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Adler, Alfred, on inferiority feelings, 48; on Will to Power in Man, 158

Aristotle, on ill-favoured people, 49; his opposition to Plato, 111; restored Greek Monism, 111; anticipated Freud, 111–2; influence on Catholic Europe, 112; described by Edwin Wallace, 112; Revolt against, after Reformation, 113; Luther attacks, 113–4; on Will to Power in Man, 158.

Atonement, Churchmen's defence of doctrine of, 38–44

Augustine, Saint, his unchristian view of children, 51; questions creation of flies, 151

Auto-suggestion, and religion, 11; understanding of, 181; paramount in hypnotic phenomena, 213; suppression of will essential in, 213–4


Bacon, on deformed people, 48; on evil eye, 256; postulates the Devil, 256

Balfour, A. J., and Coué's teaching, 214–5

Barnes, Bishop of Birmingham, reconciles religion and science, 23; on mind and matter, 176

Baudelaire, on children, 52

Birds, Will to Power in, 153–6; alleged altruism of, 166–7; persistence of type in, 217

Bradley, Dr. F. H., attacks Christian morals, 73–4; his remedy for Morbidity and Defect, 87–9; on Will to Power in Man, 159

Browning, Robert, views on children, 52; on Will to Power in Man, 159

Bruno, Giordano, on ubiquity of intelligence, 17 et seq.

Burnet, Professor J., on Socrates as first to establish dualism, 108–9

Butler, Samuel, criticism of Darwin, 189–91, 193–201; follows Lamarck's hints, 199


Cancer, problem of, 181–4; a form of cell-aberration, 181–4; graph of deathrate from, parallel with that of sugar consumption, 182; carcass fat and, 182; over-eating and, 182; reversion of cells to primitive type in, 184

Carritt, E. F., on superior man, 88

Cattell, Professor Raymond, on decline of intelligence, 25; on Man's psycho physical nature, 98–9

Causation, notion of, 19–20; Hume on, 20; Bertrand Russell and Bernard Shaw on, 120

Cells, intelligence of body, 178 et seq.; virus stage prior to evolution of, 174; Sir H. Ogilvie on repair of, 177, 179–80; possessed of memory, 177–8; Dr. J. G. Hoffman on, 178–9; Professor H. S. Jennings on, 178; Dr. A. Carrel on instinct in, 178; Dr. W. Sheldon on, 178; Prof. J. S. Haldane on consciousness of, 178; capacity of liver, 179

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    maddened to produce cancer, 181–4; confusion of, by miscegenation of disparate types, 184–5; their blueprint or template, 192

Children, Jesus on, 49; Will to Power in, 159

Christianity, Rationalist attack on, 13; gravamina against, 13; Canon McClure on substitutes for traditional, 18; satisfied believers in, 24; decrease of believers in, 24–6; difficulty of recruiting priests in, 24; not thoughtful man's religion, 36–131; wiles of apologists of, 37–44; cannot claim divine authority, 44–5; psychological errors in, 45–54; false view of children in, 50–1; its sex-phobia, 56 63; Dr. Alington's defence of, against charge of sex-phobia, 59; its missionaries condemned, 60; Huxley's attack on, 64; its drift into humanitarianism, 68; belief in Pauline, general, 69; fosters converse of farmer's practice, 69; perversion of pity by, 69–70; perversion of justice by, 70; morbidity promoted by, 70–71; source of its dysgenic influence, 97–124; separation of body and soul by, 99; destroyed good taste in mating, 101; tenets of, established by Socrates, 107; Goethe's recognition of its unwholesome attitude to disease and defect, 117; Socratic influence in, perverted charity, 120; New York priest's damaging admission against, 128; baneful Socratic heritage of, 129; resistance of, to Nietzsche's Transvaluation of Values, 230; modern, cannot explain occult powers working evil without postulating Devil, 256–7

Cockshut, Dr., pleads for new religion, 9.

