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THREE ESSAYS

ON THE GROUNDS OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF

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RELIGION AND SCIENCE

THEIR RELATIONS TO EACH OTHER

AT THE PRESENT DAY

THREE ESSAYS

ON THE GROUNDS OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF

BY

STANLEY T. GIBSON, B.D.

RECTOR OF SANDON, IN ESSEX ; AND LATE FELLOW OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

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PREFACE.

I PUBLISH the following Essays as an attempt to do something for an object which seems to me of the highest importance in these days, viz. the reconciliation of religion and science. When I do so, I feel strongly that they fall much short of accomplishing such a reconciliation. For even if their success in dealing with the questions of which they treat should be much greater than I have any right to believe that it is, still it would be true that they did nothing as to that class of difficulties which concerns the nature and extent of the inspiration of the Bible, and the alleged discrepancies between its statements and the results of modern science and criticism. But I still hope that what I now put forward may have some value. I have endeavoured fairly to take into account what I suppose to be the ultimate position of modern science; that position to which at all events men of science are tending, viz. the recognition of a universal reign of law both

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