Religions of the Past and the Religion of the Future by SenexReligions of the Past and the Religion of the Future by Senex

Religions of the Past and the Religion of the Future


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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHAPTER THE PROBLEM OF RELIGION Religion is the greatest problem of humanity. The mind of man has been engaged upon it from the earliest times until the present, and we have now to ascertain as far as possible with what measure of success the enquiry has been attended and the best method for the further prosecution of it. In all religions the great underlying principles of the faith are ever associated with and obscured by a mass of sacerdotal forms and ceremonies, and substantial practical idolatry. In the earlier types of religion and among uncivilised and ignorant races there is but little trace of any underlying principles at all; the idolatry is gross and stolid. Among such races the sole origin of religion is fear bred of ignorance. The lightning that flashes from the heaven above, the thunder that crashes in the sky and reverberates through space, the hot sun that scorches, the water that may engulf, all are strange, unaccountable manifestations of some unseen, mysterious, and awful power. That power can neither be understood nor withstood, but they must endeavour to conciliate and appease it, if possible by prayers or gifts, by charms or incantations. Now it is instructive to observe that in the case of these primitive religions, as they are the offspring of ignorance, so they are dissipated and destroyed by increasing knowledge. The lightning and thunder that terrified our remote ancestors and brought them upon their knees are regarded with philosophic calm by the man of science of to-day. And this process is constant and progressive. The unknown is awful and is worshipped; the known is interesting and is studied. To the observer of old nothing appeared more lawless and incomprehensible than the wind. "The wind...
Title:Religions of the Past and the Religion of the FutureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217253482

ISBN - 13:9780217253482