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ESSAY IN COMPARATIVE THEOLOGY.

BY

JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE.

"Prophets who have been since the world began." - LUKE i. 70.

“Gentiles.... who show the work (or influence) of the (that) law which is written in
their hearts." - ROMANS ii. 15.

" God.

hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of
the earth .... that they should seck the Lord, if haply they may feel after him and find
him." - Acts xviij. 24-27.

BOSTON:

JAMES R. OSGOOD AND COMPANY,
LATE TICKNOR & FIELDS, AND FIELDS, Osgood, & Co.

Į 871.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871,

BY JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

UNIVERSITY PRESS: Welch, BIGELOW, & Co.,

CAMBRIDGE.

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PREFACE.

THE

HE first six chapters of the present volume are com

posed from six articles prepared for the Atlantic Monthly, and published in that magazine in 1868. They attracted quite as much attention as the writer anticipated, and this has induced him to enlarge them, and add other chapters. His aim is to enable the reader to become acquainted with the doctrines and customs of the principal religions of the world, without having to consult numerous volumes. He has not come to the task without some preparation, for it is more than twentyfive years since he first made of this study a speciality. In this volume it is attempted to give the latest results of modern investigations, so far as any definite and trustworthy facts have been attained. But the writer is well aware of the difficulty of being always accurate in & task which involves such interminable study and such an amount of details. He can only say, in the words of a Hebrew writer: "If I have done well, and as is fitting the story, it is that which I desired; but if slenderly and meanly, it is that which I could attain unto."

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