Living Religions and Modern Thought

Living Religions and Modern Thought

Living Religions and Modern Thought

Living Religions and Modern Thought

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What do men really need for their complete satisfaction? What can they actually get? Those are ever recurring questions. At the present time the answer is not infrequently given: Simply the physical and cultural goods of a life limited in its outlook and its duration to this earth. Another answer is found in the great religions, one which presents a wider vision. It is the purpose of this book to give an account of living religious in modern forms of presentation. Some may think I offer too favorable a view of most of the religions discussed; but I have not been concerned here with destructive criticism. Even on the constructive side it is possible to present comparatively little of what I have learned in twenty-five years of study and of personal contact with adherents of the different faiths. I owe more to those contacts than to the vast literature studied, only a small part of which is referred to as illustrative. The main attitude adopted may be contrasted with that manifested by many, but by no means all, of the contributors to "Modern Trends in World Religions," edited by Dr. Eustace Haydon.

The present volume contains the substance of a course of lectures delivered on the Tallman Foundation at Bowdoin College. I wish to express my appreciation to the President and Trustees for the honor of the invitation. It is impossible to refer here specifically to the scholars of the various religions to whom I am . . .

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