The Reconstruction of Religion: A Sociological View

The Reconstruction of Religion: A Sociological View

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The Reconstruction of Religion: A Sociological View

The Reconstruction of Religion: A Sociological View

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In previous works the author has repeatedly said: "One of the greatest social needs of the present is a religion adapted to the requirements of modern life and in harmony with modern science." Since the beginning of the Great War a number of the most dispassionate and detached thinkers of our time have expressed the same general idea. Two eminent British sociologists have recently expressed themselves thus: "We are compelled to the admission (one hard for the student, the man of pure or applied science), that the essential problem of life is not material, but psychical. In a word, life needs to be eupsychic; or in an older word, religious." In May, 1916, Mr. G. Lowes Dickinson said in a private conversation with the author, "If I should guess, I would say that the great need of the world, just at present, is more religion. Of course, I mean religion of the right sort; of religion of a certain sort there is a plenty, but not enough of the right sort." Again, in March, 1915, the author had the pleasure of visiting with Mr. Frederic Harrison, the veteran leader of the English Positivists. Mr. Harrison forcefully expressed the opinion that the Great War was due to the decadence of ethical religion, and that the problem of world peace and order would never be settled until the religious question was settled.

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