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Magic and Religion: Their Psychological Nature, Origin, and Function.

New York: Philosophical Library, [1973] 1958. Second Edition. Hardcover. The author examines the metaphysics underlying practically all belief in magic and religion in the light of modern scientific psychology. The phenomena of mind long held to demand or prove the existence of spiritual or non-material agencies are here shown to be part and parcel of the material universe as known by and to the world of science. First published in 1958, Magic and Religion was a significant contribution to the psychology and sociology of religion. Hailed by some as an essential text on the subject, it was denounced by others as heresy, in part because of its frank criticism of clerical celibacy and its early advocacy for abortion rights. Very Good in Very Good Dustjacket. Minimally soiled and worn dj, bumped corners, evenly toning, else tight, bright, and unmarred. 8vo. 555pp. illus (b/w). index. Maroon cloth with black spine lettering. Item #11699

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