JOHN McTAGGART ELLIS McTAGGART

Some Dogmas of Religion

London: Edward Arnold, 1906 [N.Y.: Kraus Reprint Co., 1969), p. 3.

 

 Religion is clearly a state of mind. It is also clear that it is not exclusively the acceptance of certain propositions as true. It seems to me that it may best be described as an emotion resting on a conviction of a harmony between ourselves and the universe at large. [4] Any definition less wide than this would be too narrow.  The word religion is habitually used of the traditional national systems, such as those of the Hindoos, Greeks, and Romans; it is used of the revealed systems of religion1; and it is used of the attitude of various people who do not accept any of them.  Plato, Spinoza, and Hegel would all, I suppose, be called religious men.

 

[1 For the sake of brevity, I shall use the term ‘revealed religions’ for all those systems which are held, by those who believe in them, to have been revealed.]

[Submitted by James A. Santucci]