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Edward Drown discusses in this lecture the question whether religion is to be conceived as the self-product of human desires or as the revealing power of a living God. In the first case, religion becomes nothing more than the outward projection of human ideals and purposes, a reflection of one’s self in a somewhat distorted mirror. In the second case, religion becomes a strengthening belief in a reality outside ourselves that can uphold and sustain us. The author reviews the arguments for the first view and rejects them as unsatisfactory, and then argues for the reality of God. His purpose is to direct attention to the problem and to the danger of letting “religion” usurp the place of the living God.