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The Philosophic Basis of Theism. An

examination of the Personality of Man, to ascertain his capacity to know and serve God, and the validity of the principle un

derlying the defence of Theism. Svo, $3.50. The Self-Revelation God. 8vo, $3.50.

GOD

THE CREATOR AND LORD OF ALL

BY

SAMUEL HARRIS, D.D., LL.D.

PROFESSOR OF SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY IN YALE UNIVERSITY

VOLUME I.

NEW YORK

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

1896
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Copyright, 1896,
By CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS.

University Press :
JOHN WILSON AND Son, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

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He," — Pantaenus, Clement's teacher and predecessor, in the Headship of the School at Alexandria, -- "the true Sicilian bee, gathering the spoil of the flowers of the prophetic and apostolic meadow, engendered in the souls of his hearers a deathless element of knowledge. . . . The Stromata will contain the truth which is mingled with the doctrines of philosophy, or rather covered and hidden in them, as the edible part of a nut in the shell. For in my opinion it is fitting that the seeds of truth be kept for the husbandmen of the faith, and no others. I am not oblivious of what is babbled by some, who in their ignorance are frightened at every noise, and say that we ought to occupy ourselves with what is most necessary and which contains the faith; and that we should pass over what is beyond and superfluous, which wears out and detains us to no purpose in things which conduce nothing to the great end. Others think that philosophy was introduced into life by an evil influence for the ruin of men. But I shall show ... that philosophy is in a sense a work of Divine Providence. ... The course of truth is one. But into it, as into a perennial river, streams flow from all sides. . . . Some who think themselves naturally gifted, do not wish to touch either philosophy or logic; nay more, they do not wish to learn natural science. They demand bare faith alone, as if they expected, without bestowing any care on the vine, straightway to gather clusters from it. The Lord is figuratively described as the vine, from which, with pains and the art of husbandry according to the word, the fruit is to be gathered. We must prune, dig, bind, and do the other necessary work. . .. He who brings everything to bear on the development of the right life, producing examples from Greeks and Barbarians, is an expert searcher after truth, and is like the touchstone, which is supposed to distinguish the genuine gold from the spurious. He is a much-knowing gnostic and can distinguish sophistry from philosophy . . . rhetoric from dialectics, and the opinions of the sects in philosophy from the truth itself. How necessary it is for him who desires to be partaker of the power of God, to examine intellectual subjects philosophically. . . . For if we act not for the Word, we shall act against

The work accomplished through God is a rational work.”. CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA, Stromata, Book I., chaps. i., V., ix.

reason.

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