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The Unseen World And Other Essays
by John Fiske
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1876. Answers the questions: "What are you, where did you come from, and wither are you bound?" The Unseen World; The To-Morrow of Death; The Jesus of History; The Christ of Dogma; A Word about Miracles; Draper on Science and Religion; Nathan the Wise; Historical Difficulties; The Famine of 1770 in Bengal; Spain and the Netherlands; Longfellow's Dante; Paine's "St. Peter"; A Philosophy of Art; Athenian and American Life; Index.
What are you, where did you come from, and whither are you bound? - the question which from Homer's days has been put to the wayfarer in strange lands - is likewise the all-absorbing question which man is ever asking of the universe of which he is himself so tiny yet so wondrous a part. From the earliest times the ultimate purpose of all scientific research has been to elicit fragmentary or partial responses to this question, and philosophy has ever busied itself in piecing together these several bits of information according to the best methods at its disposal, in order to make up something like a satisfactory answer.
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