By Edwin Diller Starbuck
The writer of the subsequent pages has idea in his modesty that, in view that his identify is as but unknown to repute, his e-book may possibly achieve a prompter reputation if it have been prefaced via a notice of advice from a few extra hardened author. Beh eving the ebook to be worthy, i'm joyful so one can write this type of preface. a long time in the past Dr Starbuck, then a scholar in Harvard college, attempted to enlist my sympathies in his statistical inquiry into the spiritual rules and stories of the circumambient inhabitants. I worry that to his brain I really damned the full venture with my phrases of faint compliment. The question-circular approach to gathering details had already, in A merica, reached the proportions of an incipient nuisance in mental and pedagogical concerns. Dr Starbuck squestions have been of a especially looking and intimate nature, to which it appeared attainable that an undue variety of solutions from egotists missing in sincerity may perhaps come. in addition, so few minds have the least spark of originality that solutions to questions scattered broadcast will be more likely to convey a in simple terms traditional content.
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To get at the mental and spiritual processes at work during conversion, rather than to establish any docWe have before us a purely inductive investigatrines. tion, to take the bare records of this class. of experiences, without a thesis to be proven or anything to guide us but the axioms of scientific criticism, to compare them, to derive what conclusions seem forthcoming, and to view these in the light of modern psychology. The raw material for our study consists principally 21 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION 22 in autobiographies written in response to personal soliciAutobiographies in books were usually dis- tation.
Dr J. , p. A. Gilbert, Studies from the Yale Psychological Laboratory, and Vol. , p. 40. ^^ The amount of carbonic acid in the breath is greatly increased at this period, showing the increment in the processes which tear down and build up the system. Both boys and girls increase faster in height and weight than at any other time in life. These marked transformations come within the same general shall inquire period as most frequent conversions. what is the probable relation between them. If we turn to the results of measurements of the height and weight of children, we find a close connection between these two aspects of growth and the heaviest peaks in the conversion curves those at 13 for females and 16 for males.
There is some evidence, The harmony in also, of the third rise in the curves. the groups of males is no less striking. There is one bare exception to the culmination of the curves at about 16; there is generally a rise at about 12, and some indication of a third rise at 18 or 19. may safely lay it down as a law, then, that among the females ther^ two tidal waves of religious awakening at about 13' We . ^ accidental, or may be due in some instances* to condiIt is of interest tA notice tions which are determinable.