The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 20
Strength of the Religious Element
Strength of the Religious Element.
Man is a religious being, or rather possesses a religious element in his nature, which makes Deity, Immortality and Spiritual Progress facts necessary to his very being. Where this element and these facts are ignored, true harmony is an impossible attainment. Such is the power of this natural sentiment in the human soul that it can subdue and conquer the fear of death, enforce pain, privation and mortification of the flesh, and, when misdirected, can be made to do violence to the holiest and most sacred ties that bind humanity. Atheists, and mere secularists, who ignore it, must of necessity fail in their efforts to bind in one homogenous mass the conflicting interests of mankind.
The Harmonialist proceeds upon the principle of induction in proving his conclusions in regard to spiritual matters, he collates the various facts of so-called spirit phenomena, and, from a combination of unvarying results, giving forth an intelligible phase; from the unseen and invisible, he is led to the conclusion that unseen intelligences bound our material existence on every hand.