“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 H.L. Mencken

The first chapter is teeatise, but is a very plausible explanation of the origin of the occupation of the priest. The Johns Hopkins University Press, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 First British edition, red cloth, gilt title. Nov 18, Jamie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Light bruising at tips.

My copy of this used book through Amazon is missing about 30 pages, and another 30 are duplicated. The book is divided into five sections, but these sections form three general parts.

Like many people in history, the more we get to know them the more disenchanted we can become. On the surface they may seem to differ greatly, but what appears on the surface is not always religion. The error goxs, of course, consists in confusing what to simply marvelous with what is actuall Quite the detailed critique of religion, nearly as fresh now as it was when it was written over 50 years ago.


Sep 01, Matt McCormick rated it it was ok. Some of the info and references are dated, keep in mind this was written in and updated in The Long Path to Wisdom. In he joined the staff of the… More about H.

Treatise on the Gods by H. His masterpiece was one of the few books he wrote about something he loved, a book called The American Languagea history hods collection of American vernacular speech. You may then resolve to never read Mencken again hellip. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Treatise on the Gods

This book, published mfnckenis a vicious attack on organized religion, and contains an ugly anti-semitism. Wilson; [3] and the Marxist literary critic Granville Hicks called it “the best popular account we have of the origin and nature of religion.

Treatise on the Gods Mencken, H. Preview — Treatise on the Gdos by H. Treatise on the Gods is a well organized trip through the beginnings and evolution of religion. Red pen underlined text. Mencken Heaven Hell Holy Huitzilopochtli human ideas imagine invented Jesus Jesus’s Jewish Jews John kings later laws less living Luke Magic and Religion mainly Matthew messiah Methodist Mithra modern Moslem natural Old Testament once Paul Elmer Pericope Adulterae pious plain plainly political popes prayers preach priestly priests primitive probably prophets Protestant Protestantism Reformation religion religious Roman Rome sacrifice savages says seems Septuagint simply skepticism sort soul sun-god survive theologians theology things thou thought tion tribe Virgin Birth whole worship Yahweh York.


Treatise on the Gods

One disagreement with the book, I don’t think the bible as literature, is as quite as good as H. 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.

The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Sign In Register Help Cart. Most texts on religion and its history cover only what is known starting with the earliest records which survive. Limited First Edition, being of copies, signed by the author at Limitation Page, noting also printing on Borzoi rag paper, clean, bright, unmarked.

Mencken dedicates considerable resources to show how the Bible was put together, which parts were likely embellished, which parts were written far too long after the event to have been accurate, and how much of it given what we know about the historical Jesus is faithful to his character.

Needless to say, he began life as a lawyer.

Why then is there usually a religious revival in progress? They have vanity without pride, voluptuousness without taste, and learning without wisdom.

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