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Edward Carpenter (1920) - Pagan and Christian Creeds

Edward Carpenter (1920) - Pagan and Christian Creeds

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PAGAN AND CHRISTIAN CREEDS Their Origin and Meaning BY EDWARD CARPENTER LONDON GEORGE ALLEN AND UNWIN LTD.Ruskin House, 40 Museum Street, W.C.1First published in 1920 All rights Reserved 
"The different religions being lame attempts to represent under various guises this one root-fact of the central universal life, men have at all times clung to the religious creeds and rituals and ceremonials as symbolising in some rude way the redemption and fulfilment of their own most intimate natures - and this whether consciously understanding the interpretations, or whether (as most often) only doing so in an unconscious or quite subconscious way." The Drama of Love and Death, p. 96.
Chapter One 
The subject of Religious Origins is afascinating one, as the great multitude ofbooks upon it, published in late years,tends to show. Indeed the great difficultyto-day in dealing with the subject, lies inthe very mass of the material to hand -andthat not only on account of the laborinvolved in sorting the material, butbecause the abundance itself of factsopens up temptation to a student in thisdepartment of Anthropology (as happensalso in other branches of general Science)to rush in too hastily with what seems aplausible theory. The more facts, statistics,and so forth, there are available in anyinvestigation, the easier it is to pick out aconsiderable number which will fit a giventheory. The other facts being neglected orignored, the views put forward enjoy for atime a great vogue. Then inevitably, and ata later time, new or neglected facts alterthe outlook, and a new perspective isestablished.There is also in these matters of Science(though many scientific men woulddoubtless deny this) a great deal of'Fashion'. Such has been notoriously thecase in Political Economy, Medicine,Geology, and even in such definite studiesas Physics and Chemistry. In acomparatively recent science, like that withwhich we are now concerned, one wouldnaturally expect variations. A hundred and

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