The Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Study of the Growth of Religious Consciousness (Classic Reprint)

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Let us understand each other in the beginning. We proceed on the assumption-that this is a lawful universe that there is no fraction Of any part of it which is not entirely determined and conditioned by orderly sequence; that the laws which determine every event, no matter how mysterious, are ascertainable and thinkable, provided we have time, patience and wisdom enough to unravel them. The growth of' science has been a growth of the recognition of law. A little while ago comets and meteors were the heralds of good or ill to man; historical events were the sequence of juxta position of planets or flight of birds; sickness, mis fortune and death were visitations of divine displeasure - and science under such conditions was impossible. Now, in the physical world, caprice and chance have been eliminated. All things follow an irresistible sequence of cause and effect. When a new and strange fact of nature occurs we are not satisfied to regard it as a stroke Of magic or an arbitrary decree'of Providence. If a new reaction appears in the test-tube, or we get evidence of the existence of X-rays, we ask immediately what new laws of nature are shown here? How do these new 'phenomena fit into the old? Law reigns everywhere. The meteorologist is even studying the wind, and with some degree of success is finding whence it comes and whither it goes.

Nor do we limit our generalisation to the facts Of the physical world, but assume that in the mental life also there are laws as dominant and unchange able, although these are of different character and are peculiar to their own sphere. It has been one of the greatest triumphs of modern times to bring under investigation by empirical methods the processes of human consciousness. The student in the psycho logical laboratory meets with as great orderliness and sequence among the facts of emotion or memory or reasonin...

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William James was the son of the philosopher Henry James and brother of the novelist Henry James.

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