Religious Aspect of Philosophy

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780844613932
  • Publisher: Smith, Peter Publisher, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1985

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CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTION ; RELIGION AS A MORAL CODE AND AS A THEORY. Auch beweifl' ich, dass du glaubest, Was so rechter Glaube heisst, Glaubst wohl nicht an Gott den Vater, An den Sohn and heil'gen Geist. Heine. Intending in the following pages to sketch certain philosophic opinions that seem to him to have a religious bearing, the author must begin by stating what he understands to be the nature of religion, and how he conceives philosophy to be related to religion. We speak commonly of religious feelings and of religious beliefs; but we find difficulty in agreeing about what makes either beliefs or feelings religious. A feeling is not religious merely because it is strong, nor yet because it is also morally valuable, nor yet because it is elevated. If the strength and the moral value of a feeling made it religious, patriotism would be religion. If elevation of feeling were enough, all higher artistic emotion would be religious. But such views would seem to most persons very inadequate. As for belief, it is not religious , merely because it is a belief in the supernatural/ Not merely is superstition as such very different from religion, but even a belief in God as the highest of beings need not be a religious belief. If La Place had needed what he called " that hypothesis," the Deity, when introduced into his celestial mechanics, would have been but a mathematical symbol, or a formula like Taylor's theorem, no true object of religious veneration. On the other hand, Spinoza's impersonal Substance, or the Nirvana of the Buddhists, or any one of many like notions, may have, either as doctrines about the world or as ideals of human conduct, immense religious value. Very much that weassociate with religion is therefore non-essential to religion. Yet religio...
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