Elements of the Science of Religion

Elements of the Science of Religion

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... votaries of our science. The causes of this phenomenon are obvious. The differences in question are determined, as, in the case of individuals, by disposition, temperament, and circumstances of life, so in religions, as well as in communities, by nationality, history, vicissitudes, and above all by their origin. All human development is one-sided, and more or less so in accordance with its lower or higher condition, everything human being defective and limited. Thence arise various different conceptions, each perhaps containing a portion of the truth, yet necessarily all incomplete. Now the character of a religion, and therefore also the direction of its development, depend chiefly upon the conception which people form of their god or gods, their conception of what the deity is towards man, and conversely of man's relation to the deity, and of the relation of God, and therefore of godserving man also, towards the world of phenomena. It is not an abstract philosophical conception of God, born of the speculations of a single thinker, but a conception for which one cannot always account, emanating from a state of mind, from an emotional condition, and at length put into shape by thought and by poetical imagination. It is an utterance of feeling through the medium of images and doctrines, and above all of religious observances, by means of which men seek communion with their deity. Such a conception, when once it has become the fundamental and predominating idea of a religion, though not always distinctly expressed, stamps its impress on the whole of the subsequent development. Other religious thoughts, as legitimate, and received into the conception of other religions, now fall into the shade, though not perhaps wholly neglected, and even...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236747089
  • 9781236747082