“I am quite convinced that all religions, at bottom, are pretty much alike. On the surface they may seem to differ greatly, but what appears on the. Treatise on the Gods. H. L. Mencken. With a style that combined biting sarcasm with the “language of the free lunch counter,” Henry Louis Mencken shook. Treatise on the Gods () is H. L. Mencken’s survey of the history and philosophy of Open any treatise upon pastoral theology and you will find the author.

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Treatise On the Gods by Mencken, H L

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The John Hopkins University Press, Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. The second chapter covers how the first priests learn to keep their jobs after their rituals fail to divert natural disasters and disease. Reprint of the “Second edition: Sep 01, Matt McCormick rated it it was ok. Mencken also postulates that some humans are biologically more ttreatise to religion than others and subsequently religion will survive for quite some time. Tips rubbed through, spine ends bumped.

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On the surface they may seem to differ greatly, but what appears on the surface is not always religion. What makes Biblio different? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ron rated it really liked it Aug 03, Overall I loved it, and I mwncken forward to reading more Mencken.


In this terrifying world of volcanoes and storms and floods, the causes of which were bewildering and unknowable, humans treatiss religion as a means to explain and cope with these awful forces and events. Whatever effect prayer has as a treatment for disease has been displaced by the highly effective means of scientific medicine.

Fair condition Hardcover Octavo with no dust jacket,9th printing. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.

One good example, from the final chapter: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He died in Dec 17, Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves: The Future Is Female!

Treatise On the Gods

An indispensable critique on the creation and rise of religions, to the then-state of the ‘twenties Christian faith; as well as a book by a man who loved to think and read for himself. Better World Books Condition: Mencken’s prejudices and some of his facts are umistakably dated, and inevitably peek through here and there. Mencken is perhaps best known for his scathing political satire.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The middle chapters are driven almost exclusively by academic research into religion. The Jews could be put down very plausibly as the most unpleasant race ever heard of. Sam rated it it was ok Oct 05, Stay in Touch Sign up. Though a layman to Theology, I have read a good bit, yet Treatise on the Gods is thoroughly interesting and gkds and well- and simply written. These two first chapters lacked much of the renown Mencken wit, Nencken book is divided into five large chapters, each one being different godx subject and tone.


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Tracking on every package. Definitely a proponent of the God of the Gaps idea, Mencken firmly believes that the area of knowledge for religion is becoming smaller and smaller treagise scientific knowledge progresses, and eventually the realm of knowledge for religion will disappear altogether.

Was it a a supreme act of cynicism? One godd its basic postulates that the whole process of nature is a sort of continuing miracle, and that it thus establishes the existence of an omnipotent and irresponsible God, — in brief, of the chartered libertine who is the hero of the Old Testament.

And with the introduction of those of meager intelligence into the ring what began as a dispassionate examination of religion has turned into a battle royale with Mencken taking on all comers.