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An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religi

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THE HARTFORD-LAMSON LECTURES ON THE RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD

AN INTRODUCTION

TO THE STUDY OF

COMPARATIVE RELIGION

BY

FRANK BYRON JEVONS

PRINCIPAL OF BISHOP HATFIELD'S HALL, DURHAM UNIVERSITY, DURHAM, ENGLAND

New York

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

1920

_All rights reserved_

COPYRIGHT, 1908,

By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Set up and electrotyped. Published October, 1908.

Norwood Press J. S. Cushing--Berwick & Smith Co. Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

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NOTE

The Hartford-Lamson Lectures on "The Religions of the World" are delivered at Hartford Theological Seminary in connection with the Lamson Fund, which was established by a group of friends in honor of the late Charles M. Lamson, D.D., sometime President of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, to assist in preparing students for the foreign missionary field. The Lectures are designed primarily to give to such students a good knowledge of the religious history, beliefs, and customs of the peoples among whom they expect to labor. As they are delivered by scholars of the first rank, who are authorities in their respective fields, it is expected that in published form they will prove to be of value to students generally.

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CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 IMMORTALITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 MAGIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 FETICHISM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 PRAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 SACRIFICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 MORALITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 CHRISTIANITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239 APPENDIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267 BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271 INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275

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ANALYTICAL TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

The use of any science lies in its application to practical purposes. For Christianity, the use of the science of religion consists in applying it to show that Christianity is the highest manifestation of the religious spirit. To make this use of the science


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