“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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Shows some signs of wear, and may menckfn some markings on the inside. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Maryland Paperback Bookshelf Series. Strikingly similar to Eric Hoffers description in the book True Believers it may even have influenced Hoffer.

Trivia About Treatise on the Gods. Unfortunately, this much of the book has a concealed flaw: But here Mencken delves far beyond treatiae into the earliest pre-history when human consciousness first became distinguishable from that of the animals. Blunt, forthright, funny and — at times — forgiving of those who suspend reason.

Selected pages Title Page. Carefully packed and shipped with tracking. Offered by the U. It is always nice to know there is someone out there watching our backs, against all the fools who think they have all the answers in one little book.

Treatise on the Gods

It becomes more Christianity centered as the book progressed — understandable considering he was an American. I was pleased that he acknowledged the apparent discrepancies and contradictions between the various Gospels which Mencken mentions, and that the tje order of the writing of them was agreed to as well.


He argues that religious adherents know this and as evidence quotes Martin Luther as saying that Reason is Satan’s whore. Sepia cover with Mencken open-mouth, cigar onn hand, book on his lap. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Please try again later.

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Treatise On the Gods by Mencken, H L

In very good condition. Return to Book Page. While we often think of Mencken as a reporter and a humorist, this book shows he was also a religious scholar, widely read in the history of religion and comparative religion.

Dismissive of attempts to reconcile religion and science, dismissing Gould’s non-overlapping magisteria nonsense more than a half century before it was coined. Most texts on religion and its history cover only what is known starting with the earliest records which survive.

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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.

He ranges far and wide, but returns at last to the subject that most provokes him: In other projects Wikiquote. Along with Christianity, censorship, Prohibition and American democracy each are pummeled, as according to Mencken they are not separate topics but merely different manifestations of the same disease: Ron rated it really liked it Aug 03, It is a satisfying combination of the scholarly Mencken of The American Language and the acerbic iconoclasm for which he was best known.

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Particularly scathing toward US protestant fundamentalism and the corrupting influence mass ignorance has on democracy “no more nonsense has ever been put into words by presumably civilized men”.

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The Long Path to Wisdom. Leveraging humans hyper-sensitive agent detection and lack of understanding Treatise treatose the Gods is a well organized trip through the beginnings and evolution of religion.

Two more editions of the book followed, in and He called Puritanism, “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. Mencken ‘s survey of the history and philosophy of religionand was intended as an unofficial companion volume to his Treatise on Right and Wrong Treatise on the Gods. Sharon rated it it was amazing Jun 27, One disagreement with the book, I don’t think the bible as literature, is as quite as good as H.

Ships same or next business day! Fine in very good to near fine, lightly edgeworn dust jacket in mylar cover. Refreshingly elitist and kn joy to read. Contained in this part of the book is a separate section which discusses Christianity. While the jacket is the same general tratise as the American first the front flap and msncken panel text is slightly different, the rear flap is blank, a list of Knopf publications for Spring, is printed on the verso.

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