The Structure of Religious Experience

John Macmurray

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John Macmurray, one of the most brilliant of the younger English philosophers, sets forth his conception of a religion which he believes can save the world from chaos. He regards religion as having its springs in the relations between human individuals, and thinks that a religion that is not concerned with inherent social questions is no religion at all, or rather, it is a religion that has been falsified and that has lost the clue to its own meaning. According to his view, every aspect of progress, every scientific advance, the achievement of every artist and every mystic is to be tested not against a supernatural world but in the practical world of human society. It is only in this way that the efficacy of religion and its high usefulness to mankind will be able to continue in its historical importance and perhaps even create a world of peace and well-being.



John Macmurray is Grote Professor of Mind and Logic, University College London, England

“Professor Macmurray is a marvelous thinker. No one excels him in the English-speaking world. . . . This book is so important every intelligent person should read it.”—Boston Transcript

“Distinguished thinkers have appeared through the years in fulfillment of the Terry Foundation, and Professor Macmurray worthily brings the succession of thought to the highest point thus far attained in the evolution of religious thought. . . . This profound, original, and pioneering Englishman has performed the most courageous and significant service for theology since the rise of religious humanism a decade ago.”—Albert C. Dieffenbach in the New York Herald Tribune

“If every priest and preacher would read and digest this meaty book, small but packed with nutritive thought, the impending collapse of religion in America might be averted. . . . When the history of the new religious humanism is written, this book will rank as one of its great documents.”—Charles Francis Potter

ISBN: 9780300135664
Publication Date: March 1, 1936
89 pages, 5 1/4 x 8
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