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natural religion


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.
  • n. a religion based upon the evidences of a God and his qualities, which is supplied by natural phenomena. See Natural theology, under Natural.


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  • Lamennais and others according to which -- taking human nature as it is -- there would not, and could not, have been any true or certain knowledge of God, among men, had there not been at least a primitive supernatural revelation -- in other words, natural religion as such is an impossibility.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • And hence it is that many poor creatures in a bondage state under the law, and therefore under sin’s dominion, do work like slaves in the dunghill of their own hearts to find out some natural religion or moral goodness in themselves to recommend them unto God.

    A Treatise of the Dominion of Sin and Grace

  • Fundamental for natural religion and ethics is the article of faith which asserts the power of mere reason to derive a certain natural knowledge of God from creation (Vatican.,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • But Neoplatonism was natural religion spiritualized, the polytheism of Greece transfigured by Oriental influences and developed into pantheism.

    The Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries

  • But although the opposition of natural and revealed religion is an opposition of abstractions, to which no facts really correspond, the term natural religion may be conveniently used to describe that aspect or point of view in which religion appears when separated from Judaism or

    The Epistles of St. Paul to the Thessalonians, Galatians and Romans: Essays and Dissertations

  • They wished to show to the heathen that this miraculous event was not altogether foreign to their own religious ideas, while they carefully guarded against the sensuous forms of thought involved in the myths; and, as they could presuppose this event, they had a right to employ the myths as they did, inasmuch as these poetical effusions of natural religion anticipated (though in sadly-distorted caricatures) the great truth of Christianity, that the union of the Divine with the human nature was brought about by a creative act of Omnipotence.

    The Life of Jesus Christ in Its Historical Connexion and Historical Developement.

  • Brahminism, being a natural religion and a privilege of Hindu birth, has never made any concerted attempt at proselytizing in foreign lands.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • All religion is cither natural, or revealed: natural religion consists in the belief of a God, and in right conceptions and apprehensions concerning him, and in a due reverence and observance of him, and in a ready and cheerful obedience to those laws which he hath imprinted upon our nature; and the sum of our obedience consists in our conformity to God, and an endeavour to be like him.

    The Works of Dr. John Tillotson, Late Archbishop of Canterbury. Vol. 05.


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