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intelligence. But the underlying motive that urges us
* Ibid., p. 176.



354 GOD IN EVOLUTION

on, is instinctive вАФ the instinct that craves self-realiza-
tion in some form. And some degree of self-realization
is, as we have seen, the only result of the striving that
is of persistent value. It is only when, subsequently,
this value is forced upon our attention, that we
begin to understand the true meaning and intention
of life.

The importance of such a contribution as this of
Professor Bergson to the modern science of theology
cannot be indicated in a slight sketch like the present
one. It needs careful study and quiet thought. It is
a deep well of wisdom, though it assumes to be only
the beginning of a philosophy.

Its reserves enhance its value; for they produce
upon us the impression that the work moves, primarily,
and without prejudice, in the interests of science and
philosophy. As related to theology it is the supplier
of materials ready shaped for building, and of instru-
ments well tempered for use. Or, we might say, it is
a competent guide through the territory of science and
philosophy up to the borders of theology, where we
find paths continuous with those which we have
travelled in the author's company. I say paths, for
there are many, taking their departure from diverse
points and converging to one common centre.





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