1st Edition

The Beginnings of Religion
An introductory and Scientific Study

ISBN 9781138194557
Published February 29, 2016 by Routledge
162 Pages

USD $130.00

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Book Description

In this book, first published in 1948, an attempt has been made to provide an intelligible introduction to a somewhat complex aspect of scientific inquiry. And secondly, to construct a background of ‘primitive’ ritual and belief against which the more developed religions can be placed. This book is a valuable, early attempt at explaining the beginnings of religion from a modern scientific viewpoint.

Table of Contents

1. The Sacred  2. Providence  3. Spirits, Ancestors and Gods  4. Sacrifice and Sacrament  5. Spell and Prayer  6. The Cult of the Dead and Immortality  7. Myth and Ritual

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E. O. James