The Religious and Social Problems of the Orient: Four Lectures Given at the University of California under the Auspices of the Earl Foundation, Pacific School of Religion

The Religious and Social Problems of the Orient: Four Lectures Given at the University of California under the Auspices of the Earl Foundation, Pacific School of Religion

The Religious and Social Problems of the Orient: Four Lectures Given at the University of California under the Auspices of the Earl Foundation, Pacific School of Religion

The Religious and Social Problems of the Orient: Four Lectures Given at the University of California under the Auspices of the Earl Foundation, Pacific School of Religion

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The present book is the outcome of the four lectures given on the E. T. Earl Foundation under the joint auspices of the Pacific School of Religion and the University of California, in September, 1921. The scheme of the book is this: to point out the fundamental issues, religious and social, in the problems of the Orient which arise out of its contact with the Occident. The author is well aware of the varying and changing phases of these problems in the several countries of the East. But since some of those changes are too transitory and subsidiary to be treated within his present limits, he has emphasized the main lines which seem to merit more abiding interest and attention. All of the major problems and movements arising both in the East and West are finally to be reduced, in his judgment, to the question of men's spiritual attitude, East and West, toward life in society and in the universe. For this reason the author puts special stress on the religious side of the situation, though he never intends to minimize the social and economic aspects.

Underlying all the statements and arguments here made runs the conviction that the relation and conflict between the East and West can never be dismissed with such a dictum as "East is East and West is West, . . ."

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