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First International New Thought Metaphysical Congress

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Preface - First Convention - Address of Welcome - Thought Grafting - A Rational Positive Spiritual Philosophy - Abundant Life - Value of Social Ideals - Powers Invisible - After Christianity, What? - Mental Treatment for Communities - A Plea for Work Among School-teachers - Officers and Executive Board for 1899 - 1900 - Factions and Divisions - Law of the Good - Tried and True - Gospel of Healing - Is Mental Science Enough? - Constitution and By-laws - Divine Law - God, Freedom, and Immortality - Unity of Good - New Century's Call - Spirit of the New Thought - Individual Ideals - Contents -


THE VALUE OF SOCIAL IDEALS.

BY LEWIS G. JANES, M.A.

The most suggestive and instructive idea that modern science has brought into the world of thought is the doctrine of Evolution. The broadest generalization of science, it shows that a single method characterizes all the manifold worlds processes, from the development of suns and planets to the growth of philosophic systems. It therefore points unswervingly to a monistic interpretation of the nature of that Infinite Reality of which every world-process is a finite manifestation.

In the earlier and more objective phases of the exposition of the doctrine of Evolution, it dealt chiefly with physical phenomena, and in the human world --- with these phenomena as they relate to the structure and physical peculiarities of the human individual. The law of heredity was emphasized, and the general tendency of evolutionary studies was toward the negation of freedom. It gave a sort of fatalistic or deterministic trend to philosophy --- so far as philosophy has been influenced by early evolutionary studies.

Herbert Spencer led the way in the application of evolutionary principles to the investigation of mental phenomena, but he did not wholly escape from the deterministic tendencies that seemed to be involved in the facts of cosmic and biological evolution. To him more than to any other man we are indebted for laying the sure foundations for a science of sociology; but his work was based largely on the study of primitive social conditions, emphasizing the factors of heredity and objective environment; and it therefore necessarily magnified the determinative influences in all the processes of social growth.

An individualist in his political philosophy, Mr. Spencer yet

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