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A Grammar of Freethought

By Chapman Cohen

Outgrowing the Gods

It needs to be left if you happen to learn the subsequent pages to choose how some distance this e-book 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 little thing, even to the scale and scope of a publication; furthermore, the paintings doesn't goal at being an encyclopædia, yet purely an overview 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 definite sure perspective of brain relating to these difficulties of lifestyles with which considerate women and men challenge themselves. it's that psychological angle which I goal at depicting.

To those who find themselves in some way serious about the assault on supernaturalism it will possibly even be a question of remorse that rather a lot of this paintings is worried with a feedback of non secular ideals. yet that's an twist of fate of the location. we haven't but reached that degree in affairs once we can manage to pay for to allow faith on my own, and one may well without problems be excused the suspicion that those that, with out believing in it, profess to take action, are extra fascinated with averting a tricky, if now not 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 well known inspiration fail to do their half within the paintings of attacking supernaturalistic ideals, others are perforce forced to commit extra time than they might in a different way to the duty. That, briefly, is my apology for bearing on myself so mostly with spiritual issues, and leaving virtually untouched different fields the place the Freethought perspective could end up both fruitful of results.

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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. They are at once the forces that act as the cement of society and those that may forces could handle the one, but they hurl it into chaotic fragments. Whether an idea will survive or not must, in the end, be determined by circumstances, but in itself a new idea may be taken as the mental analogue of the variation which takes place in physical structures, and which forms the raw material of natural selection.

They dominate the physical aspect of life, and represent the determining forces of social Kliminate the psychological forces of life and you eliminate all that can be properly called It is wholly the transforming power of civilization. mind on the environment that creates civilization, and it is only by a steady grasp of this fact that civilization can be properly understood. I have pointed out a distinction between biological growth. and social, or psychological, heredity. But there is one instance in which the two agree.

Same time, a little more than a hundred years ago in this country, the same peoi)le who could denounce cock-fighting on account of its brutality, could watch unmoved the murdering of little children in the Not so long ago men in this factories of Lancashire. country fought duels under a sense of moral cominilsion, and the practice was only abandoned when a changed point of view made people realize the absurdity trying to settle the justice of a cause by determining which of two peojile were the most proficient with sword or pistol.

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