Excerpt from Secularism Its Progress and Its Morals
I shall endeavor in this and the succeeding chapter to examine the relative weight of the influences which are exerted upon theological belief, on the one hand by industrial, and on the other by intellectual, surroundings. By industrial surroundings I mean more particularly to indicate those impersonal forces which have grown out of modern discovery and invention; by intellectual surroundings, those influences by which one mind acts upon another, either directly through the processes of verbal reasoning and by the exercise of mental and assumed spiritual authority, or else less directly through books.
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