The Atlantic Volume 4

The Atlantic Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...outlook; so their Hel ruled in a cold region, over those who were cowards by implication, --while the mead-cup went round, and huge logs blazed and crackled, for the brave and beautiful who had dared to die on the field of battle. But under Christianity the extremes of heat and cold have met, and Hel, the cold, uncomfortable goddess, is now our Hell, where flames and fires abound, and where the devils abide in everlasting flame." Still more will orthodoxy be shocked by Mr. Dascnt's neglect to except Christianity from the conclusion, (no new one, it need hardly be said, to those who know anything of the subject, ) that the mythologies or personal histories of all religions have been evolved the one from the other, or grafted the one upon the other, --and by his intimation, that Christianity, keeping pure in its spirit and undiverted from its purpose, has yet not hesitated to adapt its outward forms to the tough popular traditions which it found deeply rooted in the soil where it sought to grow, thus making itself " all things to all men, that it might by all means save some." It will be seen that this book is not milk for babes, but meat for strong men. Among the tales are some---and those, perhaps, the most interesting--which Mr. Dasent justly characterizes as "intensely heathen," and yet in which the Saviour of the world or his apostles appear as interlocutors or actors, which alone unfits the volume for the book-table of the household room. We are led to insist upon this trait of the collection the more, because the translator's choice of language often seems to be the result of a desire to adapt himself to very youthful readers, --though why should even they be led to believe that such phrases as the...show more

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  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 862g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236771907
  • 9781236771902