A grammar of freethought by Chapman Cohen

By Chapman Cohen

A Grammar of Freethought

By Chapman Cohen

Outgrowing the Gods

It needs to be left when you learn the subsequent pages to determine how some distance this e-book lives as much as its name. That it leaves many points of lifestyles untouched is kind of transparent, yet there has to be a restrict to every thing, even to the scale and scope of a booklet; additionally, the paintings doesn't goal at being an encyclopædia, yet in simple terms an summary of what could particularly 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 definite certain angle of brain when it comes to these difficulties of lifestyles with which considerate women and men main issue themselves. it's that psychological perspective which I objective at depicting.

To those people who are in some way serious about the assault on supernaturalism it could possibly even be an issue 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 haven't but reached that level in affairs once we can come up with the money for to permit faith on my own, and one could comfortably be excused the suspicion that those that, with no believing in it, profess to take action, are extra excited about averting a tricky, if now not risky, topic, than they're with the matter of constructing sane and sound equipment of pondering. And whereas a few who stand ahead as leaders of renowned suggestion fail to do their half within the paintings of attacking supernaturalistic ideals, others are perforce pressured to dedicate extra time than they might another way to the duty. That, in short, is my apology for referring to myself so mostly with non secular issues, and leaving nearly untouched different fields the place the Freethought perspective could turn out both fruitful of results.

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Principle of pure authority has so few defenders that it would be sheer waste of time, unless the protest tion embodied a questions. definite attitude with We may, then, put it regard to specific that to as " Free- thought " stands for a reasoned and definite opposition to all forms of supcrnaturalism, it claims the right to subject all religious beliefs to the test of reason, and further claims that when so tested they break down It is from this point of view that these hopelessly. pages are written, and the warranty for so defining it should be apparent from what has been said in this and the preceding chapter.

The change is in the direction and form of their manifestation only, and it is in the light of the human nature around us that we must study and interpret the human nature From that point of view that has gone before us. we may safely conclude that bad institutions were kept professing a rcligiou founded on love and were ruthless where heresy was concerned, and were ready to trample it out at any cost. Dominic and Francis, Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas, Innocent III. and St. Louis, were types, in their several ways, of which humanity, in any age, might feel proud, and yet they were as unsparing of the heretic as Kzzelin di Roniancj was of his enemies.

And, finally, we have the fact that a great many of our present needs are transformed desires. The working man of to-day counts as needs, as do we all more or less, a number of things that began as pure desires. We say we need books, pictures, music, etc. But none of these things can be really brought under the category of things necessary to life. They are the creation Without them we say life would of man's mental cravings. not be worth living, and it is well that we should all feel so. Professor Marshall rightly dwells upon this point by saying " Although it is man's wants in the early stages of development that give rise to his activities, yet afterwards each new step is to be regarded as the development of new activities giving rise to new wants, rather than of new wants giving {Principles of Economics, Vol.

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