The Philosophy Of Religion On The Basis Of Its History Volume 4

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byOtto Pfleiderer

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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: ... CHAPTER II. RELIGION AND MORALITY. It is an incontestable fact that in the higher states of civilisation religion and morality act and re-act very intimately on each other; and it is natural to suppose that this was the case from the beginnings of human life on the globe. It may indeed be unhesitatingly asserted that it was so, if only we do not forget two things: first, that a relation of action and re-action is not identity, and then that neither the religion nor the morality of primitive times corresponds exactly to what we now understand by these terms. Both of these points have been very much overlooked; some students have maintained that a pure morality, being an element of a pure religion, sprang from the primitive revelation; others on the contrary have held that religion arose out of a highly-developed moral consciousness, out of the recognition of our duties as divine commands, or the need of the conscience for divine support of our moral strength, or something else of the kind. It was a natural and justifiable reaction from such aberrations when the new and more exact study of religion pointed with emphasis to the wide interval which exists between the views and usages of primitive religions and our moral ideals. When we see that in rude states of civilisation petty usages devoid of any rational meaning are invested with the greatest religious importance and sanctity, while moral vices and abominable acts are practised not only without scruple on the part of religion, but in many cases even in her name, the assertion may appear to be justified "that the relation of morality to religion is one that belongs only in its rudiments, or not at all, to rudimentary civilisation," and that it is only during the course of history that the two spheres, ori...

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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: ... CHAPTER II. RELIGION AND MORALITY. It is an incontestable fact that in the higher states of civilisation religion and morality ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:114 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:February 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217102891

ISBN - 13:9780217102896

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