Psychology of Religion History

Famous quotes containing the words history, psychology and/or religion:

    The history of mankind interests us only as it exhibits a steady gain of truth and right, in the incessant conflict which it records between the material and the moral nature.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Whatever else American thinkers do, they psychologize, often brilliantly. The trouble is that psychology only takes us so far. The new interest in families has its merits, but it will have done us all a disservice if it turns us away from public issues to private matters. A vision of things that has no room for the inner life is bankrupt, but a psychology without social analysis or politics is both powerless and very lonely.
    Joseph Featherstone (20th century)

    ... religion can only change when the emotions which fill it are changed; and the religion of personal fear remains nearly at the level of the savage.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian)