Treatise on the Gods

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JHU Press, Sep 8, 2006 - History - 336 pages
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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. Now, fifty years after Mencken’s death, the Johns Hopkins University Press announces The Buncombe Collection, newly packaged editions of nine Mencken classics: Happy Days, Heathen Days, Newspaper Days, Prejudices, Treatise on the Gods, On Politics, Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work, Minority Report, and A Second Mencken Chrestomathy.

Controversial even before it was published in 1930, Treatise on the Gods collects Mencken’s scathing commentary on religion.


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User Review  - neurodrew - LibraryThing

A remakable and scholarly work, written perhaps in 1930 by the sage of Baltimore. He postulates development of religion from magic, by practitioners, then priests, with a vested interest in the ... Read full review

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Chapter topics include the nature and origin of religion; its evolution; its varieties; its Christian form; its state today. Read full review


Its Evolution
Its Varieties
Its Christian Form
Its State Today
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About the author (2006)

Henry Louis Mencken was born in Baltimore in 1880 and remained a lifelong resident.Opinionated and controversial, his columns for the Baltimore Evening Sun earned him a national reputation. He died in 1956.