By Chapman Cohen
A Grammar of Freethought
By Chapman Cohen
Outgrowing the Gods
It has to be left in case you learn the subsequent pages to make a decision how some distance this booklet lives as much as its identify. That it leaves many points of lifestyles untouched is sort of transparent, yet there needs to be a restrict to every little thing, even to the dimensions and scope of a e-book; in addition, the paintings doesn't objective at being an encyclopædia, yet in simple terms an overview of what may possibly particularly be considered as the Freethought place. Freethought, back, is simply too fluid a time period to allow its teachings being summarized in a suite creed, however it does stand for a definite yes angle of brain on the subject of these difficulties of existence with which considerate women and men crisis themselves. it truly is that psychological angle which I target at depicting.
To people who are ultimately considering the assault on supernaturalism it may possibly even be an issue of remorse that quite a bit of this paintings is worried with a feedback of spiritual ideals. yet that's an twist of fate of the placement. we haven't but reached that degree in affairs after we can have enough money to enable faith by myself, and one might easily be excused the suspicion that those that, with no believing in it, profess to take action, are extra enthusiastic about averting a tricky, if no longer 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 renowned suggestion fail to do their half within the paintings of attacking supernaturalistic ideals, others are perforce forced to commit extra time than they might another way to the duty. That, in short, is my apology for pertaining to myself so mostly with non secular themes, and leaving virtually untouched different fields the place the Freethought angle may end up both fruitful of results.
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From the point of view of physical science a thing is neither free nor unfree, and to discuss natural happenings in terms of freedom or bondage is equal to discussing speech tliat is intellectuivl intercourse, is far WHAT IS FREETHOUGHT? 41 smell in terms of sight or colour in terms of smell. 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.
His religion is part of the position. An English nobleman, speaking generHe may be ally, has two religions from which to choose. either a member of the estabhshed Church or of the Roman Catholic. In the middle classes there is the choice of all sorts Religious of religious sects, so long as they are Christian. dissent is permitted so long as it does not travel beyond the limits of the chapel. 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.
In stronghold of mere authority has been religion. science and in sociology, as well as in connection with supernaturalism proper, every movement in the direction of the free exercise of the intellect has met with the unceasing opposition of religion. That has always been at once the symbol and the instrument of oppression. To attack religion has been to attack the enemy All else has been matter of outpost in his capital. skirmishing. I have apparently gone a long way round to get at the meaning of the word " Freethought," but it was necessary.