What is religion?

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byWilhelm Bousset

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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.1907 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII THE NATURE OF CHRISTIANITY MORE than half a century was to elapse from the period of the prophets before religion experienced a new and higher development which was for the time being definitive. This development did not come without preparation. The nations along the Mediterranean and beyond in the East had already entered upon a life in common. Alexander the Great had ruled and had carried Greek culture far into the East. If the East was influenced by the West, it must be remembered the East opened its treasures to the West. In the interchange which took place between East and West there began a new life of inconceivable plenitude and richness. A common language, the Hellenic, united the nations; an Hellenic culture, intermingled with many foreign elements, began to dominate the world. The heritage of the Greeks took the place of the world-empire of the Romans. The work of Caesar, and more especially of Augustus, a new and secure order of things arose from the threatened chaos.. There ensued once again a great and universal revival in the intellectual life of man. Secure social conditions, extreme outward order and harmony, a marvellously facilitated and regulated international intercourse, a flourishing world-commerce, a revival in art, literature, science--it was into such a world that Christianity came. In the provinces especially Augustus was glorified as the deliverer and the saviour. The religious life of mankind at this time was also a life in common. We are confronted with many great and influential religions. There is the later Greek religion, due to Plato, of the cultured men of the Graeco-Roman empire, with its contrast between the ideal and the real world, and its lofty paean of the eternal home of the soul; the Babylonian religion...

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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.1907 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII THE NATURE OF CHRISTIANITY MORE than half a century was to elapse from the period of the prophets before religion ex...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217904750

ISBN - 13:9780217904759

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