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There is a certain natural disinclination in many quarters to recognize
any special connection between the sexual emotions and the religious
emotions. But this attitude is not reasonable. A man who is swayed by
religious emotions cannot be held responsible for the indirect emotional
results of his condition; he can be held responsible for their control.
Nothing is gained by refusing to face the possibility that such control
may be necessary, and much is lost. There is certainly, as I have tried to
indicate, good reason to think that the action and interaction between
the spheres of sexual and religious emotion are very intimate. The obscure
promptings of the organism at puberty frequently assume on the psychic
side a wholly religious character; the activity of the religious emotions
sometimes tends to pass over into the sexual region; the suppression of
the sexual emotions often furnishes a powerful reservoir of energy to the
religious emotions; occasionally the suppressed sexual emotions break
through all obstacles.
 Starbuck, _The Psychology of Religion_, 1899. Also, A.H. Daniels,
"The New Life," _American Journal of Psychology_, vol. vi, 1893. Cf.
William James, _The Varieties of Religious Experience_.
 Ed. Hahn, _Demeter und Baubo_, 1896, pp. 50-51. Hahn is arguing for
the religious origin of the plough, as a generative implement, drawn by a
sacred and castrated animal, the ox. G. Herman, in his _Genesis_, develops
the idea that modern religious rites have arisen out of sexual feasts and
 Bloch (_Beitraege zur AEtiologie der Psychopathia Sexualis_, Bd. I, p.
98) points out the great interest taken by the saints and ascetics in sex
 This omission was made by the original publisher of the "Discourse;"
several of the most important passages throughout have been similarly cut
 Rev. J.M. Wilson, _Journal of Education_, 1881. At about the same
period (1882) Spurgeon pointed out in one of his sermons that by a
strange, yet natural law, excess of spirituality is next door to
sensuality. Theodore Schroeder has recently brought together a number of
opinions of religious teachers, from Henry More the Platonist to Baring
Gould, concerning the close relationship between sexual passion and
religious passion, _American Journal of Religious Psychology_, 1908.
 W. Thomas, "The Sexual Element in Sensibility," _Psychological
Review_, Jan., 1904.
 _System der gerichtlichen Psychologie_, second edition, 1842, pp.
266-68; and more at length in his _Allgemeine Diagnostik der psychischen
Krankheiten_, second edition, 1832, pp. 247-51.
 _Handboek van de Pathologie en Therapie der Krankzinnigheid_, 1863,
p. 139 of English edition.
 _Manuel pratique de Medecine mentale_, 1892, p. 31.
 _Text-book of Mental Diseases_, p. 393.
 G.H. Savage, _Insanity_, 1886.
 _American Journal of Insanity_, April, 1895.
 "Des Psychoses Religieuses," _Archives de Neurologie_, 1897.
 "Erotopathia," _Alienist and Neurologist_, October, 1893.
 Reference may be specially made to the interesting chapter on
"Delire Religieux" in Icard's _La Femme pendant la Periode Menstruelle_,
 _Psychopathia Sexualis_, eighth edition, pp. 8 and 11. Gannouchkine
("La Volupte, la Cruante et la Religion," _Annales Medico-Psychologique_,
1901, No. 3) has further emphasized this convertibility.
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