George Millin

photo neededIn hmolscience, George Francis Millin (c.1841-c.1910) was an English science-religion reconciliation philosopher, on the side of theism, noted for his 1896 Evil and Evolution: an Attempt to Turn the Light of Modern Science on to the Ancient Mystery of Evil, wherein he attempts, in basically a waste of time style, to relegates religion to myth, embraces evolution theory, and therein attempts to track down the physical science origins of good and evil, citing thinker such as: Plato, John Milton, Goethe, Mill, Pope, Herbert Spencer, among others, with chapters such as “Natural Laws and Human Laws” (§7), “Satan Relegated to the Realms of Myth” (§1), discussing scientific concepts such as temperature and latent heat in respect to human conundrums, among others. [1]

The following is Millin’s abstract:

“The existence of evil in the world is the standing riddle of all the ages. This book is the outcome of an attempt to reconsider the subject in the light of the modern theory of evolution. Readers of it may notice that it contains scarcely any reference to the Bible: no passages are quoted from it, no appeal is made to it. Nothing should be inferred from this as to the writer's opinion of the Bible. This book is intended for general readers, all of whom have a very vital interest in the world's sorrow and suffering, but many of whom are in doubt and perplexity as to the degree of authority to be accorded to the Bible. The writer is convinced that if anything useful is to be said upon the matter at the present time, it can only be by bringing to bear upon the facts of the world around an eye of quiet observation, and a judgment fearless of everything but falsehood, and quite unbiased by authorities ancient or modern. This is what he has endeavored to do.”

The Google Books key term search of Millin's book lures one into full reading, but the end result is time wasted. Nothing of note is found in the book.

Millin, in his Evil and Evolution, citing Alexander Pope, via John Mill, states the following on Pope’s 4.128 “shall gravitation cease when you go by?” poem puzzle: [4]

“In your perfect world, if a rock should fall when a man happened to be under it, what would save that man from being crushed? I cannot tell. I could not have suggested the law of latent heat to save the man from being drowned if he happened to be under a snow-covered hill when the temperature suddenly rose one degree above freezing point. That gravitation should cease is perhaps not so inconceivable as Pope would evidently have supposed.”

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Quotes | Employed
The following are other quotes employed by Millin:

“The theory of the devil must take its place with alchemy, the Ptolemaic theory of the universe, and other beliefs that the knowledge of the world has outgrown.”
Minot Savage (1876), The Religion of the Evolution; cited by George Millin in Evil and Evolution (pg. 6) [5]

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Millin, in his Life in Our Villages (1891), labeled himself as the “special commissioner of the Daily News”, supposedly some type of London newspaper. [2] In his 1892 The Social Horizon, Millin states that he has been a London journalist for many years, interesting in solving the problems of poverty and industrial strife, stating that his book is but the “musings of an independent and unbiased observer perplexed by the movements of time.” [3]

The following are noted quotes:

“All science starts with hypothesis.”
— George Millin (1896), title page quote to Evil and Evolution; a supposed truncation of Roger Bacon’s Aristotelian-framed scientific method (1265) [1]

“’God is good, and all that is good in the world is to be ascribed to him. The devil is bad, and all that is evil around us is to be ascribed to - him.’ This was the simple faith of the writer of that old account of creation, and it has since been the faith of unnumbered generations who have never thought of questioning its truth. But science has entirely repudiated that old account of the origin of things. Neither in the world of matter nor in the world of mind is there, we are now assured, anything like creation of the perfect and complete. Such an idea has been wholly abandoned. It is all a matter of germ growth, of development, of unfolding, of evolution.”
— George Millin (1896) “Satan Relegated to the Realms of Myth”, in Evil and Evolution (§1:2)

1. Millin, George. (1896). Evil and Evolution: an Attempt to Turn the Light of Modern Science on to the Ancient Mystery of Evil (quote, pg. iii). MacMillan and Co.
2. Millin, George F. (1891). Life in Our Villages. London, Paris & Melbourne: Cassell & Co.
3. Millin, George F. (1892). The Social Horizon (pg. iv). Publisher.
4. (a) Pope, Alexander. (1734). An Essay on Man (§2: “Of the Nature and State of Man with Respect to Himself, as an Individual” (Ѻ) (Ѻ); §4: “On the Nature and State of Man with Respect to Happiness” (Ѻ) (Ѻ)). Publisher.
(b) Mill, John S. (c.1852). “Nature”, in: Three Essays on Religion (pgs. 3-68; Pope, pg. 28). Longmans, Green & Co., 1885.
(c) Millin, George. (1896). Evil and Evolution: an Attempt to Turn the Light of Modern Science on to the Ancient Mystery of Evil (quote, pg. iii; Pope, pg. 78). MacMillan and Co.
5. Savage, Minot J. (1876). The Religion of Evolution. Boston.

Further reading
● Yong, Amos. (2011). The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Imagination (Millin, pg. 183). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.

External links
Millin, George Francis – WorldCat Identities.

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