This book was "Privately printed for The Religious Evolution Research Society." Quoted from the author's "Preface."
"These short studies need no further preface than that in my book on Christianity reprinted
here, and their own special titles which explain their purport, but the ecclesiastical mind is rapidly broadening and nearing a more rational view of the true origin of our Scriptures, and this deserves a moment's attention."
"The following quotations will serve to show the great advance which has been made since
the eighties and nineties of last century, when I had practically completed the study for the works I am now issuing. In my first preface I said: — " The Bible is the history of the "evolution of a spiritual religion from a material paganism;" and now the Times "Literary
Supplement," in reviewing Frazer's completed Golden Bough, says: -- "The Golden Bough has demonstrated `that the great religions of the world were born in hot-beds of savage sorcery, and that mummeries of the primitive medicine-man still sway mankind,' " and the task I have set myself to accomplish is to trace the sources and lay bare the nature of some savage ideas which still sway even the most intelligent of our race."
This work defends the following startling claim:
"All the ideas in the Bible, the nature of the gods, the stories of creation, miracles, life and death, the manner of sacrificing, worshipping, vowing, building altars, arks, tabernacles, and
temples, the sacrifices or feasts in these temples, their dress, altar furniture, and symbolism — in fact, the entire religion as taught us in the Bible — are absolutely and totally founded upon and saturated with Phallism; and the Phallic cult is that on which Christianity has been founded. Phallism is sex symbolism, and all creative power in a god is symbolised by the actual facts of creation of life in nature by means of the organs of sex. In my preface to Christianity I wrote: — "Any work on the symbolism of religion, with out treating its phallic basis, would be like Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark."