Excerpt from Six Lectures on Theology and Nature: I. Astronomical Religion, II. Religion of Nature, III. The Creator and His Attributes, IV. Spirit-Its Origin and Destiny, V. Sin and Death, Vi. Hades, the Land of the Dead; Together With the Outline of a Plan for a Humane Enterprise
Ere I can consent to submit the following pages to the criticism of promiscuous minds, I must offer a few remarks on their composition, of an introductory as well as deprecatory character. The course of Six Lectures herewith presented, was given through my lips, under what I believe to be the inﬂuence of Spirit power, and an intelligence foreign to my own. The law of such communications is sufficiently Well understood by the majority of those who will feel an interest in these pages, and I need only add, for the information of the unini tiated, that Whilst the theory of spirit communion claims the possi bility of the most exalted ideas inﬂowing upon the organism of a medium, through the different conditions of vision, trance, impression, psychology, etc., such ideas are invariably shaped in their external ex pression, first, by the cerebral development, and next, by the vocal organs of the medium. Much of what is here presented, therefore, is original in idea, at least, with an intelligential power beneath whose psychological impress my own mind becomes mere wax. The phraseology and innumerable irregularities of expression must be received as evi dence of a conﬂict between the infinite realms of thought and the finite chain of imperfect human language 3 the soaring eagle ﬂight of a spiritual idea, fettered by the narrow, half-conscious prison of an organism whose humanity must forbid its participation in conceptions often transcending its own sphere of observation. Measure not the ocean of mind, there fore, from which the thoughts pervading these addresses have come, by the form of the narrow banks of the human channel in which you find them imprisoned.
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