By Chapman Cohen
A Grammar of Freethought
By Chapman Cohen
Outgrowing the Gods
It needs to be left when you learn the subsequent pages to choose how a long way this publication lives as much as its name. That it leaves many features of existence untouched is kind of transparent, yet there has to be a restrict to every little thing, even to the dimensions and scope of a e-book; furthermore, the paintings doesn't objective at being an encyclopædia, yet merely 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 yes perspective of brain relating to these difficulties of lifestyles with which considerate women and men quandary themselves. it really is that psychological perspective which I objective at depicting.
To people who find themselves in some way curious about the assault on supernaturalism it could even be a question of remorse that rather a lot of this paintings is worried with a feedback of spiritual ideals. yet that's an twist of fate of the location. we've not but reached that level in affairs after we can have the funds for to allow faith on my own, and one could effectively be excused the suspicion that those that, with no believing in it, profess to take action, are extra fascinated by 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 renowned proposal fail to do their half within the paintings of attacking supernaturalistic ideals, others are perforce forced to dedicate extra time than they might another way to the duty. That, in short, is my apology for touching on myself so mostly with spiritual themes, and leaving nearly untouched different fields the place the Freethought angle could turn out both fruitful of results.
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Of thought and freedom of speech stand to each other as the two halves of a pair of scissors. Without freedom of speech freedom of thought is robbed of the better part of its utility, even if its existence is not threatened. The one reacts on the other. As thought Freedom provides the deteriorates material when it is for speech, in fact, one of the great factors in human turn, it Speech is, in so, denied expression. progress. It which enables one generation to hand on to another the discoveries made, the inventions produced, the thoughts achieved, and so gives a degree of fixity For progress, while exto the progress attained.
RAMMAR OF FREHTHOUGHT. Satan, liail their fcclingf^ fnitraRcd by hearing a Imprisonment for " blassecular sour on Sunday. phemy," once regarded as a duty, has now become At one and the ridiculous to all reasonable people. 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.
In Rome to the very end of the Pagan domination there existed no legislation against opinions, as such. The holders of certain opinions might find themselves in uncomfortable positions now and then, but action against them had to rest on some ground other than There that which was afterwards known as heresy. existed no law in the Roman Empire against freedom and those who are familiar with Mr. H. C. Lea's classic, History of the Inquisition, will recall his account of the various tactics adopted by the Chris- of opinion, 44 A GRAMMAR OF FREETHOUGHT.
A grammar of freethought by Chapman Cohen