The Natural History of Religion
In The Natural History of Religion and in the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion Hume provides a sustained philosophical and historical analysis of religion.
The Natural History of Religion. By David Hume. With an Introduction by John M. Robertson (London: A. and H. Bradlaugh Bonner, 1889).
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Table of Contents
- THE NATURAL HISTORY OF RELIGION.
- Section I.: That Polytheism was the primary Religion of Men.
- Section II.: Origin of Polytheism.
- Section III.: The same subject continued.
- Section IV.: Deities not considered as Creators or Formers of the World.
- Section V.: Various Forms of Polytheism: Allegory, Hero-Worship.
- Section VI.: Origin of Theism from Polytheism.
- Section VII.: Confirmation of this Doctrine.
- Section VIII.: Flux and Reflux of Polytheism and Theism.
- Section IX.: Comparison of these Religions with regard to Persecution and Toleration.
- Section X.: With regard to Courage or Abasement.
- Section XI.: With regard to Reason or Absurdity.
- Section XII.: With regard to Doubt or Conviction.
- Section XIII.: Impious conceptions of the divine nature in popular religions of both kinds.
- Section XIV.: Bad influence of popular religions on morality.
- Section XV.: General Corollary.