The Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Study of the Growth of Religious Consciousness (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Study of the Growth of Religious Consciousness

Nor do we limit our generalisation to the facts of the physical world, but assume that in the mental life also there are laws as dominant and unchange able, although these are of different character and are peculiar to their own sphere. It has been one of the greatest triumphs of modern times to bring under investigation by empirical methods the processes of human consciousness. The student in the psycho logical laboratory meets with as great orderliness and sequence among the facts of emotion or memory or reasoning as the physicist in his laboratory. Even the various types of insanity are usually traceable to natural causes, and recognisable as the result of exaggerated elements in the interplay of psychic forces, and not as manifestations of demoniacal possession, as was once commonly believed. It is scarcely questioned at the present time that all our mental processes follow an orderly sequence. We go one step further, and affirm that there is no event in the spiritual life which does not occur in accordance with immutable laws. The study of religion is to-day where astronomy and chemistry were four centuries ago. The world has been taken away from the oracle, alchemist, astrologer and petty gods, and given over to the control of law. Another four hundred years may restore to law the soul of man, with all its hopes, aspirations and yearnings.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - Edwin Diller Starbuck

Hardback

Published Date - August 23 2019

ISBN - 9781528462655

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm

Page Count - 458

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