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CONFUCIAN · HEBREW · CHRISTIAN
REYNOLDS PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC,
Part I: PAGES 3-495
By P. F. COLLIER & Son
Part II: Pages 499-1021
By P. F. COLLIER & SON
MANUFACTURED IN V. S. A.
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE is fundamentally a spiritual enterprise, and therefore it has seemed most appropriate to place in every member's room, readily accessible and a part of its permanent equipment, these selections from six great religions of the world. Nearly all who read this book grew up, through the accident of birth, with a knowledge and love for the principles and literature of one of these religions. But study and travel extend our horizons until we see that no nation or cult possesses all the virtues or all the truth.
Religion is one of the strongest instincts of life. It cuts across all races and conditions of men. It has been a blessing to mankind. It has also brought much suffering and sorrow, for in its name vast territories have been laid waste and whole peoples have been put to the sword.
A new day, however, is dawning. Thinking people realize that the only religion which has the slightest chance of winning the world's confidence and respect is one that recognizes one God for all mankind and all mankind as brothers. This has been a theory too long; it must be practiced between nations and races, between social and industrial groups, and most of all between individuals. Otherwise the world may slip back into the darkest of wars and a few centuries from now archæologists will be digging our modern skyscrapers out of the dust of the ages.
And right here is the challenge to us. May this book nourish our spiritual life. May it aid us in daily living. May it help send us into the world imbued with the spirit of service for our fellow men everywhere.
The world is a beautiful garden where truth, like flowers, unfolds in different ways. In our youth our