The Wrestle of Religion with Truth

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PREFACE

Religion rightly understood and applied can open a way to goods of supreme value which cannot be found in any other way. Religion so conceived and used becomes a method. It is a method based upon certain presuppositions. This religious method can be successful with regularity, i.e. escape the reign of chance, only when its presuppositions are true. Insofar as its presuppositions are false its success will always be a matter of accident.

Religion is greatly in need of refining its method and establishing its presuppositions. There is too much accident here. It would seem that the majority of religious people never find the great good which some few have reached. Perhaps this is inevitable so far as people fail to understand the method or refuse to meet its requirements. But the method should be so formulated and the presuppositions so established that any earnest and faithful seeker may find that which the most fortunate have attained.

The present book is an attempt to describe those goods which must be sought and found by way of religion; to formulate the religious method by which they are attained; and to ascertain those true presuppositions upon which the method must be based if accident is to be banished from its successful operation.

We do not pretend to finality in our conclusions. On the contrary, while religion is as ancient as the race, this

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