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It is really of much more concern to us that there is an eternal Power, not ourselves, that makes for righteousness, than that such a Power is or threefold in its metaphysical nature, or that we ought not to play cards on Sunday, or to eat meat on Friday.
No one, I believe, will deny so simple and clear a statement as this.
The first of these assertions is the proposition that the things and events of the world do not exist or occur blindly or irrelevantly, but that all, from the beginning to the end of time, and throughout the furthest sweep of illimitable space, are connected together as the orderly manifestations of a divine Power, and that this divine Power is something outside of ourselves, and upon it our own existence from moment to moment depends.
The second of these assertions is the proposition that men ought to do certain things, and ought to refrain from doing certain other things; and that the reason why some things are wrong to do and other things are right to do is in some mysterious, but very real, way connected with the existence and nature of this divine Power, which reveals itself in every great and every tiny thing, without which not a star courses in its mighty orbit, and not a sparrow falls to the ground.These great central truths, indeed, need to be clothed in a dress of little rites and superstition, in order to take hold of his dull and untrained intelligence.But in proportion as men become more civilized, and learn to think more accurately, and to take wider views of life, just so do they come to value the essential truths of religion more highly, while they attach less and less importance to superficial details.What says the doctrine of evolution with regard to the ethical side of this twofold assertion that lies at the bottom of all religion?Though we cannot fathom the nature of the inscrutable Power that animates the world, we know, never Does this eternal Power, then, work for righteousness?After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1865, Fiske briefly practiced law in Boston before turning to writing.In 1860 he had encountered Herbert Spencer’s adaptation of the evolutionary theory of Charles Darwin to aspects of philosophy.What men in past times have really valued in their religion has been the universal twofold assertion that there is a God, who is pleased with the sight of the just man and is angry with the wicked every day, and when men have fought with one another, and murdered or calumniated one another for heresy about the Trinity or about eating meat on Friday, it has been because they have supposed belief in the non-essential doctrines to be inseparably connected with belief in the essential doctrine.In spite of all this, however, it is true that in the mind of the uncivilized man, the great central truths of religion are so densely overlaid with hundreds of trivial notions respecting dogma and ritual, that his perception of the great central truths is obscure.Deeply impressed by their ideas, he attempted to incorporate them into his own writings. The result was the publication, in 1874, of Fiske’s an exposition of evolutionary doctrine that was well received both at home and abroad.A visit to Europe (1873–74) provided him the opportunity to meet and talk at length with Darwin, Spencer, and T. About 1880 his interests turned to American history as interpreted in the light of evolutionary theory, and from 1885 to 1900 he lectured and published voluminous works on the American colonial and revolutionary periods.