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The Wide, Wide World

The Wide, Wide World is a work of sentimentalism based on the life of young Ellen Montgomery. The story begins with Ellen’s happy life being disrupted by the fact that her mother is very ill and her father must take her to Europe, requiring Ellen to leave home to live with an almost-unknown aunt. Though […]


Genre: Fiction, Religion

Practical Mysticism

In this short work (subtitled “A Little Book For Normal People”) Evelyn Underhill, one of the 20th Century’s leading scholars of Christian Mysticism, seeks “to put the view of the universe and man’s place in it which is common to all mystics in plain and untechnical language; and to suggest the practical conditions under which […]


Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion

Apologia Pro Vita Sua

Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Latin: A defence of one’s life) is the classic defence of the religious opinions of John Henry Newman, published in 1864 in response to what he saw as an unwarranted attack on himself, the Catholic priesthood, and Roman Catholic doctrine by Charles Kingsley. The work quickly became a bestseller and has […]


Genre: Biography & autobiography, Non-Fiction, Religion

The Age of Reason

The Age of Reason: Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, a deistic treatise written by eighteenth-century British radical and American revolutionary Thomas Paine, critiques institutionalized religion and challenges the inerrancy of the Bible. Published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807, it was a bestseller in America, where it caused a short-lived […]


Genre: Human Science, Non-Fiction, Philosophy & Psychology, Religion

The Westminster Confession of Faith

The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Reformed confession of faith, in the Calvinist theological tradition. Although drawn up by the 1646 Westminster Assembly, largely of the Church of England, it became and remains the ‘subordinate standard’ of doctrine in the Church of Scotland, and has been influential within Presbyterian churches worldwide. In 1643, the […]


Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion

The Psalter

This is the Psalter from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church. It is in the public domain. The translation of the psalms is an updated version of the traditional Myles Coverdale translation (1535) used by the Anglican Church. Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion


Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion

The Varieties of Religious Experience

These lectures concerning the nature of religion were delivered at the University of Edinburgh between 1901 and 1902. Soon after its publication, the book found its way into the canon of psychology and philosophy, and has remained in print for over a century. Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion


Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion

The Absolute Unlawfulness of the Stage-Entertainment

I am sensible that the Title of this little Book will, to the Generality of People, seem too high a Flight; that it will be looked upon as the Effect of a fanatical Spirit, carrying Matters higher than the Sobriety of Religion requires. I have only one Thing to ask of such People, that they […]


Genre: Non-Fiction, Religion