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A Grammar of Freethought

By Chapman Cohen

Outgrowing the Gods

It needs to be left if you happen to learn the next pages to come to a decision how some distance this ebook lives as much as its identify. That it leaves many features of lifestyles untouched is kind of transparent, yet there has to be a restrict to every little thing, even to the dimensions and scope of a ebook; furthermore, the paintings doesn't goal at being an encyclopædia, yet basically an overview of what may well particularly be considered as the Freethought place. Freethought, back, is simply too fluid a time period to allow its teachings being summarized in a collection creed, however it does stand for a definite certain perspective of brain with regards to these difficulties of existence with which considerate women and men obstacle themselves. it really is that psychological angle which I objective at depicting.

To those people who are indirectly considering the assault on supernaturalism it will probably even be an issue of remorse that rather a lot of this paintings is worried with a feedback of non secular ideals. yet that's an twist of fate of the placement. we've not but reached that degree in affairs once we can manage to pay for to permit faith on my own, and one may possibly with ease be excused the suspicion that those that, with no believing in it, profess to take action, are extra all for heading off a tricky, if no longer harmful, topic, than they're with the matter of constructing sane and sound equipment of considering. And whereas a few who stand ahead as leaders of renowned concept fail to do their half within the paintings of attacking supernaturalistic ideals, others are perforce forced to commit extra time than they might another way to the duty. That, in short, is my apology for relating myself so principally with non secular subject matters, and leaving nearly untouched different fields the place the Freethought perspective might end up both fruitful of results.

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It is not a question of whether these particular ideas are good or bad, or whether we approve or disapprove of them, but entirely one that, being ideas, they represent a far more " destructive " power than either bomb or gun. They are at once the forces that act as the cement of society and those that may forces could handle the one, but they hurl it into chaotic fragments. Whether an idea will survive or not must, in the end, be determined by circumstances, but in itself a new idea may be taken as the mental analogue of the variation which takes place in physical structures, and which forms the raw material of natural selection.

It was left for Protestantism to make the Church a branch of the State and to give religious it is bigotry the full sanction of secular law. ' See on this point Heeren's Historical Treatises, 1836, pp. 61-70. RAMMAR OF FREETHOUGHT. Neither with Catholic nor Protestant could there therefore, any relaxation in the opposition That still remained offered to independent thinkinj?. the cardinal offence to the religions mind. In the name of religion Protestants opposed the physics of Newton as bitterly as Catholics opposed the physics of Galileo.

The discussion of nationality ought not, therefore, to move along the lines of acceptance or rejection of the conception of nationality, but of how far specific national characteristics admit of modification under the pressure of new conditions. — LIFE AND MIND. 35 mental facts which lies at the root of all collective an army, a Church, or a nation. " To do the Churches and other vested interests justice, they have never lost sight of this truth, and it would " It would take too long to elaborate, but it may be here noted that in the human group the impelling force is not so much needs as desires, and that fact raises the whole issue from the level of biology to that of psychology.

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