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The Evolution Of Theology: An Anthropological Study
I suppose that, so long as the human mind exists, it will not escape its deep-seated instinct to personify its intellectual conceptions. The science of the present day is as full of this particular form of intellectual shadow-worship as is the nescience of ignorant ages.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing
(first published January 1st 1886)
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Jan 07, 2014 Skyler Myers rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in the origins and evolution of theology
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