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Science of Spiritual Life

Science of Spiritual Life

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
OR,

THE ADAPTATION OF CHRISTIANITY TO THE
NATURE AND CONDITION OF MAN.


BY REV. JOHN COOPER.
OR,

THE ADAPTATION OF CHRISTIANITY TO THE
NATURE AND CONDITION OF MAN.


BY REV. JOHN COOPER.

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SCIECE OF SPIRITUAL LIFEOR,THE ADAPTATIO OF CHRISTIAITY TO THEATURE AD CODITIO OF MA.BY REV. JOH COOPER.PREFACE TO THE SECOD EDITIO.It is now ten years since the First Edition of the" Science of Spiritual Life " was published. Duringthese years many books on religious subjects haveissued from the press, but though carefully watching,I have not yet^seen any book which has attemptedto deal with the wide and important subject to theelucidation of which this volume is devoted. Afertile region, therefore, I am sorry to say, is allowedin great measure to remain unproductive.As indicated in the Preface to the First Edition,the book was written and put through the press undervery disadvantageous circumstances, and in con-sequence blemishes were allowed to pass, which inother circumstances would not have found place.These blemishes have now in part been removed,yet this Second Edition is substantially the sameas the First. The following are the main changeswhich have been made : — A new Introduction hasbeen substituted. The substance of the Appendixhas been inwrought into the chapter on the Powerof Reconciliation, and the twenty-third chapter,entitled "Inspiration," has been recast, and nowconstitutes chapter third, and is entitled "The
 
vi PREFACE TO THE SECOD EDITIO.Transmission and Reception of Truth." These arethe principal changes which have been made in theLook, at all events, the only changes which call forspecial notice.I cannot allow this opportunity to pass withoutreferring to the second chapter — a chapter overwhich it would seem many have been sorely exercised.This chapter I have still retained, for this reason, viz.,the book is intended for those who are familiar withthe style of thought which runs through that chapter,as well as for those to whom it is strange ; the formermay be able to appreciate it, the latter may pass onto the following chapters, and do little violence tothe course of the aro^ument.A word to my reviewers. They may herein seehow far their criticisms and suggestions have beenapproved of by me, and I would take this opportunityof thanking them for the courteous and, I may add,encouraging manner in which for the most part theyhave reviewed my labours.The book, with all its imperfections, I now againsend forth in the service of Him who accepts thefeeblest efforts put forth for His glory, and for thegood of man.PREFACE TU THE FIRST EDITIO.The principles evolved iu this volume have received
 
the attention of the writer for years. In venturingto give them to the world, he is not without thehumble hope that they may (under the Divineblessing), be made instrumental in helping toestablish the cause of truth, and to promote theglory of God. He regrets that the circumstancesunder which he has committed his ideas to writing,and thereafter passed them through the press, havenot been of the most favourable character for theproduction of such a work. The statement of thisfact will in some measure explain, while it doesnot excuse, and is not intended to justify, theimperfections of the book. A just and impartialcriticism is not shunned, but will rather be wel-comed. The work is put forth as a small contribu-tion to the great cause of truth, and while, in thefull consciousness of its imperfections, it is laid atthe feet of the great Teacher of the race, it is atthe same time offered for the perusal of thoughtfulmen.COTETS.CHAP. PAGEITRODUCTIO ...... II. MA A RELIGIOUS BEIG, I A IRRELIGIOUS EFFORTAD HELPLESS CODITIO . . . .26II. TRUTH I ITS HIGHER MAIFESTATIOS . . .40III. THE TRASMISSIO AD RECEPTIO OP TRUTH . . 57IV. THE PRIMARY LAWS OP PERCEPTIO, OR THE

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