Excerpt from The North American Review, Vol. 75 A Progress of the Intellect in matters of religion is certainly possible; for the fact that there has been such a progress rests on the basis of historical evidence. But there cant be progress to such an extent as to annihilate all positive fact and absolute truth, and render religion a purely subjective affair, or a mere process of unsubstantial and unsupported mental phemena. Such a progress, having neither starting-point r goal, would annul itself. Whatever doctrine may be maintained on the subject of the genealogical unity of mankind, and whatever views may be adopted in regard to the existence and propagation of primeval traditions of an original divine revelation, certain it is, that facts of this kind lie in the unexplored recesses of an ante-historical period, and that the various historical nations have exhibited, from age to age, a progress of the intellect in their religious development, running parallel with their progress in other departments, and thus keeping pace with the advancing stages of general civilization. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.