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Robert Anderson
1841-1918

      Sir Robert Anderson was born in Dublin, Ireland and was of Scottish descent. His father was an elder in the Irish Presbyterian Church and he was raised in a religious home. Anderson's conversion took place after listening to a sermon delivered by John Hall.

      Sir Robert Anderson graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1862 and was called to the Irish Bar in 1863. He later became Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department at Scotland Yard. When he retired in 1901, he was made Knight Commander of the the Order of the Bath. W. H. Smith, on the floor of the House of Commons, said Sir Robert "had discharged his duties with great ability and perfect faithfulness to the public."

      Sir Robert Anderson was the chief inspector for Scotland Yard. He was greatly respected for his skill as an investigator. When Anderson wasn't writing on subjects related to crime, he wrote books on Christian prophecy. He helped establish the fact that 69 of Daniel's 70 weeks have now transpired, and that the tribulation will be the 70th week. Sir Robert Anderson's book, The Coming Prince, has become a foundational resource for all dispensationalists.

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A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion Preface
      SOME of the following chapters we printed in a volume a few years ago. It may be thought perhaps that the criticisms they contain are out of date, now that Spencer-ism is dead and Darwinism discredited. But though biological theories which reigned supreme a few years ago have been abandoned or modified by "men of light and leading," their influence ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 1: How Did Life Begin?
      THERE is one fact which not even the dreamiest of egoists can doubt, and that is, his own existence. Here at least knowledge is absolute. That I exist is certain; but how did I come to exist? I live; but how did life begin? The question is one to which every man is bound to find a reasonable answer. To say I am descended through generations numbere ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 2: The Darwinian Theory
      "IT'S lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them and discuss about whether they were made, or only just happened. Jim he allowed they was made, but I allowed they happened; I judged it would have took too long to make so many. Jim said the moon could 'a laid them; w ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 3: Herbert Spencer's Scheme
      THE hypothesis of degeneration has been here suggested as a rival to that of evolution. It equally accounts for the facts, and is less beset with difficulties. Are we then to accept it? By no means. Both alike are mere theories, wholly unsupported by direct evidence; and therefore the sceptic will reject both, unless they be alternatives, and he is ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 4: Have We A Revelation?
      SCEPTICISM is "not a permanent resting-place for human reason." The knowledge that there is bad money in circulation does not make us fling our purse into the gutter, or refuse to replenish it when empty. The sceptic tries a coin before accepting it, but when once he puts it in his pocket, his appreciation of it is, for that very reason, all the mo ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 5: Is Christianity Divine?
      Is Christianity a Divine revelation? This question must not be settled by the result of the preliminary inquiry here proposed. In rejecting sacerdotalism, we merely clear the ground for a discussion of the main question upon its merits. "The Reformation," says Mr. Goldwin Smith, "was a tremendous earthquake " which "shook down the fabric of medieva ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 6: Mr. A.J. Balfour's Scheme
      "WE are without any rational ground for believing in science"; "We are without any rational ground for determining the logical relation which ought to subsist between science and religion." Such are among the startling theses maintained by the author of A Defence of Philosophic Doubt. And one of the main results of his argument is stated thus: " In ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 7: The Cosmogeny of Genesis
      I AVOW myself a believer in the Scriptures, and if a personal reference may be pardoned, I would say that my faith is not to be accounted for either by want of thought, or by ignorance of the objections and difficulties which have been urged by scientists and sceptics. But just as the studies which charm the naturalist are an unknown world to those ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 8: An Agnostic's Apology
      "THE natural attitude of a thinking mind toward the supernatural is that of scepticism." Scepticism, not agnosticism. The sceptic halts at the cross-roads to take his bearings; but at sight of a cross-road the agnostic gives up his journey altogether. True scepticism connotes intellectual caution, but agnosticism is intellectual suicide. Not so, ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 9: The Irrationalism of Infidelity.
      "CHRIST is still left" is the solace Mill would offer us as we survey the wreck which rationalism makes of Faith. To that life he appeals as supplying a "standard of excellence and a model for imitation." "Who among His disciples," he demands, " was capable of inventing the sayings ascribed to Jesus, or of imagining the character revealed in the Go ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 10: A Sceptic's Plea For Faith.
      ONE who is himself a sceptic both by temperament and by training can appreciate the difficulties of the honest truth-seeker. And to such I would offer the assurance of respectful sympathy, and such counsel as my own experience may enable me to give. And first, I would say with emphasis, Ignore the atheistical section of the scientists. To quote ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 11: How To Read The Bible
      THE preceding chapter opened by quoting words spoken by the most eminent of living scientists: this chapter shall be prefaced by quoting a man of the highest eminence in another sphere - the greatest philologist of our time. The following is an extract from a letter written in one of the later years of his life by Prof. Max Muller of Oxford :- " ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion 12: The "Higher Criticism"
      BIBLE students nowadays seem to be haunted by the grim spectre of the "Higher Criticism." But if instead of running away from ghosts we face them boldly, our fears generally give place to feelings of contempt or indignation. And this is the experience of many who have fearlessly examined what are called "the assured results of modern criticism." Th ...read

