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The Next Step in Religion

An Essay toward the Coming Renaissance

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Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,128 / 198 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.8
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 711
Added to site: 2010.04.08
mnybks.net#: 27280
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Religion, Philosophy
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ortune. Let us see what the religion of the present with its more realistic conception of life has to say about salvation. I have written in the book as follows: "Only that soul is saved which is worth saving, and the being worth saving is its salvation. Salvation is no magical hocus-pocus external to the reach and timbre of a man; it is the loyal union of a man with those values of life which have come within his ken." Whatever mixture of magic, fear, ritual, and adoration religion may have been in man's early days upon this earth, it is now increasingly, and henceforth must be, that which concerns his contact with the duties and possibilities of life. Such salvation is an achievement which has personal and social conditions. It is not a label nor a lucky number for admission into another world, but something bought and paid for by effort. It is like character and education, for these are but special instances of it.

The personal conditions of spiritual life are sanity, health, and a capacity to be fi

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