Primitive Traits in Religious Revivals: A Study in Mental and Social Evolution

Primitive Traits in Religious Revivals: A Study in Mental and Social Evolution

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Primitive Traits in Religious Revivals: A Study in Mental and Social Evolution

Primitive Traits in Religious Revivals: A Study in Mental and Social Evolution

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I have endeavored to present a sociological interpretation of religious revivals, a task which, so far as I know, has not been seriously attempted hitherto. I have aimed at a true scientific description, beginning with a provisional discrimination of the whole subject, continuing with an inductive investigation of particulars, and concluding with so much of explanation and practical suggestion as appears to flow naturally from the concrete material. It is an interpretation in terms of law and personality, a simple attempt to illustrate the profound proposition of Harnack that religion has its secrets, but no mysteries. I have used the term "revival" not in its broad Lutheran or Puritan sense, but in the narrower signification, which has grown up in recent centuries, of a particular method and a particular experience.

The book is not without an a priori vein. The doctrine of mental and social evolution is assumed throughout. The world of living men is regarded as in process of development from the animal and . . .

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