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AND OMENS

OF

THE GREAT WAR

BY RALPH SHIRLEY

EDITOR OF "THE OCCULT REVIEW"
AUTHOR OF "THE NEW GOD"

THIRD AND ENLARGED EDITION

LONDON

WILLIAM RIDER AND SON LTD.
8 PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C.

1915

First Edition, Oct. 30, 1914.

Reprinted Nov. 27, 1914.

Second Edition, Dec. 7, 1914.

Reprinted March 1, 1915.

Third and enlarged Edition, Aug. 1915.

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APR -2 1919
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INTRODUCTION

TIME and Space, however actual they may appear to us in the affairs of daily life, are, from the metaphysical point of view, merely modes and conditions under which our intelligence functions. They are part and parcel of our limitations as finite beings; but in attempting to postulate the existence of the Infinite we must assume a state where neither Time nor Space has place or meaning. In such a condition we cannot admit the reality of past, present, and future, but only the truth of one all-embracing eternal NOW. So also of Space. Infinity involves the negation of distance, a truth which we endeavour to express in saying that God is everywhere. Mr. H. G. Wells, in his brilliant romance "The Time Machine," by postulating the impossible and working out the theory of a machine travelling through time, as the railway train or motor-car passes through space, has endeavoured to convey some notion of the illusory nature of this conception, and the idea that Time looked at from a certain standpoint is in the nature of a cinematographic film, the scenes of which we witness in succession, the whole of the film being in reality present simultaneously throughout the spectacular performance. Time in reality is nothing more than a sequence in events. Nor can we gauge it otherwise than by the intervals between successive

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