But if it not be true, the myth itself requires to be explained, and every principle of philosophy and common sense demand that the explanation be sought, not in arbitrary allegorical categories, but in the actual facts of ritual or religious custom to which the myth attaches.
This, it may be said, is no more than a hypothesis... only of that force of precedent which in all times has been so strong to keep alive religious forms of which the original meaning is lost.
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Religion did not exist for the saving of souls but for the preservation and welfare of society, and in all that was necessary to this end every man had to take his part, or break with the domestic and political community to which he belonged.
Thus a man was born into a fixed relation to certain gods as surely as he was born into a relation to his fellow-men; and his religion… was simply one side of the general scheme of conduct prescribed for him by his position as a member of society.
|Birth:||8th November, 1846|
|Death:||31st March, 1894|
|Profession:||Editor, Scholar, Theologian|
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