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Natural Religion

The Ultimate Religion of Mankind, 1st Edition

By Joseph Shaw Bolton


136 pages

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Driven by the dissatisfaction and turmoil in religion at the time this book was originally published in 1923, the author sets out a belief that all people have an inborn religion and investigates what the future of this religion might be as it changes from age to age. In the short chapters here the author reflects on the current trends in theology at the time and the history of Christianity.

This is an early critique of formalised religion and a simple advocacy of natural religion which is a glimpse into the basic philosophy of the early twentieth century.

Table of Contents

1. Reasonable Religion 2. Religion is a Natural Production 3. Bed-Rock 4. The Origin of a Religion 5. The Origin of Altruism 6. The Purpose of Our Universe 7. Is God a Person? 8. What is Natural Religion 9. The Divinity of Man 10. The Christmas Message 11. As I would Do If I were God 12. The Urge of God 13. What is the Business of Life 14. Number One 15. Self Expression Not Self Denial 16. God’s Great Plan 17. The Passing of Sacrifice 18. It Pays to Do Right 19. Ignorance the One Evil 20. By Thine Own Soul’s Light Learn to Live 21. The New Birth 22. God Consiousness 23. Does it Ring True? 24. Is Life a Conflict? 25. Without Shedding of Blood 26. Parables 27. Prayer 28. The Future of Religion 29. Fundamental Errors 30. The Fallacy of a Paid Clergy 31. Natural Religion the Only Permanent Religion 32. God Make Us Men

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1901 and 1991, Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion offers a selection of outstanding scholarship covering many aspects of philosophical enquiry into belief and faith. Topics include the history of atheism, natural religion, Christian ethics and the human soul. Some books look specifically at philosophers such as Hobbes, Plato, Kant, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard and Pascal. From classic works by Edward Westermarck, John Laird and G.D. Hicks to more recent investigations, this set contains important works by the likes of D.Z. Phillips, Frederick Ferré and A.C. Ewing making it an essential collection of these previously out-of-print works in a key subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
RELIGION / Philosophy