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The Pathway to Reality 1902–1904

Richard Burdon Haldane

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In The Pathway to Reality, Haldane’s goal is to account for ‘the world as it seems’; rational abstract thought is the key. Thought does not exist apart from its object. The universal exists in and though the particular. Only by focusing on the actuality of what is singular and individual can the universal and particular, which can only emerge as abstractions, have reality. For Haldane, consciousness is of paramount importance. Consciousness, and its content experience, is an attempt to move from the finite to the sublime. In four small books bound together in two volumes, the author explains how thinking of one’s own limits leads to transcendence and ultimately to an understanding of the absolute mind and the nature of God. Homiletic-oriented theology fails in its view of God; only philosophy and metaphysics can more fully grasp God as Mind. Religion then is the form of consciousness of an act of will completed. Haldane summarizes his belief by saying, ‘[T]he faith which characterizes the self-surrender of the will in Religion is a sense of reality above and beyond what is seen.’
David Kahan
University of Glasgow

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OnlineJohn Murray1903
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Templeton Press