A goodly crop of literature is already springing up out of the soil of experimental psychology, and a wide-spread interest is already aroused over that portion which deals with the religious life. Prof. Coe's book is thus far one of the most suggestive books of this class. Its secondary title ought perhaps to have been the main title, for it is, in fact, a study in the science of religion, whereas "The Spiritual Life" might suggest only one more addition to the class of devotional books. Prof. Coe deals with two classes of ...
A goodly crop of literature is already springing up out of the soil of experimental psychology, and a wide-spread interest is already aroused over that portion which deals with the religious life. Prof. Coe's book is thus far one of the most suggestive books of this class. Its secondary title ought perhaps to have been the main title, for it is, in fact, a study in the science of religion, whereas "The Spiritual Life" might suggest only one more addition to the class of devotional books. Prof. Coe deals with two classes of phenomena which in a general way might be described as the normal and the abnormal. He gives attention to the problems arising from illusions and hallucinations, from telepathy and mediumship, and one very instructive chapter is given to a study of "Divine Healing." But by far the most interesting and valuable portion of the book is that which deals with the normal religious experiences, especially those connected with the adolescent life. It is on this period that the thinking of earnest people is converging, whether the immediate motive be pedagogical or religious. Modern pedagogy maintains that "the child's own instincts and powers furnish the material and give the starting point for all education. Save as the efforts of the educator connect with some activity which the child is carrying on of his own initiative, independent of the educator, education becomes reduced to a pressure from without." The same may be said of religion and all the processes employed to induce a religious life. Unless they all connect with something that is already there, something taking place in the normal unfolding of life itself, they will be relatively false and harmful. For this reason every intelligent person who is also interested in the future of religion should welcome with all heartiness everything which promises to shed light upon the way of the Spirit in the soul of man. There is no reason to fear that research of this kind will reduce the spiritual life to a mere interest in scientific analysis any more than the study of harmony and acoustics reduces a Beethoven Sonata to a chapter on Physics. There can certainly be religion without the science of religion as there has been for many thousands of years, but there is no reason why a wider knowledge of the conditions in which the religious life is rooted should not yield a richer experience of the meaning and the spirit of religion. The first two chapters in Prof. Coe's book on "A Study of Religious Awakening," and "A Study of Some Adolescent Difficulties" will repay very careful study. The author is evidently a painstaking and conscientious investigator, a genuine lover of the truth, eager to ascertain and accept it, and his interest in the constructive bearings of his research on life itself is evident at every step. - The Review of Education , Vol. 6 
Good. 279pp; Blue cloth boards with faded gilt titling to spine, fraying to top of spine, previous owner's name to FFEP, minor staining to boards, text unmarked, binding is sound, Good condition. Studies in the science of religion. Contents: Preface; Introduction: The Psychological Point of View; A Study of Religious Awakening; A Study of Some Adolescent Difficulties; A Study of Religious Dynamics; A Study of Divine Healing; A Study of Spirituality; Appendices; Index.
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