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THE

CHILDHOOD OF RELIGIONS.

1

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

Third Edition, crown 8vo, price 3s.,
THE CHILDHOOD OF THE WORLD :

A SIMPLE ACCOUNT OF MAN IN EARLY TIMES.

'The book is one which very young children could understand, and which grown-up persons may run through with pleasure and advantage.'-Spectator.

'Likely, we think, to prove acceptable to a large and growing class of readers.'-Pall Mall Gazette.

'The simplest, the most intelligible, and the most readable precis of the outcome of all that recent science can do towards giving its history of the origines of the human race that can be imagined.'— Literary Churchman.

• Its style is simply exquisite, and it is filled with most curious information.' - Christian World.

*Supplies just what is wanted with respect to what, for lack of a simpler name, we must call the child's cosmological questionings.'—Examiner. "Nothing better could be put into the hands of children.

In a style of beautiful simplicity it conducts us through the dimness and mystery of the remote past, and throws more light on the great problems of humanity than many works of a more pretentious and elaborate character.'—British Quarterly Review,

We gladly welcome it as the forerunner of a series of better children's books.' - Westminster Revier.

This genial little volume is a child's book as to shortness, cheapness, and simplicity of style. Mr Clodd has thought out his philosophy of life, and used his best skill to bring it into the range of a child's view.'-E. B. Tylor, F.R.S., in Nature.'

'I read your book with great pleasure. I have no doubt it will do good, and hope you will continue your work. Nothing spoils our temper so much as having to unlearn in youth, manhood, and even old age, so many things which we were taught as children. A book like yours will prepare a far better soil in the child's mind, and I'was delighted to have it to read to my children.'Extract from a Letter from PROFESSOR MAX MULLER to the Author.

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THE

CHILDHOOD OF RELIGIONS:

EMBRACING A SIMPLE ACCOUNT OF

THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF MYTHS AND LEGENDS

BY

EDWARD CLODD, F.R.A.S.,

AUTHOR OF
THE CHILDHOOD OF THE WORLD."

“We were all brothers, because we had one work, and one hope,

and one All-Father."--Alton Locke, p. 273.

HENRY S. KING & Co.,
65 CORNHILL, AND 12 PATERNOSTER Row, LONDON.

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IN a little book entitled The Childhood of the World,' which was received by the public with unlooked-for favour, an attempt was made to convey to young persons the knowledge concerning man's early condition which has been gathered during recent years, and it is to the Second Part of that work, which treats of his advance from lower to higher stages of religious belief, that the present volume, which deals mainly with the expression and embodiment of that belief in certain great religions of the East, is intended to be supplemental

The question which forces itself upon all who are interested in the education of the young, is what they shall be taught regarding the relation of the Bible to other sacred scriptures, and to the declarations of modern science where they fail to harmonise with its statements; and it is as a

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