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A COSMIC VIEW OF

RELIGION

Ву

WILLIAM RILEY HALSTEAD

Cincinnati:
JENNINGS AND GRAHAM

New York:
EATON AND MAINS

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FOREWORD.

THESE pages undertake to deal with religion in its generic aspects, and from the side of the universe. The religious instinct is such a persistent radical, and so evidently here to stay, that the whole issue of the soul's fellowship with the Divine may be investigated from the viewpoint of the unity of creation. If man has come up out of things, he will not, in the long run, be largely influenced by any theory of detachment. The better understandings, therefore, of what this human is, in his inmost being, are to be reached by a careful estimate of his permanent outward correspondences, and of his actions under them, and of the degree of mastery which they have over him.

We have come to the time when the seriousminded refuse to go to school to the teacher who has to have himself whipped into acceptance of the nature truths which research has uncovered. So great and unquestioned have been the recent advances in psychology, in chemistry, in physics, and in biology, that the whole quantum of human

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