The Spiritual Life: Studies in the Science of Religion

The Spiritual Life: Studies in the Science of Religion

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The Spiritual Life: Studies in the Science of Religion

The Spiritual Life: Studies in the Science of Religion

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Perhaps no group of ascertained facts excels in either theoretical or practical interest the mass of human experiences called religious. Clustering about them and intertwined with them are all the marvels, real and alleged, of hypnotism, telepathy, and mediumship; illusions and hallucinations here acquire their greatest power; here the roots of the highest reason lie side by side with those of the lowest superstition. Nor do religious phenomena lose their psychological importance when they are disentangled from everything that is abnormal, for they are everywhere present in human life, and in forms exceedingly various. In some of these forms religious experiences are rare, sudden, and surprising; in all forms they reverberate with surprising power and permanence through the entire mental organism.

Yet the phenomena of religious experience have been the last to be granted a hearing by the science of psychology. Explorations have been carried on in many a remote and obscure region of the mind in apparent unconsciousness of this whole mass of psy-

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