Apologia Pro Vita Sua: Being a History of His Religious Opinions

Apologia Pro Vita Sua: Being a History of His Religious Opinions

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Apologia Pro Vita Sua: Being a History of His Religious Opinions

Apologia Pro Vita Sua: Being a History of His Religious Opinions

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The following History of my Religious Opinions, now that it is detached from the context in which it originally stood, requires some preliminary explanation ; and that, not only in order to introduce it generally to the reader, but specially to make him understand, how I came to write a whole book about myself, and about my most private thoughts and feelings. Did I consult indeed my own impulses, I should do my best simply to wipe out of my Volume, and consign to oblivion, every trace of the circumstances to which it is to be ascribed ; but its original title of Apologia is too exactly borne out by its matter and structure, and these again are too suggestive of correlative circumstances, and those circumstances are of too grave a character, to allow of my indulging so natural a wish. And therefore, though in this new Edition I have managed to omit nearly a hundred pages of my original Volume, which I could safely consider . . .

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