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A Grammar of Freethought

By Chapman Cohen

Outgrowing the Gods

It needs to be left in the event you learn the next pages to make your mind up how a ways this ebook lives as much as its identify. That it leaves many features of existence untouched is kind of transparent, yet there needs to be a restrict to every little thing, even to the scale and scope of a ebook; additionally, the paintings doesn't objective at being an encyclopædia, yet in basic terms an summary of what may perhaps particularly 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 certain perspective of brain in terms of these difficulties of existence with which considerate women and men problem themselves. it really is that psychological angle which I objective at depicting.

To those people who are in some way fascinated with the assault on supernaturalism it will possibly even be a question of remorse that quite a bit of this paintings is anxious with a feedback of spiritual ideals. yet that's an coincidence of the location. we've not but reached that degree in affairs once we can find the money for to allow faith on my own, and one may perhaps without difficulty be excused the suspicion that those that, with out believing in it, profess to take action, are extra concerned about warding off a tricky, 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 well known notion fail to do their half within the paintings of attacking supernaturalistic ideals, others are perforce forced to commit extra time than they might differently to the duty. That, briefly, is my apology for touching on myself so mostly with non secular subject matters, and leaving virtually untouched different fields the place the Freethought angle could end up both fruitful of results.

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We may catalogue the existing peculiarities of an animal form with no other material than that of the organism before us, but thoroughly to understand it we must know its history. 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.

The important issue which society had to face was the ideas that the shock of the war must give rise to. Thinkers saw this; but thinkers do not institutions their removal. get the public ear either as politicians or militarists. events are driving home the lesson. The ideas of Bolshevism and Sinn Feinism proved far more And now " dangerous " than the German armies. The Allied were powerless before the other. 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.

For if we are to encourage variation we must permit it in all directions, good. up You as well as down, for evil as well as for cannot check variation in one direction without checking it in all. RAiMiMAR OF 56 FREETHOUGHT. apjiearancc of a new idea that you do not want without threatening: the appearance of a number of ideas It is, therefore, that you would eatrcily welcome. always better to encourage the appearance of a bad idea than it is to risk the suppression of a good one. Besides, it is not always that force applied to the suppression of ideas succeeds in its object.

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