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THE

LOGIC OF CREATION

BY

HENRY JAMES

AUTHOR OF

“THE CHURCH OF CHRIST NOT AN ECCLESIASTICISM," ETC.

“Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas,
Atque metus omnes et inexorabile fatum
Subjecit pedibus, strepitumque donarontis avari.”

VIRGIL.

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BIBI

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LONDON

WILLIAM WHITE, 36 BLOOMSBURY STREET

1857

141. c.739.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY MITCHELL AND SON,

WARDOUR ST., OXFORD ST.

PREFACE.

The following Letters were actually written to a friend in London, and are published at his suggestion. They are themselves but a preface to a larger discourse upon the same theme, which the writer hopes some day to accomplish. Christianity was the revelation of an utterly unsuspected life of God within the strictest limits of human nature; and, like all true revelation of spiritual things, was an inverse form of its own interior substance. For this is the distinction between revelation, properly so called, and information, that the one constitutes an inverted image of the truth, the other a direct image; or that the one is symbolic and speaks mainly to the soul, while the other is purely statistical and addresses chiefly the senses.

Hence it is that revelation has always shielded and fostered human freedom, while mere information is sure to crush it. None of the sects exhibit so servile a temper as those who pretend to the most authoritative information about spiritual things. Look at the Swedenborgians, for example. And Mediumship, as it is called, is growing to be the aspiration and profession of thousands, who are

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