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Herbert Spencer: A 19th Century Darwinian Philosopher on the God Question

Herbert Spencer was a 19th century philosopher (and ally and popularizer of Darwin’s ideas). And for Spencer, beneath all the outward and diverse forms of religion there is a grappling by humans with an Ultimate Mystery that resists explication, and … Continue reading

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A 19th Century Attempt to Make Peace Between Religion and Science: Philosopher Herbert Spencer’s “First Principles” (1862)

Just three years after the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859), the British philosopher Herbert Spencer, in Part 1 of his First Principles, sought to make a truce between science and religion. His attempt began with this rather beautiful, open-minded, and calm appeal: … Continue reading

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