By Chapman Cohen
A Grammar of Freethought
By Chapman Cohen
Outgrowing the Gods
It needs to be left should you learn the next pages to make a decision how some distance this booklet lives as much as its identify. That it leaves many elements 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 publication; in addition, the paintings doesn't target at being an encyclopædia, yet simply an summary of what may possibly really 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 yes perspective of brain on the subject of these difficulties of lifestyles with which considerate women and men quandary themselves. it really is that psychological angle which I target at depicting.
To those who find themselves indirectly excited about the assault on supernaturalism it could 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 haven't but reached that level in affairs after we can have the funds for to permit faith by myself, and one could simply be excused the suspicion that those that, with out believing in it, profess to take action, are extra taken with averting a tricky, if no longer harmful, 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 well known inspiration fail to do their half within the paintings of attacking supernaturalistic ideals, others are perforce pressured to dedicate extra time than they'd another way to the duty. That, in short, is my apology for referring to myself so principally with non secular themes, and leaving virtually untouched different fields the place the Freethought perspective may end up both fruitful of results.
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31 same reason that they are kept alive to-day. The majority must be blind to their badness; and in any case it is a general perception of their badness which leads to their destruction. The subject of crime illustrates the same point. Against crime as such, society is as set as ever. But our attitude toward the causation and cure of crime, and, above all, to the treatment of the criminal, has undergone a profound alteration. And the change that has taken place here has been away from the Christian conception which brutalized the world for so long, towards the point of view taken up by the ancient Greeks, that wrong doing is the outcome of ignorance.