By Chapman Cohen
A Grammar of Freethought
By Chapman Cohen
Outgrowing the Gods
It needs to be left when you learn the next pages to come to a decision how a ways this booklet lives as much as its name. 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 dimensions and scope of a booklet; additionally, the paintings doesn't goal at being an encyclopædia, yet purely an summary of what may possibly really 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 definite convinced perspective of brain on the subject of these difficulties of lifestyles with which considerate women and men difficulty themselves. it truly is that psychological angle which I target at depicting.
To those who find themselves indirectly focused on the assault on supernaturalism it will probably even be a question of remorse that lots of this paintings is anxious with a feedback of spiritual ideals. yet that's an coincidence of the placement. we haven't but reached that degree in affairs once we can have enough money to enable faith on my own, and one may possibly quite simply be excused the suspicion that those that, with out believing in it, profess to take action, are extra all in favour of keeping off a tricky, if now not risky, topic, than they're with the matter of constructing sane and sound equipment of considering. And whereas a few who stand ahead as leaders of well known idea 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, briefly, is my apology for touching on myself so mostly with non secular themes, and leaving nearly untouched different fields the place the Freethought angle may end up both fruitful of results.
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He is the heir of the ages, not as a figure of He inherits speech, but as the most sober of facts. what previous generations have acquired; the schoolboy of to-day starts with a capital of inherited knowledge that would have been an outfit for a philosopher a few thousand years ago. It is this that makes speech of so great importance Without speech, written or to the fact of progress. verbal, of it human would be impossible tO' conserve the products achievement. Each generation would have 38 A GRAMMAR OF FREETHOUGHT.
To be crucified when living and deified when dead. So it has always been, so in its main features will it always be. If contemporaries were to recognize the reformer as such, they would destroy his essential funcby making it come an automatic tion Improvement would beprocess that would perfect itself As it is, the function of the rebel useless. without opposition. is to act as an explosive force, and no society of average human beings likes explosions. They are noisy, and they are dangerous. For the reformer to complain at not being hailed as a deliverer is for him to mistak* his part and place in social evolution.
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.
A grammar of freethought by Chapman Cohen