An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion

An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion

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An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion

An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion

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Of the many things that fill a visitor from the old country with admiration, on his first visit to the United States, that which arrests his attention most frequently, is the extent and success with which science is applied to practical purposes. And it is beginning to dawn upon me that in the United States it is not only pure science which is, thus practically applied, -- the pure sciences of mechanics, physics, mathematics, -- but that the historic sciences also are expected to justify themselves by their practical application; and that amongst the historic sciences not even the science of religion is exempted from the common lot. It also may be useful; and had better be so, -- if any one is to have any use for it. It must make itself useful to the man who has practical need of its results and wishes to apply them -- the missionary. He it is who, for the practical purposes of the work to which he is called, requires an applied science of religion; and Hartford Theo-

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