The religion of evolution by Minot Judson SavageThe religion of evolution by Minot Judson Savage

The religion of evolution

byMinot Judson Savage

Paperback | January 14, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1881. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... VIII. PRAYER. The place which prayer holds in the popular thought, the controversy in regard to it, and the consequent doubt and confusion,--: these make it a topic of the first importance both to the understanding and the heart. To glance at its origin and development, and then to study the popular beliefs in the light of modern knowledge, and so, if possible, to gain a position both rational and devout,--this is my present purpose. I have shown that the early objects of human worship were not persons to be loved. The gods of the childhood of the world were beings who filled the souls of men with dread. The first altars were built by fear; and the first.prayers were deprecations, pleas, and entreaties intended to ward off impending ill. It was common among the early tribes to worship the spirit of their ancestor, who was supposed to watch over his descendants, and to hold their fortunes in his hand. This worship did not spring from any special love or veneration; but they believed that their tribal founder was jealous of his memory and honor, and that, if they did not keep alive his name and his worship, he had both the power and the disposition to do them incalculable harm. So their altars and their prayers were only a sort of tribute paid to keep their god in good humor, and thus to buy his favor and protection. And a similar idea prompted the aboriginal worship of the forces of nature. The forces and movements that pressed most closely upon them were those of hunger and cold and storm; forces that hurt them, and of which they stood in continual fear. Thus their prayers were not at all in the nature of loving communion,-as of a child with father or mother. They did not love their gods, nor care for their friendship or fellowship for its own sake. They only st...
Title:The religion of evolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217640516

ISBN - 13:9780217640510

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