A History of Freedom of Thought (Google eBook)

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H. Holt and Company, 1913 - Free thought - 250 pages
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Page 164 - The lame walked, the blind saw, the sick were healed, the dead were raised, demons were expelled, and the laws of nature were frequently suspended for the benefit of the church. But the sages of Greece and Rome turned aside from the awful spectacle, and pursuing the ordinary occupations of life and study, appeared unconscious of any alterations in the moral or physical government of the world.
Page 238 - There is the greatest difference between presuming an opinion to be true, because, with every opportunity for contesting it, it has not been refuted, and assuming its truth for the purpose of not permitting its refutation. Complete liberty of contradicting and disproving our opinion is the very condition which justifies us in assuming its tmth for purposes of action; and on no other terms can a being with human faculties have any rational assurance of being right.
Page 261 - History of England. The author seeks to prove that missions have done more to civilize the world than any other human agency.
Page 164 - It happened during the lifetime of Seneca and the elder Pliny, who must have experienced the immediate effects, or received the earliest intelligence, of the prodigy. Each of these philosophers in a laborious work has recorded all the great phenomena of nature, earthquakes, meteors, comets, and eclipses, which his indefatigable curiosity could collect.
Page 258 - Strachey, Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge. "It is difficult to imagine how a better account of French Literature could be given in 250 pages.
Page 262 - ... Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge. The meaning, measurement, distribution, and effects of unemployment, its relation to wages, trade fluctuations, and disputes, and some proposals of remedy or relief.
Page 259 - Decidedly original in substance, and the most readable and informative little book on modern astronomy we have seen for a long time.
Page 261 - A popular work of the highest order. Will be profitable to anybody who cares enough about Bible study to read a serious book on the subject." American Journal of Theology. 88. RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT BETWEEN OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS. By RH Charles, Canon of Westminster. Shows how religious and ethical thought between 180 BC and 100 AD grew naturally into that of the New Testament.
Page 260 - Glasgow, for uninstructed readers. 37. Anthropology. By RR MARETT, Reader in Social Anthropology, Oxford. Seeks to plot out and sum up the general series of changes, bodily and mental", undergone by man in the course of history. "Excellent. So enthusiastic, so clear and witty, and so well adapted to the general reader;** American Library Association Booklist.
Page 99 - Last, that it will be primely to the discouragement of all learning and the stop of truth, not only by dis-exercising and blunting our abilities in what we know already, but by hindering and cropping the discovery that might be yet further made, both in religious and civil wisdom.

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