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EUROPEAN POLITICS. TWO VIEWS. PARTIAL EXPERIENCE. In looking at the issue as to whether miracles are contrary to nature, we learn an important lesson by comparing experience (in the same age) of different people living con- siderably apart from one another. There may possibly be some who have not seen all the aspects of nature. It is not difficult to assume that some may have seen a total eclipse of the sun or moon, while others have not. Com- pared one with the other, we may say that The latter have only had a partial experience. There are some who have never seen ice, while others have scarcely ever lived without. ice surrounding them. Is the experience of one to be the standard of credibility as to the testimony of the experience of others? Are the people of Ceylon justified if they decline to believe the truthfulness of the assertion that water can become so hard that people can walk over it? And they do so not because they can impeach the testimony of such ex- perience, but solely because their experience of water in Ceylon would not allow them to credit such assertions. Perhaps they would smile and extend pity to what they would consider the folly of such statements. But experience and knowledge would know who were to be truly pitied. Some have not seen the Arctic day and night extending over months. Pearl fishers may have not seen the diving bell. Palestine, until very recently, had not seen the locomotive, and when the inhabitants first saw it belching forth smoke, fire, and water, said that Satan had arrived. It is not all have seen the gramaphone, tele- phone, and the cinematograph. We learn now that liquid quick-silver can be frozen by heat as well as cold. Once cataract was thought incurable: it is not thought so now. We will find that there is a parallelism be- tween many of these items and notable miracles in the Bible. This may cause us not to be too ready to reject unimpeachable evi- dence because our experience is not equiva- lent to all the facts vouched for. If we can accept the possibility of Arctic darkness, does it not sanction the possibility of Egyptian darkness? It might ho said that we can ex- plain Arctic darkness by natural reasons. Yes, quite true. But may we not be able to explain Egyptian darkness if we knew and recog- nised every circumstance ? Who dare sav that. they know all nature's laws, and all nature's forces, especially the Controlling force? Certainly no acknowledged scientist. INGERSOLL ANSWERED. Col. Ingeisoll, the famous American sceptic, wrote: "If, by any possibility, the existence of a power superior to and independent of nature shall be demonstrated, there will then be time enough to kneel: until then let us stand erect," Anyone who has read Wilford Hall's blem of Life," dealing with the varying theories of various teachers of evolution, will i be able to see the contradictions that exist J amongst scientists even about nature. There r is one very pertinent quotation from Edison utilised to endorse this. Said Edison in 1879: "The text-books are most misleading. I get mad with myself when I think I have be- lieved what was so learnedly set out in them. There are more frauds in science than anv- where else. Take a whole pile of them that'I could name, and you will find uncertainty, if not imposition, in half of what they state as scientific truth. I have been thrown off my track often by them, and for months at a time. You see a great name, and you believe it. I teU you I'd rather know nothing about a. thing in science, nine times out of ten, than what the books would tell me. Professor this or that will controvert you out of the books, and prove out of the hooks that it can't be se, though you have it right in the hollow of your hand all the time, and (;,¡J,i brt;>ak his spec- tacles with it." This iss rather severe on -cientific authority on matters of theory—especially whf- p theories are used against the attested fá( nr the Bible. Yet will Ingersojl's followers "bend their knees" to the following scientific testimonies culled from various sources? Edison: "Chemistry undoubtedly proves the existence ot a supreme intelligence—a big en- gineer who is running the umberse." Herbert Spencer: e are in the presence o^ an infinite and eternal enej-gv. from w hi eh an 1hings proceed. Lord Kelvin: "Scianoe positively admits creative power. We ate absolutely forced bv science to believe with perfect confidence in a directive power. If yon think strong enough you will be forc-cd by f.ciene-e to the belief in God." Huxley: "If I really saw lit to deny the existence of God, I should certainly do so, for the sake of my intellectual freedom. As it I happens. I cannot fake this position with honesty, inasmuch as it is. and always has been, a. favourite tenet of mine, that Atheism is as absurd, logically speaking, as Polytheim. Denying the possibility of miracles seems to me quit-tf as unjustifiable." PARALLELISMS. There, is a power in nature that will waier un tb-o form of ice) to bear the weight ot man. From the above evidence we can see that Mipnce cannot rightly deny the pos- sibility of Christ. walking on the water. By means of the dhing bcl! a man can stay a long time, under w-rftcr. Yes. it may be said, j::1rii\¡:anJ¡ll:'nld;;r Ob;il ;a; deny the CLpal?iliT?- of Creative and sustaining Power causing air to go 1- Jonah when he was inside a great, fish ? If it is said "that is more than we can swallow- the obvious rc- tort is that ChrisT believed it. end he had no great confidence m man, and spoke disdain- iuiiy ot mere mon. If the evidence was credible to him. it should be credible to rea- sonable men to-day; more so, because Christ's resurrection stamps all Christ's acts as being true. If cataract can be. cured now iccause nature's laws are better known, why doubt, if nature's laws are perfectly known and can be perfec-lly controlled, that blindness can- not be cured. Jf q .p-k-silver can be frozen by 'heat. then it is possible, according to nature, to be qinte cold, even though surrounded by great heat. So it is not contrary absoluielv to nature for three vout-h t<> h» in a state of comfort, though they are in the midst of a burning fiery furoa/e. h- vied sevtu limes more than its worn. It i* js asted why can- not we see sm-li a i i»«u?r so-«Ja\. ;]m answer is that the angels nav nor n- v, itut to do such a work. Fbe seicnfne this bottles and jars, but angels do ji.e, i ted such aids to control natare's operations. (To be continued. God wibina.)