Consciousness, as obstacle to contacting Power behind Phenomena, 11; how overcome, 11; when suspended. Power behind Phenomena reached, 11

Cook, R. C., on increase in feeble-minded, 80

Cosmology, a more comprehensive, required, 10; must account for evil in existence, 13; must account for efficacy of witch-doctors' curses, 12; little advance in, since Moses, 140

Coué, Dr. Émile, his innovation, 213–4; his stroke of genius, 214; reason for his eclipse, 216; light shed on religious practice by, 216 et seq.; partly forestalled by Troward, 220; misunderstood especially by Dr. Hughes, 239; theories of, vindicated, 240

Cowper, William, suggests Will to Power in animals and plants, 153–7; his famous hymn, 185; on prayer, 238

Curses, of witch-doctors accounted for in our cosmology, 12; fulfilment of medicine-men's and shamans', suggests power of contacting life forces outside ourselves, 225

Cyprian, Saint, acknowledges Christian sex-phobia, 59


Dalbiez, Dr. Roland, on inseparability of body and soul, 99

Darwin, Charles, on animal misery through flies, 150; on birds' song, 153; on reversion through crossing of breeds, 184; on young of kangaroo, 186–7; Butler and Nietzsche's criticism of, 189–91; his loose language, 190; on spontaneous variations, 190; his statement of evolutionary process, 194; vindicates Dr. Darwin and Lamarck on use and disuse of parts, 195–6; ignores cause of variation, 200

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    Alfred Tylor on difficulty of his works, 200–1; on changed conditions initiating variation, 201–3

Darwin, Dr. Erasmus, on mind in Evolution, 190; on vegetable and animal life, 193; on modification of function affecting structuree, 195

Delacroix, on children, 52

De Quincey, on deformity and envy, 48; on Socrates, 111

Dixon, Macneile, on decay of religious faith, 26; on drift of Christianity, 68; on slaughter on roads and in war 83; on heaven and hell in relation to endocrine glands, 92; on Nature's cruelty, 93


Elizabeth I, her attitude to disease and defect, 116

Envy, universal in mankind, 122; effect of, on attitude to defectiveness, 122 5; and evil eye, 254–8

Eugenic Society, Dean Inge and, 73; common objection to policy of, 75

Europe, sanity of, regarding body and soul under Catholic influence, 113; decline of stamina and beauty of her people after Reformation, 113; sound attitude of, to morbidity before Reformation, 115

Evolution, Organic, a mine of revelatory information, 10; unconscious factors in, 12; does not imply improvement, 151, 189–95; Will to Power in, 161–2; spontaneous variations in, 190–304; Lamarck on mind in, 190–201; rôle of mind in, 191–204; degeneration commoner than progress in, 195; rôle of modification of function in, 195–6; Weismann's theory and, 196–7; acquired characters inherited in, 197–8; effect of changed environment on, 201–4, 218; bearing of process of, on religion, 204; neo-Darwinian theory of, inadequate, 208–9; mutation in, 218; mute aspirations of animals in, 219–20; hypothetical, of cat and dog, 221–5; crucial problem of, must take account of hypnotism and suggestion, 225; solution of mystery of, 225


Freud, S., anticipated by Aristotle, 112; on Will to Power in Man, 158–9; on longing for death in living creatures, 174


Gibbon, on personal comeliness, 105

God, Professor G. C. Field on proofs of existence, 19; of love and problem of suffering, 90–6; Goethe on mistakes of, 96; inscrutability of, 142–8; Moses most likely first-hand witness of, 142; Voltaire on need of a, who manifests himself, 143; the Christian, cannot be believed in, 132–4, 145, 274; His creation of flies questioned, 151; error of conceiving, as all goodness, 170; Cowper on, 185

Goethe, on wonder, 21; on origin of religions, 22; on Protestantism, 33; on self-love, 48–9; on God's mistakes, 96; on European good taste regarding disease and defect in 1770, 116–7; on envy,122

Greece, monistic view of Man in ancient, 98; denial of monistic view of Man in, 101–2; introduction of dualism in, 102–10; exaltation of beauty in, 102; monism of, restored by Aristotle 111

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Haldane, J. B. S., on decline of intelligence, 25; on dualism, 176; on degeneration in evolution, 195; on inheritance of acquired characters, 197; opposes dualism, 198; on environment and variation, 202

