• Essays,  History,  Natural History,  Religions

    Science and Hebrew tradition; essays by Thomas Henry Huxley 1894 PDF book

    Science and Hebrew tradition; essays by Thomas Henry Huxley 1894 PDF book  EXCEPT: for more than a thousand years, the great majority of the most highly civilized and instructed nations in the world have confidently believed and passionately maintained that certain writings, which they entitle sacred, occupy a unique position in literature, in that they possess an authority, different in kind, and immeasurably superior in weight, to that of all other books.  Age after age, they have held it to be an indisputable truth that whoever may be the ostensible writers of the Jewish, Christian, and Mahometan scriptures, God Himself is their real author; and, since their conception of the…

  • Atheism,  freethought,  Rationalism,  Religions

    A grammar of freethought by Chapman Cohen 1921 pdf book

    A grammar of freethought by  Chapman Cohen 1921  pdf book It must be left for those who read the following pages to decide how far this book lives up to its title. That it leaves many aspects of life untouched is quite clear, but there must be a limit to everything, even to the size and scope of a book; moreover, the work does not aim at being an encyclopedia, but only an outline of what may fairly be regarded as the Freethought position.  Freethought, again, is too fluid a term to permit its teachings being summarized in a set creed, but it does stand for a certain definite attitude…

  • freethought,  History,  Religions

    The origin of supernatural conceptions and development of religions from prehistoric times (1906) John James Greenough

    The origin of supernatural conceptions and development of religions from prehistoric times Excerpt: Before attempting to investigate the origin of religion, it may be well to fix a definite meaning to that constantly employed word. We find in the modern lexicons numerous meanings ascribed to the word religion, that differ widely in their nature, and are antagonistic in their purport. If by religion is meant the healthful development of the right life, a practice of conscientious duty to our fellow men, and abstaining from all injustice, every right-minded man must give it his approval. But if by religion is meant ” a system of faith in, and worship of, a…

  • History,  Religions,  Roman Empire

    Roman emperor worship (1919) PDF by Louis Matthews Sweet

    Roman emperor worship (1919) PDF by Louis Matthews Sweet The Roman Imperial Cult began with the first Caesar and continued until the final overthrow of paganism in the Empire. An exhaustive study of the Cult in all its ramifications would practically involve a survey of Roman his- tory during the imperial epoch and would transcend all reasonable limits. A bald analytical review, merely, of the data which have passed under my own eye in the course of this investigation, would break bounds. A rigid and somewhat painful process of elimination has, therefore, been exercised both in the use and presentation of the available data in this field. Particularly in the…

  • Religions

    The celestial keys by Ireleda Sibbrena (1909) PDF eBook

    The celestial keys by Ireleda Sibbrena (1909) PDF eBook Contents of the book: Introduction.–pt. I. The celestial keys. The argument. What is the truth? Authority. What is religion? Comparative religion. The church. Immortality. The efficacy of prayer. The man Christ Jesus. The cause of Christ. The cause of evil. Proselytism. The substitute for vanished creeds.–pt. II. Religion and civilization. Nature versus man. The dual character of the man. Natural and spiritual law. Collective destiny. The final theology  [Download This PDF Book ##download##]

  • Philosophy,  Religions,  Satire

    The philosopher’s martyrdom; a satire by Paul Carus, PDF ebook (1908)

    The philosopher’s martyrdom; a satire by  Paul Carus, PDF ebook (1908) AGNOSTICISM is the philosophy of the Present age, which is a period of transition, and being such it will prove transient. I do not deny that there is a certain truth underlying the principle of agnosticism, otherwise, it could never have gained the influence which it exercises over so many thinking minds, but this underlying truth has never been pointed out by any agnostic thinker, least of all by their chief, Mr. Herbert Spencer, — not even by Mr. Huxley whose high rank as a scientist no one will doubt. I do not deny the many excellent qualities by…

  • Animals,  Crimes,  Religions,  Superstition

    The criminal prosecution and capital punishment of animals (1906) PDF book by Edward Payson Evans

    Download The criminal prosecution and capital punishment of animals PDF book by Edward Payson Evans  This book illustrates the history of the punishment of animals which is motivated by superstitions and religions The present volume is the result of the revision and expansion of two essays entitled ” Bugs and Beasts Before the Law,” and ” Modern and Mediaeval Punishment,” which appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, in August and September 1884. Since that date the author has collected a vast amount of additional material on the subject, which has also been discussed by other writers in several publications, the most noteworthy of which are Professor Karl von Amira’s Thierstrafen und…

  • Buddhism,  Nirvana,  Philosophy,  Religions

    Modern Nirvanaism (1920) by William Danmar Free PDF book

    Modern Nirvanaism (1920) by William Danmar Free PDF book Introduction Since this book came out the first time in 1914 the uproar of the war left the living people but little patience for philosophy. To kill people without caring about what became of the killed was the program. Our world is now quieting down and the questions of what is life and what is death are asked again with increased intensity. Accordingly the public interest in “spiritism” is growing and the scientific interest must follow. By putting out another thousand copies of this work it is intend- ed to reach a larger number of educated, independent thinkers, who are able…

  • Mythology and Folklore,  Rationalism,  Religions,  Superstition

    Cock Lane and common sense by Andrew Lang (1894) (Rationalism Essays) PDF book

    Cock Lane and common sense by Andrew Lang (1894)  (Rationalism Essays) PDF book Cock lane Collection of essays against superstitions and ghost stories Preface.–Introduction.–Savage spiritualism.–Ancient spiritualism.–Comparative psychical research.–Haunted houses.–Cock Lane and common-sense.–Apparitions, ghosts, and hallucinations.–Scrying or crystal-gazing.–The second sight.–Ghosts before the law.–A modern trial for witchcraft.–Presbyterian ghost hunters.–The the logic of table turning.–The ghost theory of the origin of religion Cock Lane is a small street in Smithfield in the City of London, leading from Giltspur Street in the east to Snow Hill in the west. In the medieval period, it was known as Cock Lane and was the site of legal brothels.[Download This PDF Book ##download##]

  • Christianity,  Religions

    Reason and authority in religion (1890) by James Macbride Sterrett PDF book

    Reason and authority in religion (1890) by James Macbride Sterrett Free PDF book We have left behind the must of an infallible Church, of an infallible Bible, and of an unerring reason. Each one of these in turn has been abstracted from an organic process and proposed as the authoritative basis of belief. The inadequacy of the proof for such infallibility has rendered this claim of each one of no effect. The abstract reason, which was first used to discredit the other two, has fallen into the pit which itself dug, and de Profundis rise its agnostic moans.  Hence the task laid upon us in these days is that of…