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    The myths connected with individual sanctuaries and ceremonies were merely part of the apparatus of the worship; they served to excite the fancy and sustain the interest of the worshipper... no one cared what he believed about its origin.
    — William Robertson Smith
    That the God-man died for his people, and that His death is their life, is an idea which was in some degree foreshadowed by the older mystical sacrifices.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: death  people  sacrifice  ideas 
     
    In better times the religion of the tribe or state has nothing in common with the private and foreign superstitions or magical rites that savage terror may dictate to the individual.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: time  savage 
     
    But, strictly speaking, this mythology was no essential part of ancient religion, for it had no sacred sanction and no binding force on the worshippers.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: mythology  sacred 
     
    The dissolution of the nation destroys the national religion, and dethrones the national deity.
    — William Robertson Smith
    Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present much that is repulsive to modern ideas, and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin.
    — William Robertson Smith
    In all the antique religions, mythology takes the place of dogma; that is, the sacred lore of priests and people... and these stories afford the only explanation that is offered of the precepts of religion and the prescribed rules of ritual.
    — William Robertson Smith
    The god, it would appear, was frequently thought of as the physical progenitor or first father of his people.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: people  thoughts  god  father 
     
    The land of a god corresponds with the land of his worshipers.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: god 
     
    Belief in a certain series of myths was neither obligatory as a part of the true religion, nor was it supposed that, by believing, a man acquired religious merit and conciliated the favour of the gods.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: belief  men  true  god  religious 
     
    This, it may be said, is no more than a hypothesis, but it satisfies the conditions of a legitimate hypothesis, by postulating the operation of no unknown or uncertain cause, but only of that force of precedent which in all times has been so strong to keep alive religious forms of which the original meaning is lost.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: time  meaning  lost  strong  religious 
     
    Religion did not exist for the saving of souls but for the preservation and welfare of society, and in all that was necessary to this end every man had to take his part, or break with the domestic and political community to which he belonged.
    — William Robertson Smith
    But we must not forget, this ritual expressed, certain ideas which lie at the very root of true religion, the fellowship of the worshippers with one another in their fellowship with the deity, and the consecration of the bonds of kinship as the type of all right ethical relations between man and man.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: men  lies  true  right  ideas 
     
    We are so accustomed to think of religion as a thing between individual men and God that we can hardly enter into the idea of a religion in which a whole nation in its national organisation appears as the religious unit.
    — William Robertson Smith
    tags: men  god  religious  ideas 
     
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