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A Grammar of Freethought

By Chapman Cohen

Outgrowing the Gods

It needs to be left should you learn the subsequent pages to make your mind up how some distance this publication lives as much as its identify. That it leaves many features of existence untouched is kind of transparent, yet there needs to be a restrict to every thing, even to the scale and scope of a publication; additionally, the paintings doesn't target at being an encyclopædia, yet in basic terms an overview of what may well relatively be considered as the Freethought place. Freethought, back, is just too fluid a time period to allow its teachings being summarized in a collection creed, however it does stand for a definite sure perspective of brain with regards to these difficulties of existence with which considerate women and men problem themselves. it truly is that psychological angle which I objective at depicting.

To those who find themselves in some way excited by the assault on supernaturalism it might probably even be a question of remorse that loads of this paintings is anxious with a feedback of spiritual 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 allow faith by myself, and one could without problems be excused the suspicion that those that, with out believing in it, profess to take action, are extra thinking about heading off a tricky, 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 concept fail to do their half within the paintings of attacking supernaturalistic ideals, others are perforce forced to commit extra time than they'd another way to the duty. That, in short, is my apology for referring to myself so mostly with spiritual themes, and leaving nearly untouched different fields the place the Freethought perspective could turn out both fruitful of results.

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REBELLION AND REFORM. Rebellion and reform are not exactly twins, but they are very closely related. For while all rebellion is not reform, yet in the widest sense of the word, there is no To fight for reform is to rebel against the existing order and is part of the eternal and fundamentally healthful struggle of the new against the old, and of the living present against reform without rebellion. The rebel is thus at once a public the dead past. danger and a benefactor. He threatens the existing order, but it is in the name of a larger and better And because of this it is his usual lot social life.

REBELLION AND REFORM. Rebellion and reform are not exactly twins, but they are very closely related. For while all rebellion is not reform, yet in the widest sense of the word, there is no To fight for reform is to rebel against the existing order and is part of the eternal and fundamentally healthful struggle of the new against the old, and of the living present against reform without rebellion. The rebel is thus at once a public the dead past. danger and a benefactor. He threatens the existing order, but it is in the name of a larger and better And because of this it is his usual lot social life.

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. Expressed in the modern manner we should say that crime is the result of an undeveloped nature, or of a pathological one, or of a reversion to an earlier predatory type, or the result of any or all of these factors in combination with defective social conditions.

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