“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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Though a layman to Theology, I have read a good bit, yet Treatise on the Gods is thoroughly interesting and enlightening and trextise and simply written. First British edition, red cloth, gilt title. A year after publication the New York Times published another review, this one by Philip Wylie and accompanied by a caricature of Mencken by Covarrubias.

Mencken’s “Treatise” begins with an exploration of the origins and evolution of religion, and while he draws on some of treatuse anthropological and archaeological evidence then available, much of his writing on the subject are his own personal speculations and conjectures as to how religion, the concept of gods, and theology arose and developed.

Most I agree with from a rational and commonsense perspective. James rated it it was amazing Oct 16, Separated at bottom front edge.

It becomes more Christianity centered as the book progressed — understandable considering he was an American. ReligionHistoryChristianity. The Conspiracy against the Human Race. Herein lies the origin of Hell.

The Te Tells Them So: Second edition, corrected and rewritten. The last chapter is by far the most entertaining and enjoyable to read, because that’s where he really lets loose, and reading his scathing rants and barbed diatribes is simply delicious.


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With a style that combined biting sarcasm with the “language of the free lunch counter,” Henry Louis Mencken shook politics and politicians for nearly half a century. The Diary of Samuel Pepys. Treatise on the Gods is H. Two more editions of the book followed, in and The April 3rd Incident. Boone Limited preview – This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat Name on inside front cover; interior pages unmarked. Want to Read saving…. Nov 18, Jamie rated it it was amazing Shelves: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Originally published as a Borzoi Book by Alfred A. 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. He attacked chiropractors and the Ku Klux Klan, politicians and other journalists.

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Lists with This Book. Sharon rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Abe Ropitini rated it really liked it Mar 01, Mike Harry rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Mar 01, Kennedy rated it it was amazing. The first chapter is speculative, but is a very plausible explanation of the origin of the occupation of the priest. Johns Hopkins University Press, The second part of the book also has two sections.

The book is way too long. Please try again later. Mencken strays toward the hypothetical in discussion of origins of religions, particularly in preliterate societies, but is joyously blunt on the contemporary variants of his time published Treatise on the Gods. Like many people in history, the more we get to know them the more disenchanted we can become.

The second chapter covers how the first priests learn to keep their jobs after their rituals fail to divert natural disasters and disease. Quotes from Treatise on the Gods. 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. Oct 23, Varmint rated it really liked it Shelves: But it is certainly more nearly complete that was 50 years ago, or a century ago, or a millennium ago, and 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.


Mencken also postulates that some humans are biologically more susceptible to religion than others and subsequently religion will survive for quite some time.

The first is a succinct text on comparative religion which shows how all religions have in common the central thesis of persuading the powers to be kind. Blue cloth, titling in gilt on the spine. Rough-edge pages, some uncut, with light soiling to edges.

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Find Rare Books Book Value. Rusty Goes To London. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Books with missing cover. I jencken scribbled all kinds of great quotes out of this book and I will add a few here eventually.

An Unused, unmarked and unblemished copy. Definitely a proponent of the God of the Gaps idea, Mencken firmly believes that the area fods knowledge for religion is becoming smaller and smaller as scientific knowledge progresses, and eventually the realm of knowledge for religion will disappear altogether.