Of God and His Creatures

To say that in man nature attains its highest perfection, that there is nothing beyond nature, and consequently nothing in existence higher than man, is atheism. To make out a God, all intellect and no will, all law and no love, a being admirable indeed, but unloving and unlovable, is to make God less good than man, -- as though what Holy Writ calls 'lovingkindness' were a sort of 'bend sinister,' a shade of inferiority in being. The argument in the text, -- by adversaries dubbed 'anthropomorphic,' -- goes to establish what present-day philosophers call 'a personal God,' meaning a God who has in Him something corresponding to what in man are called 'feelings,' and that something not ineffective or impotent in this world of law; a God consequently whom there is some use in praying to.

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