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The optimism of Butlers Analogy Henry Scott Holland

The optimism of Butlers Analogy

Henry Scott Holland

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[...]peopled the enormous heavens. But the God of Design and Purpose, who responded to the demands of pure reason, remained on His throne. Religion survived in the form of Deism.So it might succeed in doing, in that brief moment when Science wasMore[...]peopled the enormous heavens. But the God of Design and Purpose, who responded to the demands of pure reason, remained on His throne. Religion survived in the form of Deism.So it might succeed in doing, in that brief moment when Science was mainly mathematical and abstract in type. But the development that followed took an entirely novel direction. The Sciences of Life took up the running. Interest passed from mechanism to biology. And, with this change of interest, a wholly new scientific ideal began to dominate our intellectual imagination. It was the ideal of growth. Life was in movement. That was its fascination. It evolved- it changed- it pushed its advance- it acted- it reacted- it acquired- it[...].