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HOPES OF THE HUMAN RACE,
HEREAFTER AND HERE :
Essays on the Life after Death.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION HAVING SPECIAL REFERENCE TO
MR. MILL'S ESSAY ON RELIGION.
WILLIAMS AND NORGATE,
AND 20, SOUTH FREDERICK STREET, EDINBURGH.
(HAVING SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE ESSAYS ON RELIGION
BY JOHN STUART Mill.)
THE principal Essay in this book addresses itself to a small class of readers. For those who believe that a Life after death has been guaranteed to mankind by a supernatural Revelation, it is superfluous; and for those who believe that the experiences of the bodily senses and the inductions thence derived mark the limits of human knowledge, it is useless. There yet remain some minds to whom I hope the speculations and observations which it contains may not be uninteresting or unserviceable; who, having lost faith in the apocalyptic side of Christianity, find no basis therein for their immortal hopes, but who are yet able to trust the spiritual instincts of their own and other men's hearts, provided they can recognize the direction in which they harmoniously point. I indulge no dream of discovering new ground for faith in immortality, still less of proving that we are immortal by logical demon