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A Comparative View of Religions by Scholten by Johannes Henricus Scholten

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Washburn This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. edu/m/moagrp/) Note: Images of the original pages are available through the Making of America collection of the University of Michigan Libraries. 001 A COMPARATIVE VIEW OF RELIGIONS. Translated from the Dutch of J. H. Scholten, PROFESSOR AT LEYDEN, BY FRANCIS T. WASHBURN. " BOSTON: CROSBY & DAMRELL, 100 WASHINGTON ST. 1870. A COMPARATIVE VIEW OF RELIGIONS. [1] The conception of religion presupposes, a, God as object; b, man as subject; c, the mutual relation existing between them.

Buddhism. Against Brahminism Buddhism arose as a reaction. ) moved by the misery of his fellow-countrymen, determined to examine into the causes of it, and, if possible, to find means of remedying it. Initiated into the wisdom of the Brahmins, but not satisfied with that, after years of solitary retirement and quiet meditation, penetrated with the principles of the Sankya, he traversed the land as pilgrim (Sakya-muni, Sramana, Gautama) and opened to the people of India a new religious epoch. The tendency of the new doctrine was to break up the system of caste, and free the people from the galling yoke of the Brahminical hierarchy and dogmas.

The old dualism of force and matter, beneficent and destructive powers of nature, light and darkness, becomes in Parsism moral. The deity, no longer identified with nature, becomes a personal, spiritual being, the creator of mankind; and the end of the world's development is conceived as the triumph of the good. Hence the high rank which the doctrine of Zarathustra and its further development holds in the history of religion. 3. THE GREEKS. As man rises in spiritual development, nature becomes to him a revelation ever more and more manifold of the divine.

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