The Evolution of Theology in the Greek Philosophers: The Gifford Lectures - Vol. 1

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LECTURE FIRST.
THE RELATION OF RELIGION TO THEOLOGY.

A GREAT part of the scientific and philosophical work of this century has been the application of the idea of evolution to the organic world and to the various departments and interests of human life. And, as religion is the most comprehensive of all these interests--that which goes highest and lowest in man, and, as it were, sums up in itself all other interests--it was inevitable that the attempt should be made to throw new light on it by means of this idea. I need not dwell upon the importance and extent of the researches into the whole history of man's religious life which have been prompted and guided by this conception, nor upon the variety of interpretations which have been given to it. In a set of lectures delivered in another University,1 I endeavoured to deal with certain aspects of the subject. I there tried to show, in the first place,

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The Evolution of Religion ( MacLehose & Sons, Glasgow). VOL. I.

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