Harding, Professor D. W., on fostertering degenerates, 121

Hazlitt, W., on disagreeable people, 49; on Coleridge and envy, 122

Headlam, Right Rev. A. C., Bishop of Gloucester, on Atonement 39, 40, 44

Heine, H., on Christian sex-phobia, 57–8; on Christian morals, 66–7

Hering, Professor Ewald, on memory in living matter, 177–8; on environment and variation, 203–4

Hetero-suggestion, and religion, 11; understanding of, 181

Hobbes, on Will to Power in Man, 158

Hughes, Dr. T. H., on morality and religion, 30; on real question of religion, 143; misunderstands Coué, 239; on prayer, 241

Hume, David, on First Cause, 20; on origin of religion, 27; denies Man's love of Man, 55

Huxley, Thomas H., his Agnosticism, 20; his attack on Christianity, 164; on sacrifice, 170; his remedy for prevalent morbidity, 83–7

Hypnotism, bearing of, on religious observance, 11; mobilization of body's formative powers under, 210–3, 223; mental state under, 213; surrender of volition essential in, 213; auto-suggestion in, 213


Intelligence, decline of, 25; co-extensive with life, 171 et seq., 192–3; rudiments of, in inorganic matter, 172 et seq.; significance of its co-extensiveness with life, 189; as a factor in genesis of variation, 191

Illingworth, Rev. J. R., on animal suffering, 90, 95

Inge, Dean, denies Christianity is dysgenic, 125; Rev. A. R. Osborne more candid than, 127–8

Israelites, sound attitude of, to defect and disease, 115–6


James, William, on nature and origin of religion, 22, 28; on errors in Holy Writ, 54; on man capable of sacrifices, 88; on reptiles of geological times, 93; on Christian Saints, 106; on prayer, 238

Joad, Dr. C. E. M., on constantly revised creeds, 24; on vain appeal of C. of E. parson, 25–6; on animal suffering, 94; on Civilization's dysgenic effects, 98; on futility of idealism in view of Will to Power, 160; on mind and body interaction, 171–2; unable to abandon dualism, 175

Johnson, Dr. Samuel, on children, 52, 169; on envy, 122


Lamarck, on mind in evolution, 190–201; on structural following functional changes, 195; vindicated by modern science, 197; on new structures resulting from new needs, 199; on factors productive of new features, 201; suggested confirmation of his theory, 224

Leuba, Professor, on instinctive nature of religious impulse, 96

Life, co-extensive with intelligence, 17 et seq.

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    Professor Haldane denies a physio-chemical explanation of, 178; immortal, discussed, 273–4

Love, Christian misapprehension regarding, 46–9


McDougall, Professor W., on the Universe, 18; on vain appeal of churches, 25; on Christian evidence, 36–7; on effect of Christian morals, 74–5; on human degeneracy, 81; his dualism, 176; criticizes Darwinism, 193; on inadequacy of neo-Darwinian theory of evolution, 208–9; on hypnotism, 211; on hypnotized subject, 112; cannot accept monistic view of mind and body, 224

Magee, Rev. John, on limitations of prayer, 147, 245; on bodily adjustment in prayer, 236

Man, a psycho-physical whole, 98–9; Will to Power in, 157–61; not distinct from Nature, 158

Mead, Margaret, her implicit attack on Christian morals, 73

Memory, possessed by organic matter, 177

Middle Ages, more humane than modernity towards sound and healthy, 117–20

Montaigne, on body and soul, 99–100; attitude of, to human defect, 112; on Man's less engaging traits, 169; anticipates Nietzsche, 169; views on diet, 261

Morality, not identical with religion, 28–9; Puritans' use of, 55; Christian, not attacked by Rationalists, 65–67; Nature's lack of, 163–70; peculiar to mankind, 169; the infidel's, 274–5

Morbidity and Physical Defect, Christian promotion of, 70–82; cost of, in England, 78–80; total of, not medically recorded, 79; equanimity of nation regarding, 81; improved transport and, 81–2; remedy for, 83–9; Nietzsche's remedy for, 89, 128–34

