Secularism, Scepticism, and Atheism: Verbatim Report of the Proceedings of a Two Nights' Public Debate Between Messrs. G.J. Holyoake & C. Bradlaugh : Held at the New Hall of Science ... London, on the Evenings of March 10 and 11, 1870

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Austin, 1870 - Atheism - 77 pages
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Page 74 - Secularism does not say there is no light and guidance elsewhere, but maintains that there is light and guidance in secular truth, whose conditions and sanctions exist independently, act independently, and act for ever. Secular knowledge is manifestly that kind of knowledge which is founded in this life, which relates to the conduct of this life, conduces to the welfare of this life, and is capable of being tested by the experience of this life.
Page 27 - That human improvement and happiness cannot be effectually promoted without civil and religious liberty; and that, therefore, it is the duty of every individual to actively attack all barriers to equal freedom of thought and utterance for all, upon political, theological, and social subjects.
Page 34 - ... persons of all creeds may be willing to admit, that if a person has an ideal object, his attachment and sense of duty towards which are able to control and discipline all his other sentiments and propensities, and prescribe to him a rule of life, that person has a religion : and though every one naturally prefers his own religion to any other, all must admit that if the object of this attachment, and of this feeling of duty, is the aggregate of our fellow-creatures, this Religion of the Infidel...
Page 26 - This Association declares (1) that the promotion of Human Improvement and Happiness is the highest duty. "2. That the theological teachings of the world have been, and are, most powerfully obstructive of human improvement and happiness; human activity being guided and increased by...
Page 16 - Although at present it may be perfectly true that all men who are Secularists are not Atheists, I put it that in my opinion the logical consequence of the acceptance of Secularism must be that the man gets to Atheism if he has brains enough to comprehend.
Page 34 - There must be a creed, or conviction, claiming authority over the whole of human life; a belief, or set of beliefs, deliberately adopted, respecting human destiny and duty, to which the believer inwardly acknowledges that all his actions ought to be subordinate. Moreover, there must be a sentiment connected with this creed, or capable of being invoked by it, sufficiently powerful to give it, in fact, the authority over human conduct to which it lays claim in theory.
Page 74 - If a sum in arithmetic is wrong, it can be proved by a new way of working it; if a medical recipe is wrong the effect is discoverable on the health ; if a political law is wrong, it is sooner or later apparent in the disaster it brings with it; if a theorem in navigation is erroneous, delay or...
Page 49 - ... them under his own signature, and of constant lecturing in public places. One would think that a man who has been tried and imprisoned for Atheism, and has ever since continued to publish the opinions which brought him into that position, might be secure, if any man might, from the charge of sneaking. The adoption of the term Secularism is justified by its including a large number of persons who are not Atheists, and uniting them for action which has Secularism for its object, and not Atheism,...
Page 59 - If, however, God is affirmed to represent an existence which is distinct from the existence of which I am a mode, and which it is alleged is not the noumenon, of which the word ' I' represents only a speciality of phenomena, then I deny ' God,' and affirm that it is impossible ' God
Page 78 - Theodore Parker's Experience as a Minister, with some account of his early life, and education for the ministry; contained in a letter from him to the members of the Twenty-Eighth Congregational Society of Boston.

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