Friedrich Max Muller Introduction to the Science of Religion

Introduction to the Science of Religion

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Excerpt from Introduction to the Science of Religion: Four Lectures Delivered at the Royal Institution

These Lectures which were intended as an introduction to a comparative study of the principal religions of the world, were delivered at the Royal Institution in London, in February and March 1870, and printed in Fraser's Magazine of February, March, April, and May of the same year. I declined at that time to publish them in a separate form, hoping that I might find leisure to work up more fully the materials which I had collected for many years. I thought that I should thus be enabled to make these lectures more interesting and more complete, and at the same time meet several objections that had been raised by some critics against the possibility of a scientific study of religions, and against my views on the origin, the growth, and the real value of the ancient systems of faith, elaborated by different branches of the human race. A small edition only was printed privately, and sent to some of my friends whose remarks have proved in many cases most valuable and instructive.

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