The Principles of Religious Development

The Principles of Religious Development

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The Principles of Religious Development

The Principles of Religious Development

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Though opinions vary in regard to the truth of religion, no one doubts the deep importance of the study of religion at the present day. For the temper and ideals of peoples are expressed in their religions, and a man's religious faith is the revelation of his deepest thoughts on life and destiny. In the great religions of the past we behold, as in a mirror, the strivings and aspirations of the races that have gone before, and a reflexion of the meaning they read into the world. Despite vast differences in culture, a spiritual unity is traceable in humanity; and in studying the rise and decay of religions men attain a profounder knowledge of themselves and the spiritual forces which have helped to mould them. They learn how rich and varied is their inheritance from the past, and see 'writ large' the principles at work which are still active in shaping their own spiritual experience. And the vogue of the evolutionary method has broken down an ancient prejudice. Any hard and fast grouping of religions into true and false is generally felt to be inadmissible, and the tendency is rather to adopt the idea of degrees of truth' or to fall back on the conception of working value.' Under the guidance of modern ideas of development, the study of the whole subject has been taken up in a catholic and . . .

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