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The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume IILogic, Loyalty, and Community$
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John J. McDermott

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224845

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823224845.001.0001

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Individual Experience and Social Experience as Sources of Religious Insight

Individual Experience and Social Experience as Sources of Religious Insight

(p.1015) 30 Individual Experience and Social Experience as Sources of Religious Insight
The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume II
John J. McDermott
Fordham University Press

This chapter addresses individual experience and social experiences as sources of religious insight. The essential conditions for discovering that man needs salvation are these: one must find that human life has some highest end; and one must also find that man, as he naturally is, is in great danger of failing to attain this supreme goal. If one discovers these two facts, then the quest for the salvation of man interests him, and is defined for him in genuinely empirical terms. To conceive the business of religion in this way connects religion with personal and practical interests and with the spirit of all serious endeavor. Meanwhile, society, in a certain sense, both includes and transcends the individual man. Perhaps, then, something can be done toward solving the problem of the religious paradox, and toward harmonizing the varieties of religious opinion, by considering the religious meaning of people's social consciousness.

Keywords:   individual experience, social experiences, religious insight, salvation, religion, society, religious paradox, religious opinion, social consciousness

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