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The Next Step in Religion An Essay toward the Coming Renaissance   By: (1880-1973)

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THE NEXT STEP IN RELIGION

AN ESSAY TOWARD THE COMING RENAISSANCE

BY

ROY WOOD SELLARS, Ph.D.

Author of "Critical Realism," "The Next Step in Democracy," etc.

New York

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

1918

All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1918

BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

Set up and electrotyped. Published, August, 1918

TO

HELEN STALKER SELLARS

THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED

FOREWORD

The purpose of this book is positive and constructive, although it may not at first appear such to the reader whose inherited beliefs are freely challenged. But let the reader ponder the fact that the deepest spiritual life has always concerned itself with the appreciation and maintenance of values. He who acknowledges, and wishes to further, human values cannot be said to be irreligious or unspiritual.

The center of gravity of religion has been openly changing for some time now from supernaturalism to what may best be called a humanistic naturalism. The history of this change is traced in many of the chapters of the book. There have been many steps forward in the past, for every age must possess its own religion, a religion concordant with its knowledge and expressive of its problems and aims. The sincerity and adequacy with which this necessary task is done measures the spiritual greatness of the particular age.

I have called the book The Next Step in Religion because the time is ripe for one of the great steps forward. The setting of religion must be adjusted to man's knowledge. Let it not be feared that man's spiritual life will be injured thereby. Rather will it be made saner, healthier and more creative.

The first phase of religion reflected man's helplessness and fear. He peopled his surroundings with conscious powers, sometimes adverse, sometimes friendly, but always jealous. Man became their slave. As man became less of a savage, these gods of his fancy became nobler. But they still acted like magnets to draw his attention away from his own problems. The coming phase of religion will reflect man's power over nature and his moral courage in the face of the facts and possibilities of life. It will be a religion of action and passion, a social religion, a religion of goals and prospects. It will be a free man's religion, a religion for an adult and aspiring democracy.

A book must in the main carry its own credentials. But there may be those who will wish to carry the quest further and deeper. To those interested in my share in this larger work I may mention my Critical Realism and The Next Step in Democracy .

R. W. SELLARS.

Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 5, 1918.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I SUGGESTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 II THE AGE OF MYTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 III STORIES OF CREATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 IV MAGIC AND RITUAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 V THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTIANITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 VI THE PROPHET OF NAZARETH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 VII THE EVOLUTION OF CHRISTIANITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 VIII THE CONFLICT BETWEEN SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY . . . . . . . . 98 IX THE LIMITS OF PERSONAL AGENCY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 X DO MIRACLES HAPPEN? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 XI THE SOUL AND IMMORTALITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 XII THE PROBLEM OF EVIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 XIII RELIGION AND ETHICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 XIV THE CHURCH AS AN INSTITUTION THE CATHOLIC CHURCH . . . . 187 XV THE CHURCH AS AN INSTITUTION PROTESTANTISM . . . . . . . 198 XVI THE HUMANIST'S RELIGION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

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THE NEXT STEP IN RELIGION

CHAPTER I

SUGGESTIONS

More than people are consciously aware, a new view of the universe and of man's place in it is forming. It is forming in the laboratories of scientists, the studies of thinkers, the congresses of social workers, the assemblies of reformers, the studios of artists and, even more quietly, in the circles of many homes... Continue reading book >>




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