Morris, Right Rev. Dr. H., on "bright" services, 33


Nietzsche, on Christian sex-phobia, 57–8; on Christian morals, 67, 71–2; remedy for prevalent morbidity and defect suggested by, 89; misunderstanding of his views on pity, 120; on pre-Socratic Greeks, 120; on Will to Power in life, 156 7; criticizes Darwin, 189–91

Northcott, Rev. H., his error on love, 47; on knowledge of God, 144; on prayer, 236


Pascal, on mystery in Nature, 18; on Man's misanthropy, 55 on physical and mental defect, 81 on origin of evil, 96

Paul, Saint, on the Atonement, 38, 41–2; on the seen and the unseen, 91; on God's preference for inferior humanity, 126

Peru, attitude to human disease and defect in, 116

Pity, wrong objective of, 69–70, 75–7; should be diverted to dwindling sound stocks, 85; Nietzsche's view of, misunderstood, 120

Plato, on Will to Power in life, 156–7; on not-being and being, 174

Pope, Alexander, on morality as substance of religion, 29

Power, illusory sense of, imparted to defectives by speed, 82–3; Will to, in all life, 152–226; Plato and Nietzsche on Will to, 156–7; Will to, a favourable influence in evolution, 161

Power, behind Phenomena, nature of, how deduced, 10; stimulation of formative processes in, 10; and religion, 10; and consciousness, 11

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    religious guesses regarding, a 8; infinite resourcefulness and might of, 34, 185–9; inscrutability of, deplored 142–8; how nature of, determined, 145–6, 149 50; necessity of conforming to, 147; modus operandi of, 150–226; not moral, 163–70; forces of, accessible to beasts and Man, 210; major attributes of, restated, 228–30; conflict of seven attributes of, with assumptions of our leading religion, 231; is the, a person? 274

Powys, J. Cowper, on essence of religion, 18; his oversight concerning sex phobia of Christianity, 61; on belief in Pauline Christianity, 69; on pity and sympathy, 70; on God's cruelty, 93–4; on pre-Socratic Greeks, 120; on jealousy, 123; on mystery of life, 188–9

Pratt, Professor J. B., on curiosity, 28; on religion, 28; on morality and religion, 30; on Catholicism and Protestantism, 33–4; denounces religious attacks on science, 37–8; on posture in prayer, 235

Prayer, limitations of, 147; efficacy of, rare, 235; instinctive posture in, 235; Calvin's misunderstanding of posture in,236; Magee on posture in, 236; posture in, rooted in animal adaptive striving, 237; as real religion, 238; all, supplication, 238; widespread ignorance of correct performance of, 238; difficulty of correct performance of, 238–9; E. Bevan on petitionary, 241; relaxation in, not collapse, 243; majority ignorant of conditions of successful, 246; akin to escape from maladaptation in animals, 248; efficacy of, partly contingent on passion and imagination, 252–3

Protestantism, religious attitude of, 32–3; Goethe's view of, 33; re-enthroned Socrates, 114

Puritanism and Puritans, view and use of morality in, 55–63; rise of, after Reformation, 113


Rationalist, dangers threatening budding, 37–44; attack on Christianity, 64–5; Heine's charge against, 67

Religion, difficulty of accepting orthodox, 9; practice of, developed out of evolutionary factors, 12; reasons for rejecting Western, 13; way of life ordained by, alone important, 13; source of belief in, 17; essence of, according to J. C. Powys and McNeile Dixon, 18; embraces all problems so far unsolved, 21; Right Rev. W. Manning on, 21; William James on, 22; the creation of higher men, 22–3; Goethe on origin of, 22; effect of increase of stupidity on, 23; Bishop Barnes's reconciliation of,; with science, 23; suffers from constant revision, 24; meaning and function of, 27 et seq.; Hume, Bertrand Russell and William James on origin of, 27; Frazer on origin of, 29; curiosity basic cause of, 28; two major needs met by, 28; not identical with morality, 28–32; essential feature of, 32; Protestant view of, 32–3; conflict of Reformers and Catholics; after Reformation regarding, 113; real question of, according to Dr. T. H. Hughes, 146; bearing on, of intelligence factor in variation, 191–204; bearing of auto-suggestion on, 216 et seq.; as an instinctive means of over-

