Journal of Religious Psychology, Including Its Anthropological and Sociological Aspects Volume 7

Journal of Religious Psychology, Including Its Anthropological and Sociological Aspects Volume 7

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...of a sociologist it is difficult to see how he could have defined religion as anything other than a social phenomenon. Prom his earlier writings one could have anticipated this with as much assurance as he can find it fundamental in all of his last treatment. A sociologist must find social phenomena as a physicist must find physical phenomena; he must be carried beyond the realm of individual psychology or give up his task if he hopes to continue in the pose of a sociologist. It is as true as the fact that an argument is stated in a given number of words is true, but it is truth from a point of view not the point of view. It may be more profitable than some other point or points of views--this remains to be shown. The author attempts no such justification. In fact, he seems not to appreciate that however productive of results, it is after all but one way of viewing the facts. If one happens to be interested in psychological considerations or for that matter in almost any other consideration, the social aspect of religion may appear in a new light, as accidental rather than inherent; a mode of expression, just as thoughts are conveyed in words but after all are only a vehicle of expression, not the intent and purpose; the manifestation but not the life. Good examples of this principle will be found among the new or so-called messianic religions of North America and other areas where the religious life has its inception in a given individual who transmits it to a group (his tribe). Here the concepts of the religious life as entertained by the individual are the larger sphere from which the tribe borrows. His is the larger mind, the social is the smaller mind so far as religious concepts are concerned. Yet, for Durkheim this is not religion until more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
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  • English
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  • 1236667921
  • 9781236667922