Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

The Goodness of Gods


DR. WESTERMARCK'S contribution to the “Forum Series” consists of four chapters in which he follows up the development of the idea of god from its earliest beginnings among primitive peoples in the belief in supernatural beings, to its fully developed form in the higher religions, the religion of the ancient Egyptians, Zoroastrianism, the Vedic religion, Christianity, and Mohammedanism. In the final chapter, “The Betterment of the Gods,” the author deals specifically with the ethical side of his theory. The treatment in so small a compass is necessarily concise, and the reader is referred for the data upon which Dr. Westermarck's views are based to his “Origin and Development of the Moral Idea.”

The Goodness of Gods.




By. (The Forum Series.) Pp. vi + 58. (London: Watts and Co., 1926.) Is. net.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Get just this article for as long as you need it


Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

The Goodness of Gods . Nature 119, 557 (1927).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing