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 choose how a long way this ebook lives as much as its identify. That it leaves many elements of lifestyles untouched is sort of transparent, yet there needs to be a restrict to every little thing, even to the scale and scope of a e-book; additionally, the paintings doesn't target at being an encyclopædia, yet purely an overview of what could quite be considered as the Freethought place. Freethought, back, is simply too fluid a time period to allow its teachings being summarized in a collection creed, however it does stand for a undeniable sure perspective of brain relating to these difficulties of existence with which considerate women and men obstacle themselves. it really is that psychological perspective which I objective at depicting.
To those people who are in some way inquisitive about the assault on supernaturalism it may 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 location. we've not but reached that degree in affairs once we can find the money for to allow faith by myself, and one may possibly quite simply be excused the suspicion that those that, with no believing in it, profess to take action, are extra inquisitive about fending off a tough, 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 proposal 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, briefly, is my apology for touching 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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And when we come to the better class working man, he has the greatest freedom of all. His social position does not depend upon his belonging to this or that Church, and he may, to borrow a phrase from Heine, go to hell in his own fashion. 40 A CRAiMMAR OF FREETHOUGHT. prevented by choking the avenues of more deadly in its consaiuences, and far more demoralizing in its influence on character. To give way, as thousands do, not to the open application of force, which carries no greater personal reflection than does the soldier's surrender to superior ninnbers, but to the dread of financial loss, to the fear of losing a social status, that one may inwardly despise even while in the act of securing it, or from fear of offending those whom we may feel are not worthy of our respect, these are the things that cannot be done without eating into one's sense of selfrespect, and inflicting upon one's character an irreparable injury.
The temper of mind from which rebellion springs is one that society can only suppress at its peril. — CHAPTER V. THE STRUGGLE FOR THE CHILD. If the truth of what has been said above be admitted, follows that civilization has two fundamental aspects.
The truth is that society is held together, as is any phase of social life, by a bond of agreement. The agreement is not of the conscious, documentary order, but it is there, and it consists in sharing a common life created and maintained by having a common tradition, and a common stock of ideas and ideals. It is this that makes a man a member of one social group rather than of another Chinese, American, French, German, or Choctaw. ;kammar DF freethought. 34 discriminating feature in what is called the economic needs of people.