A grammar of freethought by Chapman Cohen

By Chapman Cohen

A Grammar of Freethought

By Chapman Cohen

Outgrowing the Gods

It has to be left if you happen to learn the next pages to make your mind up how a long way this publication lives as much as its identify. That it leaves many facets 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; furthermore, the paintings doesn't target at being an encyclopædia, yet in basic terms an overview of what could relatively 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 certain perspective of brain on the subject of these difficulties of existence with which considerate women and men hindrance themselves. it really is that psychological perspective which I target at depicting.

To people who are ultimately concerned about the assault on supernaturalism it might even be a question of remorse that quite a bit of this paintings is anxious with a feedback of non secular ideals. yet that's an coincidence of the location. we haven't but reached that degree in affairs once we can have enough money to permit faith on my own, and one could with no trouble 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 risky, 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 pressured 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 nearly untouched different fields the place the Freethought perspective might turn out both fruitful of results.

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It was mental enlighten- was needed, not moral enthusiasm. question of progress thus becomes, in all directions, one of the impact of new ideas, in an environsociety ment suitable to their reception and growth. unprogrescomparatively always itself is shut in on sive, and but for the movement of classes within it would be completely so. The more closely the history of civilization is studied the more clearly does that ment that The A fact emerge. there can be Civilization is a synthetic no synthesis movement, and in the absence of dissolution and resolution.

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.

But applied in a legitimate way the word " free " is The connot only justifiable, it is indispensible. fusion arises when we take a word from a department in which its meaning is quite clear and apply it in a region where it has no application whatever. " Taking either of these expressions it is plain that they could have originated only in a state of affairs where some people are " free," and some are living in a state of bondage no need to trace the history of implied in the word itself. free State is one in which those belonging to it determine their own laws without being coerced by an outside power.

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