Problems

Not Sure There Is A God

I came up to Oxford... with a scholarship in Classics, fully determined to follow my father in the profession of the Law. But about the end of my second year---I was reading 'Greats'-I realised quite suddenly that the religious beliefs in which I had been brought up rested on a very slender intellectual foundation ; and I awoke one day to find myself an agnostic...Burnett Hillman Streeter in his Introduction to Reality

The Problem of Evil

In the way of life short cuts are perilous. The religious quest of India was side-tracked by the mechanical perfection with which the doctrine of Karma solved the problem of evil in terms of legal justice. A problem which seems completely solved causes no more perplexity ; but when men cease to question they cease to find fresh light. It was peculiarly unfortunate that the Buddha, the greatest soul in Indian history-perhaps the second greatest in the history of Religion-accepted the doctrine of Karma with only minor modifications. For his acceptance of this doctrine meant that the problem of the nature and the end of Life was for him artificially simplified. By accepting the dogma that all pain in this life is punishment for sin in some previous existence-reckoned according to a kind of debtor and creditor account in which pain is always the negative equivalent in suffering of a positive act of wrong-he had ruled out in advance the possibility of a philosophy in which the fact of pain can have positive significance by becoming a constituent element in the quality of a life lived. If pain is never anything but a paying of past debts and never has a forward look, then it follows that life, as the Buddha held, is a thing from which release is to be sought. To kill desire becomes the message of deliverance.

Burnett Hillman Streeterin his Reality Chapter 3- AN ANCIENT STORY.


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