1891. Carus, an independent philosopher who studied and published on Eastern and Western philosophy, was instrumental in raising Western awareness of Buddhism at the turn of the century. Carus writes in the Preface that: The view here presented, in spite of all our differences with Kant, may be considered as the natural outcome of Kant's philosophy. The view here presented unites two qualities which may appear contradictory at first sight. It is radical, and at the same time conservative...and, Our fundamental conceptions of world and life, therefore, for practical purposes, for our individual welfare, for the destiny of our nation and for that of humanity, are of greatest importance. On the philosophy of our age depends the health of our religious, our scientific, our industrial, our mercantile, our political and our social development. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
Carus called himself "an atheist who loved God," and here, in this 1908 work, he explores the modern idea of the deity and how our relationship to that idea is important for believers and unbelievers alike. Eschewing mysticism and morality without denying the vitality of either mode of thought, Carus examines the concept of God from a rational perspective, invoking provocative ideas about Christian theists who are actually pagans, the selfish nature of the belief in an eternal soul, and the absolute necessity for true believers to allow room for interpretation and alteration of their beliefs. Intellectual invigorating and rigorously argued, Carus' century-old deliberation on God is still ahead of its time. American philosopher and theologian PAUL CARUS (1852-1919) also wrote The Religion of Science (1893), The Gospel of Buddha (1894), and The History of the Devil (1900).
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