The Teaching of the Vedas – Maurice Phillips (1895) (1st ed)


The Teaching of the Vedas – Maurice Phillips (1895) (1st ed)


Title: The Teaching of the Vedas: What light does it throw on the Origin and Development of Religion?

Author: Maurice Phillips

Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co., London. 1895. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, cloth. Fair. Covers dulled and slightly frayed. Some tanning and foxing throughout book. Inscription on blank page. No others annotations. 240pp., app 7.5″ by 5.5″.

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From preface:

This book is intended to answer two questions, viz., (1) what is the fundamental teaching of the Vedas? and (2) what light does that teaching throw on the origin and development of Religion?

The study of Comparative Religion, which has been popular on the Continent for some years, is now attracting attention in England. It is important, therefore, to point out the bearing of Vedic teaching on the profoundly interesting subject of the Origin and Development of Religion in general.

I must caution the general reader against concluding that the doctrines of the Vedas, as shown in this book, constitute what is known as Hinduism, or the religion of India to-day. Hinduism is a mixture of corrupt Vedic doctrines and pre-Aryan cults. Its authoritative guides are the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Puranas, the Law Books and the Philosophical Treatises. But, to understand its constituent elements, a knowledge of Vedic doctrines is indispensable.

Contents include:

  1. The Literature of the Vedas
  2. The Theology of the Vedas
  3. The Cosmology of the Vedas
  4. The Anthropology of the Vedas
  5. The Soteriology of the Vedas