The Psychological Phenomena of Christianity

The Psychological Phenomena of Christianity

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The Psychological Phenomena of Christianity

The Psychological Phenomena of Christianity

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The attempt to approach religion from the standpoint of psychology is a matter of comparatively recent endeavor. The serious consideration of this subject has been confined to the last twenty-five years, and America has taken a leading part in the investigations; England, France, and Germany have all made contributions. The titles of some of the earlier volumes published have been far too comprehensive, but it is only natural that a part should be conceived as the whole in the days when a science is young and undeveloped.

Minute investigations concerning some phases of the subject have been made and much of real value has been contributed in this way, but it seemed that some one should essay a summation of the conclusions of these detailed studies, with other material, so that there might be laid before the public an outline of the psychological phenomena of Christianity, covering as nearly as possible the whole field. This is the object of the present volume.

With the exception of a few examples used for comparison or illustration, only the phenomena of Christianity are presented, not because other religions could not furnish instructive and interesting material, but because every religion could provide so much that a mere outline, as this is, would necessitate a volume of equal size, and so it would become too extensive and diversified for our present purpose.

It will be noticed that the whole range of phenomena of Christianity has been included, abnormal and normal, pathological and healthful. In general, the first half is taken up with the abnormal and the latter half with the normal.

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