By Chapman Cohen

A Grammar of Freethought

By Chapman Cohen

Outgrowing the Gods

It has to be left should you learn the next pages to choose how a long way this ebook lives as much as its identify. That it leaves many features of existence untouched is kind of transparent, yet there has to be a restrict to every little thing, even to the scale and scope of a e-book; in addition, the paintings doesn't objective at being an encyclopædia, yet purely an overview of what may well rather be considered as the Freethought place. Freethought, back, is just too fluid a time period to allow its teachings being summarized in a suite creed, however it does stand for a undeniable sure perspective of brain on the subject of these difficulties of lifestyles with which considerate women and men problem themselves. it truly is that psychological perspective which I target at depicting.

To those people who are indirectly taken with the assault on supernaturalism it may well even be an issue of remorse that lots of this paintings is worried with a feedback of spiritual ideals. yet that's an twist of fate of the placement. we've not but reached that level in affairs once we can have enough money to permit faith on my own, and one may perhaps effortlessly be excused the suspicion that those that, with no believing in it, profess to take action, are extra enthusiastic about keeping off a tough, if no longer risky, topic, than they're with the matter of constructing sane and sound tools of pondering. And whereas a few who stand ahead as leaders of renowned idea fail to do their half within the paintings of attacking supernaturalistic ideals, others are perforce pressured to commit extra time than they'd another way to the duty. That, in short, is my apology for bearing on myself so principally with spiritual themes, and leaving nearly untouched different fields the place the Freethought perspective might end up both fruitful of results.

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Of that there is not the slightest vestige of proof. It is simply that the ancient Greek lived in a freer mental atmosphere. The mind had less to hamper it had no organized and powerful Church it in its operations that from the cradle to the grave pursued its work of preventing free criticism and the play of enlightened opinion. For several centuries the world has been seeking to recover some of its lost liberties with only a very moderate success. But if one thinks of what the Greeks were, and if one adds jects, and to discussion ; WHAT IS FREETHOUGHT?

Church and State were legally distinct during the mediaeval period, however closely they may have been allied in practice. With the arrival of Protestantism and the backing of the reformed religion given by certain of the Princes, the machinery of intolerance, so to speak, was taken over by the State and became one of its functions. It became as much the duty of the secular officials tO' extirpate heresy, to secure uniformity of religious belief as it was to the interest of the Church to see that it was destroyed.

It is a fact which discloses in a flash the chief social function of religion REBELLION AND REFORM. in general and of Christianity in particular. duty is summed up in the one word obedience, 53 Man's and the function of the (religiously) good man is to obey the commands of God, as that of the good citizen is to obey The two commands the commands of government. meet and supplement each other with the mutual advantage which results from the adjustment of the upper and lower jaws of a hyena. And it explains why the powers that be have always favoured the claims of religion.

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