Theories of Inspiration

M. A. Willcox
1895 The Biblical World  
The world an arena of wrestling antitheses -Theology, an effort to harmonize the antitheses of religion. -Theories of insfiration -Destructive theories,; insiration, confounded with revelationwith intuitionwith illumination. -Verbal theoriesof dictationof infallible guidance. -Concetftual theoriesethical and religious insfirationinsfpiration of the mys-Jeries of religionthe Christtheory.-Conclusion. The universe is an arena of wrestling antitheses. It is constituted, one would be ready to say,
more » ... d be ready to say, of antithetic ideas and counteracting forces. They are the raw material of philosophy, religion and human life. They have preempted every field of knowledge and action. In the words of Jesus Sirach, "The works of God are two and two, one against the other." We have such fundamental and comprehensive antitheses as matter and spirit, the natural and the supernatural, the phenomenal and the real. In psychology we have sensation and reflection, perception and conception, feeling and will, experience and intuition, reason and imagination. In ethics we have pleasure and duty, self-sacrifice and self-development, egoism and altruism. In philosophy, we have the absolute and the relative, form and substance, the real and the ideal, subject and object, freedom and necessity, liberty and law. In the natural world we have light and darkness, rest and motion, centripetal and centrifugal forces, integration and disintegration, life and death. In the social and civil world we have the individual and society, progress and conservatism, public spirit and private privilege; in the industrial world, labor and capital, production and consumption; in government, justice and mercy, centralization and popularization; in knowledge, empirical and rational, scientific and philosophic; in reasoning, analysis and synthesis, induction and deduction; in education, humanistic and utilitarian, ethical and aesthetical, religious and secular. In character we have initiative and insight, 169 This content downloaded from 129.
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