This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. OFMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher.
Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. OF GOVERNMENT. 56. We can only speak of Government in case there are elements that, with a certain independence of behavior on their part, threaten to withdraw from a plan prescribed to them, which the governing principle intends to realize. The considerations to which we last referred therefore seem to leave no place for the application of this conception. Indeed, in proportion as these considerations themselves make the preservation of the world dependent upon the constant action of the will of God, do they obscure the thought to which we would firmly hold- -- namely, that the World is not a mere immanent development of God, but a product of his will.
In order that this contradiction may have any significance, the product of the will, after it is created, would have to possess a certain independence. Or, to use a well-known mode of expression, the world would have to be outside of God and not merely a process in Him. We need not adhere to these last mentioned expressions in terms of space which would lead to such endless and perfectly empty disputes- but the inquiry must be made as to what must really constitute that mode of behavior which it is supposed may be figuratively designated by these expressions.
And to this question the only answer will probably be, that only that Reality possesses the independence obviously here intended, which is able to have its own states, -- such, that is, as are not immediately states of the Universal Substance - and to initiate processes which do not proceed from that Substance. If now we consider how these abstract postulates might be fulfilled, we find but one Reality which actually fulfils them- namely, spiritual life. A being which has experience of itself as an...