The Birth and Growth of Religion: Being the Morse Lectures of 1922

The Birth and Growth of Religion: Being the Morse Lectures of 1922

The Birth and Growth of Religion: Being the Morse Lectures of 1922

The Birth and Growth of Religion: Being the Morse Lectures of 1922

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This volume contains eight lectures delivered in Union Theological Seminary in 1922 on the Morse Foundation. In preparing them for the press their original form has been substantially preserved; only that some of the chapters have been expanded, and the whole revised.

What I have tried to do is to set forth, in brief, opinions about the evolution of religion formed in the course of a good many years' occupation with the subject. I have not undertaken to enumerate and describe in any detail the phenomena, much less to discuss general theories or explanatory hypotheses. A reader who desires more particular information on such matters may be referred to the learned, lucid, and judicious Introduction to the History of Religions, by Professor Crawford H. Toy (1913: Harvard University Press), or the recent excellent work of Professor E. Washburn Hopkins, of Yale University, Origin and Evolution of Religion (Yale University Press, 1923), and to the relevant articles in The Encyclopœdia of Religion and Ethics.

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