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Early Evolution of Religion

Chance: Good Luck and Bad Luck  •  The Personification of Chance  •  Death—The Inexplicable  •  The Death-Survival Concept  •  The Ghost-Soul Concept  •  The Ghost-Spirit Environment  •  The Function of Primitive Religion

THE evolution of religion from the preceding and primitive worship urge is not dependent on revelation. The normal functioning of the human mind under the directive influence of the sixth and seventh mind-adjutants of universal spirit bestowal is wholly sufficient to insure such development.


Man’s earliest prereligious fear of the forces of nature gradually became religious as nature became personalized, spiritized, and eventually deified in human consciousness. Religion of a primitive type was therefore a natural biologic consequence of the psychologic inertia of evolving animal minds after such minds had once entertained concepts of the supernatural.

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