The Princeton Review Volume 57

The Princeton Review Volume 57

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...of religions wins a very different basis; indeed, we may even claim that it for the first time finds a solid basis at all. For the miraculous is no proper matter of scientific investigation. This can be carried on only in the way of observation and comparison; and a miraculous intervention neither comes at present under the ken of the student, nor _is admitted by him in the past for any department of man's development save the religious. If, on the other hand, we have within our reach the whole material of study, with all the forces whose action is to be allowed for, in human circumstances and human nature respectively, the problem is a truly scientific one, like that of the origin of language or of the solar system, and capable of such solution, more or less complete and detailed according to their inherent difficulty and our command of the necessary data, as scientific problems in general admit. ' The use, then, of the name " science" of religion, or of anything equivalent to it, implies that there is believed to exist in observable human nature something which regularly and inevitably leads to the formation of religions. And such is the firm belief of those whose views we have undertaken to set forth. As things now are, a religion of some kind constitutes a part of every existing form of culture, and is handed down to each inheritor of that culture--like, for example, his language; but if we could suppose them all torn up to the last rootlet and flung away, something like them would (we cannot tell in how long a time) spring up to take their place, and that without any superhuman aid. How much of absolute truth would be in any or in all of them is another question. The Christian believes that only by an auxiliary revelation...show more

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 585g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236799240
  • 9781236799241