The Concept of Deity
A Comparative and Historical Study. The Wilde Lectures in Natural and Comparative Religion in the University of Oxford
For good or ill, most, if not all, of the great institutions which have formed the framework of society have had their roots in the idea of Deity as a beneficent providential order of transcendental reality. In being handed down through countless generations the beliefs, concepts and customs have assumed a great variety of new outward forms in the process of transmission and development. To determine their true meaning and function as a cohesive force and as an expression of ultimate reality, the comparative and historical methods can be employed with considerable advantage. This book, first published in 1950, provides a valuable comparative study of religion.
Table of Contents
1. The Primitive Conception of Providence 2. The Worship of Nature 3. Oriental Pantheism 4. Anthropomorphism 5. Monolatry and Monotheism 6. Dualism 7. The Philosophy of Theism 8. The God of Religion 9. Divine Revelation
E. O. James