The Conduct of Life

By Benedetto Croce; Arthur Livingston | Go to book overview
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XXVI
Objects of Worship

IT cannot be denied that the doctrine which integrates religion with philosophy by considering religion as a sort of philosophia inferior proves vaguely unsatisfactory at times even to those who hold in general to an immanentist concept of reality. And this uneasiness, if we carefully observe, arises almost always from a failure to find in philosophical thought any trace of the religious life as worship, as awe, as hope, as "fear of God." This provokes the rejoinder that religion belongs to the sphere of the practical and not to the sphere of thought, at least not purely to the sphere of thought -- an answer that leaves the problem just where it was.

But the doubt in question derives from the scant attention that is commonly paid, and from the hasty examination that is usually devoted, to the particular manner in which religion is reduced to philosophy -- to that spe

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