Prolegomena of the History of Religions

Prolegomena of the History of Religions (Paperback)

By Albert Reville 
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0217536905
EAN: 9780217536905
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No. of Pages: 82
Publish Date: 2012-10-12
Binding: Paperback
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: PBOLEGOMENA or THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS. .first fart. RELIGION. A.?Antiquity And The Middle Ages. Of all subjects of study, Eeligion is perhaps the one which has suffered most from misapprehension. There is none more constantly under discussion by those who do not possess even the simple elementary knowledge which is indispensable for the formation of a competent judgment. There are hundreds of thousands of minds to whom Eeligion, Christianity, Catholicism, Theology, are synonyms which they use indifferently one for the others. Eeligion is one of those domains in which the accident is continually confounded with the substance, the accessory with the essential. That is attributed to all humanity which is true of only a fraction, and that which endures but for a moment is held to be eternal. Hence the necessity, before entering on the historical task which we have set ourselves, of a sort of general survey which may help us in our long journey by defining notions and terms which are far from being sufficiently understood. We shall travel from the surface to the centre, in order to return from the centre to the surface, and so determine with more accuracy the meaning and bearing of certain general phenomena whichmet us at the outset, but which it was impossible to understand fully apart from their common source. The first thing that strikes us on glancing over a map of the religions of the globe, is their multiplicity and diversity. Creeds, rites, moral precepts or simple religious observances; fetichism, animism, polytheism, dualism, monotheism, pantheism; ritual obligations passing from crime to heroism, from prostitution to spotless purity, from cruel immolation of others to complete sacrifice of self?all, principles and forms, produce at f...
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Title: Prolegomena of the History of Religions
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
Author: Albert Reville
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0217536905
EAN: 9780217536905
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 82
Publish Date: 2012-10-12
Binding: Paperback

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