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Is the Christian Conception of Eternal Life Scientific?
on May 22, 2018
"... a little natural philosophy, and the first entrance into it, doth dispose the opinion to atheism; but on the other side, much natural philosophy and wading into it, will bring about men's minds to religion." ~ Bacon
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" is a book that was written in the 1800s. The author attempts to explain how the natural laws of the universe are reliable, and how this applies to the universe of spirit as well. I know some reading this will not want to be accused of credulity and believe too easily. But really the ideas are presented in an easy-to-comprehend way for anyone to consider whether they be a secular scientist, Christian scientists or a curious Christian.
Some of the topics discussed include Biogenesis (life from life), Abiogenesis (spontaneous generation), Degeneration, Reversion to Type and more.
What I enjoyed about the first part of the book was how many spiritual insights were presented. Henry Drummond was great at the analysis of ideas and in a very intellectual way. I also felt he had some great insights into spiritual reality.
What I did not really enjoy were the sections on parasitism and his feelings about various churches and their beliefs. This seemed like a sidetrack from the original content of the book. Read what you want and discard the rest.
One concept I'm still processing in my mind includes Carlyle's statement: "matter exists only spiritually." I suppose it would matter what matter is actually made out of when you get right down to it. I'm nearly convinced that we are all made out of the energy of love.
Some of this book is poetic and spiritually beautiful. I felt there was a good balance of science and theology. This book was however written in the 1800s so it tends to be a little wordy in places and you have to look up a few archaic words. But if you come away from this book realizing the seen has come from the unseen and that without God, the soul dies eternally - this book has done its job.
~The Rebecca Review