The Light of Day: Religious Discussions and Criticisms from the Naturalist's Point of View

The Light of Day: Religious Discussions and Criticisms from the Naturalist's Point of View

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The Light of Day: Religious Discussions and Criticisms from the Naturalist's Point of View

The Light of Day: Religious Discussions and Criticisms from the Naturalist's Point of View

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In Central Asia, near the river Oxus, there is said to be a famous rock, called the Lamp Rock, from a strange light that seems to issue from a cavern far up on the side of the mountain. The natives have a superstitious fear of the rock, and ascribe the light to some dragon or demon that lives in the cave. Recently a bold English traveler climbed up and investigated the phenomenon. The light was found, after all, to be only the light of common day. The cave proved to be a tunnel, and the mysterious light came through the rock from the other side, making a strong glow or nimbus at the mouth of the dark cavern.

This incident, so typical of much that has taken place and is still taking place in the world, especially in the religious experience of mankind, has suggested the title to this volume of essays, in which I have urged the sufficiency and the universality of natural law, and that most of the mysterious lights with which our fears, our ignorance, or our superstitions have invested the subject of religion, when brought to the test of reason, either vanish entirely or give place to the light of common day.

The essays for the most part were written twelve or fifteen years ago, when the author's mind was . . .

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