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Nature volume 127, page 371 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation



“To a discerning eye“, says Dr. Matthews in his preface, “it must be clear that the main question which is being decided in the world to-day, is whether or not the majority of men shall continue to believe in God.” One of the difficulties with which the would-be constructor of a tenable theistic theory is faced is the absence of any generally accepted philosophy. All we can boast is “a generally accepted body of knowledge which stands for the modern world as solid and unquestionable as the logic and metaphysic of Aristotle stood for the later Middle Ages”, that is to say, natural science. Yet science does not seem able to provide us with any solution of ultimate problems. Here it leaves us unsatisfied.

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