How Religion Arises; A Psychological Study

Paperback | May 21, 2012

byDuren James Henderson Ward

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 Excerpt: ...all the facts. This teaching receives its greatest strain when mention is made of the types of religious feeling where fear has disappeared entirely. "Perfect love casteth out fear." The Deity has come to be regarded with complete trust and faith. The believer is filled with the greatest peace. That this view utterly fails to stand the test is evident from the fact that many religions have gradually dropped the element of fear, but in doing so have dropped none of their religiousness. »s As an explanation of demonology, of the regard for supernatural beings in a negative sense, it has the highest merit; but, as an interpretation of the positive elements of religion, it is utterly valueless. It has the great advantage of being simple; and, because of this and the fact that it so thoroughly explains one side of the problem, it has met with a large acceptance as the most satisfactory hypothesis. Carrying it out to its consistent end, many predict the time when the superstitions of religion shall be things of the past. This they do with much reason from their point of view. If the comprehension as natural force of what we supposed to be definite personalities in charge of certain departments of nature does away with our fear, surely it is only a matter of time when the world of nature may become transparent to human thought, and with this would cease our homage. But on the other side, when the more the world becomes transparent and the more we see of its perfection in all ways, the more we find to increase our interest in it and our enthusiasm for it, the more we strive to conform our lives to its laws, the more we see of its deeper meaning and underlying principle,--surely the day of no religion becomes farther and farther removed. It was, in fa...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 Excerpt: ...all the facts. This teaching receives its greatest strain when mention is made of the types of religious feeling where fear has ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:May 21, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217491847

ISBN - 13:9780217491846

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