A Doubter's Doubts About Science and Religion Appendix
      NOTE I (Chap. VII. P. 88 ante) THE CREATION. As already noticed, if the first chapter of Genesis speaks of "the Creation of the Universe" at all it is in the first verse. The very word "create" is not used again save in verses 21 and 27, which relate to the work of the fifth and sixth "days." And if the truth of evolution could be scientifical ...read

A Personal Anti-Christ
      From "Things To Come" Nov. 1897 THE word "Antichrist" is not to be found in Holy Scripture, save in the first and second epistles of St. John; but there is such a consensus of opinion in applying the title to the Beast of the Apocalypse, to one at least of the false kings of Daniel, and to the Man of Sin of 2 Thess., that I will here assume with ...read

Christ and Criticism
      In his "Founders of Old Testament Criticism" Professor Cheyne of Oxford gives the foremost place to Eichhorn. He hails him, in fact, as the founder of the cult. And according to this same authority, what led Eichhorn to enter on his task was "his hope to contribute to the winning back of the educated classes to religion." The rationalism of Germany ...read

Daniel in the Critic's Den Preface
      ALTHOUGH this volume appears under an old title, it is practically a new work. The title remains, lest any who possess my "Reply to Dean Farrar's Book of Daniel" should feel aggrieved on finding part of that treatise reproduced under a new designation. But the latter half of this book is new; and the whole has been recast, in view of its main purpo ...read

Daniel in the Critic's Den 1: The "Higher Criticism"
      THE "HIGHER CRITICISM," AND DEAN FARRAR'S ESTIMATE OF THE BIBLE By "all people of discernment" the "Higher Criticism" is now held in the greatest repute. And discernment is a quality for which the dullest of men are keen to claim credit. It may safely be assumed that not one person in a score of those who eagerly disclaim belief in the visions o ...read

Daniel in the Critic's Den 2: The Historical Errors Of Daniel
      "THE historical errors" of the Book of Daniel are the first ground of the critic's attack. Of these he enumerates the following :- (I.) "There was no deportation in the third year of Jehoiakim." (2.) "There was no King Belshazzar." (3.) "There was no Darius the Mede." (4) "It is not true that there were only two Babylonian kings ...read

Daniel in the Critic's Den 3: Historical Errors Continued
      HISTORICAL ERRORS CONTINUED: BELSHAZZAR AND DARIUS THE MEDE PROFESSOR Driver acknowledges "the possibility that Nabunahid may have sought to strengthen his position by marrying a daughter of Nebuchadnezzar, in which case the latter might be spoken of as Belshazzar's father (= grandfather, by Hebrew usage)." And the author of the Ancient Monarchi ...read

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