Religion: Son of Man

Religious fervor, say psychologists, bears close relation to sex. What form the relation takes depends, add these gentlemen, on one's power of transmutation. A good transformer develops at least good works, the more imaginative ones ecstasy, adoration, even exalted martyrdom. But some people are no metaphysicians at all. Then there is trouble. Some 20 years ago, one Benjamin Purnell purported to have received a vision. It informed him of a soul-stirring thing not hitherto suspected—no less than that he was the Messiah himself, "Son of Man," with power to grant immortality...

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