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CHARACTERISTICS OF BELIEF
SCIENTIFIC AND RELIGIOUS
BEING THE HULSEAN LECTURES FOR 1869.
J. VENN, M.A.
FELLOW AND LECTURER OF GONVILLE AND CAIUS COLLEGE
London and Cambridge:
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100184 OCT 17 1906
THE following discourses are intended to illustrate, explain, and work out into some of their consequences, certain characteristics by which the attainment of religious belief is prominently distinguished from the attainment of belief upon most other subjects. These characteristics consist in the multiplicity of the sources from which the evidence for religious belief is derived, and the fact that our emotions contribute their share towards producing conviction.
These are facts which, it need hardly be remarked, have been perpetually noticed before, but I have never met with any attempt to show their full significance, or to work out the inferences which follow from the admission of their existence.
As there are several questions which will very likely be suggested, and which the necessary brevity of spoken discourses prevented me from discussing at the time, they may conveniently be anticipated here.
I have avoided, as far as was possible, commit