An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion

Author: Frank B. Jevons
Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 67,587 / 202 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 1,821
Added to site: 2010.04.04 27232
Genre: Religion

function becomes permanent, remain fetiches and do not become gods. They do not even become "departmental gods," for their powers are to further a man's desires generally. On the other hand, they have personality, even if they have not personal names. Finally, if, as Höffding believes, the word "god" originally meant "he who is worshipped," and gods are worshipped by the community, then fetiches, as they are nowhere worshipped by the community, are in no case gods.

The function of the fetich is anti-social; of the gods, to promote the well-being of the community. To maintain that a god is evolved out of a fetich is to maintain that practices destructive of society have only to be pushed far enough and they will prove the salvation of society . . . 105-137


Prayer is a phenomenon in the history of religion to which the science of religion has devoted but little attention--the reason alleged being that it is so simple and familiar as not to demand detailed study. It may, however

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