History of Religion

A Sketch of Primitive Religious Beliefs and Practices, and of the Origin and Character of the Great Systems

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Author: Allan Menzies
Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 147,397 / 425 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.6
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 1,606
Added to site: 2009.09.03
mnybks.net#: 25190
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Religion, History
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f the world, are seen to be full of a significance which was not noticed formerly. We are thus in a very different position from our fathers for studying the religion of the world as a whole. To them their own religion was the true one and all the others were false. Calvin speaks of the "immense welter of errors" in which the whole world outside of Christianity is immersed; it is unnecessary for him to deal with these errors, he can at once proceed to set forth the true doctrine. The belief of the early fathers of the Church, that all worships but those of Judaism and Christianity were directed to demons, and that the demons bore sway in them, practically prevailed till our own day; and it could not but do so, since no other religions than these were really known. That ignorance has ceased, and we are responsible for forming a view of the subject according to the light that has been given us.

The science of religion, though of such recent origin, has already passed beyond its earliest stage, as a refer

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