matter in the phenomena they contemplated. Commenting on 2 Peter, Hi., 4, Sir William declared that there was no possibility of things going on for ever as they have been the last five thousand years or more, and there was no periodicity in science. Old combinations could not be Whether this earth was 6,000 or 100,000,000 years old, it was not infinite ; it was once a red-hot globe. Then if life did come, as gome believed, from another world, carried on a moss-green stone broken off from some mountain in a neighboring planet, as fragments come to-day, it did not in the slightest degree diminish the wonder of the creation of planets, animals, and, most awful of all, tho creation of man.

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Science ami Religion and the Finality of the Globe., Issue 8008, 10 September 1889

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Science ami Religion and the Finality of the Globe. Issue 8008, 10 September 1889

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