By Chapman Cohen

A Grammar of Freethought

By Chapman Cohen

Outgrowing the Gods

It has to be left if you happen to learn the subsequent pages to make a decision how a ways this booklet lives as much as its name. That it leaves many facets of lifestyles untouched is kind of transparent, yet there needs to be a restrict to every thing, even to the scale and scope of a ebook; in addition, the paintings doesn't target at being an encyclopædia, yet purely an overview of what may perhaps quite be considered as the Freethought place. Freethought, back, is simply too fluid a time period to allow its teachings being summarized in a suite creed, however it does stand for a definite yes angle of brain in terms of these difficulties of existence with which considerate women and men difficulty themselves. it truly is that psychological perspective which I objective at depicting.

To people who are in some way thinking about the assault on supernaturalism it might probably even be a question of remorse that loads of this paintings is anxious 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 have enough money to permit faith on my own, and one may well easily be excused the suspicion that those that, with no believing in it, profess to take action, are extra occupied with fending off a tough, if now not harmful, topic, than they're with the matter of constructing sane and sound tools of considering. And whereas a few who stand ahead as leaders of renowned inspiration fail to do their half within the paintings of attacking supernaturalistic ideals, others are perforce forced to commit extra time than they'd another way to the duty. That, briefly, is my apology for bearing on myself so mostly with non secular subject matters, and leaving nearly untouched different fields the place the Freethought perspective may end up both fruitful of results.

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The thief threatens no institution, not even that of private property. " Thou shalt not steal " is as much the law of a thieves' kitchen as it is of Mayfair. But Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Lyell, Darwin, REBELLION AND REFORM. 57 these are the men who convey a threat in all they write, destroy and create with a splendour that smacks of the power with which Christians have endowed No aggregation of criminals their mythical deity. has ever threatened the security of the Church, or On the contrary, the even disturbed its serenity.

Similarly, existing institutions may but the causes of their existence lie buried in the past. A king may to-day be honoured on account of his personal worth, but the reason why there is a king to be honoured carries us back to that state of culture in which the have their justification in the present, primitive priest and magic worker inspires fear and awe. When we ring bells to call people to church we perpetuate the fact that our ancestors rang them to wear black at a funeral drive away evil spirits.

Pressed through the individual, is achieved by the race. is that Individually, the man of to-day is not strikingly superior in form or capacity tO' the man of five or ten thousand years ago. But he knows more, can achieve more, and is in that sense stronger than was his ancestors. He is the heir of the ages, not as a figure of He inherits speech, but as the most sober of facts. what previous generations have acquired; the schoolboy of to-day starts with a capital of inherited knowledge that would have been an outfit for a philosopher a few thousand years ago.

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