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The Belief In God And Immortality (1921) PDF by James H. Leuba

The Belief In God And Immortality

The Belief In God And Immortality


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God, the soul, and immortality constitute according to general opinion, the great framework of religion. In an earlier book, I have considered the origin, the nature, the function, and the future of the belief in what I have called “personal” gods. 

The present volume is, in the main, a similar study of the belief in personal immortality. Chapters one to five treat the origin, the nature, and the function of that belief. They show in particular that two quite different conceptions of personal immortality have been successively elaborated; and that the modern conception is not growing from the primary belief, but an independent creation, differ- ing radically from it in point of origin, in nature, and in function. Whereas the primary belief was forced upon men irrespective of their wishes as an unavoidable interpretation of certain patent facts (chiefly, probably, the apparition of deceased persons in dreams and in visions), the modern belief was born of a desire for the realization of ideals. The first came to point to an exclusively wretched existence, and prompted men to guard against the possible danger to them arising from ghosts; the second contemplated from the first endless continuation in a state of completed or increased perfection and incited the living to ceaseless efforts in order to make themselves fit for that blessed consummation.

James Henry Leuba was an American psychologist best known for his contributions to the psychology of religion. His son Clarence James Leuba was also a psychologist and taught at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.


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