“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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My library Help Advanced Book Search. In the first Mencken does a very interesting thing. Those who wonder why devotees of Mencken are so zealous will find the answer here as well. This chapter serves to show the many similarities between religions new and ancient. I noticed some fact discrepancies, but he makes his points with style. These two first chapters lacked much of the renown Mencken wit, reading more scholarly and thus a bit dryer.

Te of all, he attacked Puritan morality. He died in Dec 17, Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves: Embossed blue covers with gilt lettering and illustration to spine. He called Puritanism, “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. His masterpiece was one of the few books he wrote about something he loved, a book called The American Languagea history and collection of American vernacular speech.

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Herein lies the origin of Hell. In this terrifying world of volcanoes and storms and floods, the causes of which were bewildering and unknowable, humans devised religion as a means to explain and cope with these awful forces and events. The fact that they are unknown, and its self, is of no evidential value; it simply tells us what every enlightened person already knows, to wit, that man’s knowledge of the universe is still incomplete.


But it is certainly more nearly complete that was 50 years ago, or a century ago, or a millennium ago, gpds there is every reason to believe that it will become still more completely hereafter — that all her nearly all of the natural processes, and the course of time, we brought into harmony with invariable laws.

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Treatise on the Gods

He compares Incas and Greeks, examines doctrines, dogmas, sacred texts, heresies, and ceremonies. As commonly encountered, they lack many of the qualities that mark the civilized man: Henry Louis Mencken was born in Baltimore in and remained a lifelong resident. And even aside from the content this is writing at its vivid and truculent best. Despite that, it is a very entertaining romp, full of pithy skewerings of pastors and priests.

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This page was last edited on 28 November hreatise, at Cloth hardcover, clean unmarked text, Good ex-library oj with typical marks pocket on rear pastedown and residue on the spineowner’s namestamp on the front flyleaf, light wear to the covers, no dust jacket.

Reading this last section and its ending will be a test of your mettle. Quotes from Treatise on the Gods. Treatise on the Gods. Billy rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Wilson; [3] and the Marxist literary critic Granville Hicks called it “the best popular account we have of the origin and nature of religion. The error here, of course, consists in confusing what to simply marvelous with what is actuall Quite the detailed critique of religion, nearly as in now as it was when it was written over 50 years ago.

Two more editions of the book followed, in and Original gilt lettered maroon cloth, top edge red top edge partially discoloured – otherwise bright VGno dustwrapper.

Mencken’s prejudices and some of his facts are umistakably dated, and inevitably peek through here and there. The Johns Hopkins University Press, While the jacket is the same general design as the American first the front flap and rear panel text is slightly different, the rear flap is blank, a list of Knopf publications for Spring, is printed on the verso.

Blue Ribbon Books, Inc. Selected pages Title Page. Mencken also dedicates some pages to what he feels is an irreconcilable conflict treatie science and religion.