will be very different from repeating devout supplications, or elegant ascriptions of praise, or rhythmical and learned phrases of pulpit oratory. These poor substitutes for life have no power to fit man for the reign of righteousness and peace.
The perfect life is worth the effort required for its attainment. It is indeed within easy reach of the present generation. Its new methods rest upon everlasting laws. It will not require eighteen centuries of experiment to verify their truth and their efficiency.
We ask the reader, or the critic, if by chance such a one should criticize these pages, to note that the statements here made concerning the laws of harmony in man's constitution, are not made on the basis of momentary fancies or a mere surface knowledge and speculation. On the contrary, these statements represent the results of many years of careful study and work in the fields of the exact sciences, many years spent in analysis, comparison and measuring. That long survey justifies us in speaking with a good degree of confidence. Still very much remains to be done in these fields. Social harmony includes immensely more than many of our writers have imagined. Vastly more than good sentiments and kindly intentions.
The coming religion cannot be evolved by a generous sort of synthesis of those which already exist. However well done, that process would only give us a mass of impractical mysteries, or else would only save the common moral precepts. The Christian teachers, like those of the Hindoo religions, declare that the great doctrines of religion are mysteries. You cannot