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    coming limitations in stimulating life-forces, 220–1; form of practice of, rooted in Nature, 231; false assumptions of our leading, about Power behind Phenomena, 231; manner of observance the common feature of all forms of, 232; the kinaesthetics of ritual of, the common factor in all, 233; essential truth in, 248

Renan, on decline of belief in France, 25–6

Russell, Bertrand, on First Cause, 20; on origin of religion, 27; on Christian sex-phobia, 57; his horror at slaughter of English youth in World War I, 76; on pre-historic monsters, 93; on fatal error of dualism, 99


Sacrifice, false assumptions regarding, 70; illogical attitude, 75–7; E. A. Carritt and William James on man capable of, 88; always assumed to be of the greater for the less, 88; never expected of biologically depraved, 88

Schopenhauer, on envy, 122–3; on Will to Live, 152

Shaw, G. Bernard, on Causation, 20; his atheism, 132; attributes wickedness to poverty, 160; missed Coué's important proviso, 215–6

Sin, the alleged root of suffering, 90–2; animal suffering without, 92

Socrates, obsessed with morality, 55; his innovations, 102–10; his characteristics, 102; his fundamental tenets, 107; Professor J. Burnet on, 108–9; his wife, 109–10; de Quincey's view of, 111; re-enthroned by the Reformation, 113

Speed, illusory sense of power imparted by, 82; compensation for inferiority feelings, 82–3

Spencer, Herbert, on children, 52 attacks Christian morals, 67–8; on body and soul, 99; on the Universe, 140; prophesies evanescence of evil, 160; his Survival of the Fittest misunderstood, 161; on altruism in Nature, 165–8; misunderstands lactation, 165–6; on the Survival of the Fittest, 190; on the inferiority of many species that survive, 195; on modification of function and evolution, 195–6; on changed conditions causing variation, 203

Spirit, Evil, as contending with benign Power, 12; hardly acceptable today, 12; invoiced as explanation of suffering, 94; Christian philosopher's dilemma regarding, 250

Steiner, Rudolf, his explanation of pathogenic organisms, 12

Stendhal, on love, 47

Streeter, Canon B. H., on the Atonement, 40–41; on error of seeing God in evil, 94; on altruism in Nature, 165

Stupidity, increase of, in relation to indifference to religion, 23, 25

Suffering, human and animal, 89 churchmen's apology for, 89–96


Telepathy and Clairvoyance, Professor McDougall and Dr. Eysenck on, 225–6; indicate possible contact of cosmic consciousness and individual mind, 231; evidence of, 250–1; and spiritual healing, 251–4; evil eye and, 254–8

Thomson, Sir J. A., on limitations of science, 38; on mind incipient in crystals, 172–3; on kinship of animal and vegetable, 193; on variation due to environmental change, 203

Troward, on intellect hindering contact with life forces, 219

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    on power of visualizing desired ends, 230; forestalls Coué, 220; on doubt and limitations opposed to creative principle, 220; on Power behind Phenomena, 268–9


Universe, inscrutability of, 17 et seq.; Sir James Jeans regarding, 139–40; creation still operating in, 140; avoidance of disaster in, 146–7; intelligence ubiquitous in, 172; mysterious wonders of, 185–6


Veblen, Thorstein, on Will to Power in Man, 159

Voltaire, on need of a God who manifests himself, 143


Weismann, Professor, criticism of his theory, 196–8

Whitehead, Professor A. N., about the world, 18; on decline of Christians, 25, 36; on Man as a part of Nature, 158

Will and Volition, hinder accessibility of formative powers in living matter 112 et seq.; need of suspending, in stimulating bodily changes, a 14; suspension of, implicit in praying posture, 233–4

Wordsworth, his error about children, 51–3, 164; on song of birds, 153; on Will to Power in Nature, 162; on prayer, 269–70

Worship, views on, 30–2; posture in, the common factor in all religions, 233; suspension of will implicit in posture during, 234; subjective influence of posture during, 234; prayer the petitionary part of, 241



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