Questions For Solution
( Originally Published 1912 )
THE student is recommended to study the following questions and statements, and determine what answer or objection, if any, he would offer in each case.
1. Does water always run downhill?
2. Which lived first, the bird or the egg?
3. The sun will rise to-morrow, for it rose today.
4. Will there ever be a higher creature on earth than man?
5. Explain the difference between time and eternity.
6. Is inconceivability the criterion of impossibility?
7. Brutes are not men; therefore men are not brutes.
8. With infinities can there be degrees of comparison?
9. Every man has his price.
10. The greatest argument for immortality is God.
11. Is previous good character a presumption of innocence?
12. Nothing which is dishonorable is expedient.
13. Is there any sound made where there is no one to hear?
14. A body once set in motion will never stop unless it meet with some impediment.
15. Can a fictitious narrative establish a disputed proposition?
16. From the proposition A equals B C, do we learn the parts B C separately?
17. Is the burden of proof upon the prosecution or the defense?
18. Skill in public speaking is liable to abuse; it should not, therefore, be cultivated.
19. Does the agnostic who says, "I am,
I feel, I think," commit himself to belief in the unknowable?
20. Because of the numerous resemblances between the earth and other planets, is it to be inferred that the latter are inhabited because the former is?
21. We believe in God, and therefore are infinite, since the merely finite can not believe the infinite.
22. Civil authorities have no more right to command over the souls and consciences of their subjects than the master of a ship has over those of his passengers or the sailors under him.
23. As a Christian you can go to the theater if you have a very high quality of Christianity; and if you have that kind of Christianity you probably will not want to go.
24. It is not possible for a man to seek either for what he knows, or for what he knows not ; inasmuch as he would not seek what he knows, at least, because he knows it, and to one in such case there is no need of seeking ; nor would he seek after what he knows not, for he knows not what he shall seek for.
25. Do the facts of Christianity betoken the presence of a higher intelligence, purpose, and might than that of man?
26. Is the life of Napoleon to be commended
27. Are the conservative forces in our nation sufficient to insure its perpetuity?
28. Is protection or free trade the wiser policy for the United States
29. Is a college education necessary to the highest success?
30 Was Hamlet really mad
31 Is the theater an influence more for evil than for good?
32. What is poetry?
33. Will oratory be revived in America?