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DESIGNED To poixt out soxie OF THE
INTIMATE RELATIONS BETWEEN GOD AND MAN
HIGHER FORMS OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE.
PROFESSOR of MENTAL AND Most AL pililosophy IN Bowdoix College, MAINE.
B O S T O N :
CHARLES H. PEIRCE AND COMPANY.,
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851,
TO THE READER.
THERE are some things in the following pages which may seem difficult to be understood, and perhaps still more so to be received ; but all I can ask is, that they may be read in that spirit of simplicity and prayer in which, I trust, they have been written. I have no private or party interests to subserve; but only wish to do what I may seem, in the providence of God, called to do, for that cause of Christ, of God, and humanity, which is dearer to me than anything else. And this is a consolation which always attends me, – the full belief that the truth will live and do the good which is appropriate to it, and that all error will and must die.
Some of the principles which are laid down in these pages will be found in other writers. They are clearly sustained by some passages in St. Augustine, and in other writers of an early date. They harmonize with many views and expressions which are found in the devout writings of Thauler and Arndt. The well-known and much esteemed treatise of Scougal, entitled, “The Life of God in the Soul of Man,” intimates its leading ideas in its title. The object of this writer, although he takes a more