Humphrey Milford / Oxford University Press, 1931. Early edition. Octavo, original dark brown cloth, original dust wrapper. Gilt bright, slight spine lean, early presentation inscription (dated, "9th Sept. 1931") to blank flyleaf, sporadic light pencil marks and notes, minor wear to toned spine of the original wrapper. Very good indeed. Item #1216
"THE POWER OF THE NUMINOUS"
Early English translation of Rudolf Otto's important book on the essential structures of religious experience—a bright copy in the unclipped original dust wrapper.
"The Idea of the Holy is a part of that contemporary theological tradition which places religious institutions beyond rational criticism, beyond the results of Biblical exegesis and higher criticism, in the realm of religious feeling. The book has contributed to the widespread tendency of religious thinkers to emphasize the nonrational element of religion" (Frank Magill). After "many years of study upon the 'rational' aspect of that supreme Reality we call 'God' Otto identifies another distinct element, beyond the ethical sphere, for which he coined the term "Numinous," based on the Latin word Numen ("divine power"). The primary purpose of The Idea of the Holy is to analyze the numinous into its elements, and to explore the conditions under which the consciousness of the numinous has arisen" (Frank Magill). With a title page epigraph, in German, from Goethe's Faust ("Awe is the best of man") and a brief Foreword by the Author thanking the English translator (John W. Harvey) for "the valuable supplementary pages he has added." First translated to English in 1923: this is the sixth impression, revised with additions, with a lengthy Translators Preface ("J. W. H. / March 1923"), which has been updated with a brief Note to the Third Impression (May 1925) and Fifth Impression (September 1928). Printed at the University Press Oxford. Magill. Masterpieces of Christian Literature.