I conclude these remarks by copying the following portrait of the religion
of the south, (which is, by communion and fellowship, the religion
of the north,) which I soberly affirm is "true to the life," and without caricature or the slightest exaggeration.
It was great blasphemy, when the devil said, I will ascend, and be like the highest; but it is greater blasphemy, to personate God, and bring him in saying, I will descend, and be like the prince of darkness; and what is it better, to make the cause of religion
to descend, to the cruel and execrable actions of murthering princes, butchery of people, and subversion of states and governments?
Nay, Seth, lad; I'm not for laughing at no man's religion.
It's the preacher as empties th' alehouse; and if a man gets religion, he'll do his work none the worse for that.
But it isna religion as was i' fault there; it was Seth Bede, as was allays a wool-gathering chap, and religion hasna cured him, the more's the pity.
And as that abstract condition of Maia, to the kind and quantity of concrete literary production we hold to have been originally possible for him; so was the religion he actually attained, to what might have been the development of his profoundly religious spirit, had he been able to see that the old-fashioned Christianity is itself but the proper historic development of the true "essence" of the New Testament.
Bring, we should add, the Great Possibility at least within the lines of your plan--your plan of action or production; of morality; especially of your conceptions of religion.
Why, sir; 'tis enough to give them a surfeit of religion at first hearing; folks must have some religion themselves before they begin to teach other people.
I perceived they were all stupidly ignorant as to matters of religion, as much as I was when I went rambling away from my father; yet there were none of them backward to hear what had been said; and all of them seriously promised that they would talk with their wives about it, and do their endeavours to persuade them to turn Christians.
The clergyman smiled upon me when I reported what answer they gave, but said nothing a good while; but at last, shaking his head, "We that are Christ's servants," says he, "can go no further than to exhort and instruct: and when men comply, submit to the reproof, and promise what we ask, 'tis all we can do; we are bound to accept their good words; but believe me, sir," said he, "whatever you may have known of the life of that man you call Will Atkin's, I believe he is the only sincere convert among them: I will not despair of the rest; but that man is apparently struck with the sense of his past life, and I doubt not, when he comes to talk of religion to his wife, he will talk himself effectually into it: for attempting to teach others is sometimes the best way of teaching ourselves.
After this, my clergyman, waiting a while, was curious to know where Atkins was gone, and turning to me, said, "I entreat you, sir, let us walk out of your labyrinth here and look; I daresay we shall find this poor man somewhere or other talking seriously to his wife, and teaching her already something of religion.
Inter-religious dialogue has had the support of the Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the relationship of the Church to non-Christian religions
, perhaps better known by its opening words Nostra aerate (In this age of ours), October 28, 1965.
Effective introductions to world religions
in undergraduate survey courses challenge even the most gifted of teachers.
He believes that many tribes originally denied that they had religions
, but instead only a particular way to live, and now because of pressures, almost all Native people say they had a religion
After two introductory chapters on the meaning of religion
and how sociologists study religion
, they move to cover nine key issues including: theories of secularization, religion
in America compared to the rest of the world, class issues, ethnic composition, feminism, the specific role of the Roman catholic church, fundamentalist and evangelical groups, changes in religion
in America in the past 40 years, and new religions