“That every one has something he is afraid of, that fear dogs the steps of the individual and shadows the hope and progress of the world, even when we do not realize it, is the proposition from which this book takes it start. It is a remarkable book, an arresting, stimulating, envisioning book.” -The Unitarian Register, Volume 101, January 5, 1922
THERE ARE many books which give some help to many people. There are books which give a set of rules, or even one master rule, by which to meet the problems of life. This is not such a book. It suggests no simple recipe for the conquest of fear. Instead, it presents, what all too few of us to-day possess, a philosophy of life. Moreover, in contrast to the dominant thinking of our age, which is materialistic, King's philosophy is spiritual and religious. Indeed, the ideas in this book are so profoundly different from the commonly accepted ideas of our times that they will come as a shock to many readers.... The Conquest of Fear offers such a philosophy not only to individuals suffering from fears peculiar to them, but to a world of individuals suffering, or about to suffer, from the collapse of world-wide materialism. In this day of chaos and uncertainty, here is the modern version of the parable of the man who built his house upon a rock instead of on the sand: "and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not for it was founded upon a rock." H. C. L. (from the introduction)
TABLE of CONTENTS
Chapter I—Fear And The Life-Principle
Chapter II—The Life-Principle And God
Chapter III—God And His Self-Expression
Chapter IV—God's Self-Expression And The Mind Of To-Day
Chapter V—The Mind Of To-Day And The World As It Is
Chapter VI—The World As It Is And The False God Of Fear
Chapter VII—The False God Of Fear And The Fear Of Death
Chapter VIII—The Fear Of Death And Abundance Of Life
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William Benjamin Basil King (1859–1928) was a Canadian-born clergyman who became a writer after retiring from the clergy. His novels and non-fiction were spiritually oriented. He was born on February 26, 1859, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He was graduated from the University of King's College in Nova Scotia, and served as an Anglican rector at St. Luke's Pro-Cathedral in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and later at Christ Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. King began writing in 1900 after he was forced to retire from the clergy due to loss of eyesight and thyroid disease. His anonymously published novel The Inner Shrine, about a French Irish girl whose husband is killed in a duel, became very popular when published in 1909. King subsequently published a number of best-selling works. King's spiritual orientation increased later in his life. His The Abolishing of Death (1919) described the transmission of messages from a deceased chemist. The Conquest of Fear (1921) portrayed his own struggle with ill health and eventual spiritual growth, and lays out his somewhat mystical approach to religious understanding.
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