The Philosophy of Religion

Excerpt

The volume of the International Theological Library on the Philosophy of Religion was originally undertaken by the late Professor Flint. Unfortunately the state of Dr. Flint's health prevented him from accomplishing any part of the work. At the request of the Editor of the Library--the late Professor C. A. Briggs, of New York-- and the Publishers, the present writer agreed to take the place of his respected teacher.

The reader will find in the Introduction a statement of the method adopted in the book, and the reasons for adopting it. Throughout the work an attempt has been made to keep the facts and movements of religious experience in the foreground, and to discuss the problems of religious philosophy in the light of their historic development. And though this may have led sometimes to a certain amount of repetition, the course followed has the distinct advantage of bringing the philosophic theory of religion into closer relation with the life of the religious spirit.

In the matter of philosophical principles the author is in general sympathy with the movement called Personal Idealism; and be has learned much from writers like Lotze, Professor James Ward, and Professor Stout. At the same time, it is hard to resist the conclusion that even a monadistic type of idealism requires modifications, if it is to do justice to the realistic implications of ex-

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1914

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