“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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You may then resolve to never read Mencken again hellip. Usual fading to spine from blue to near white; bright gold on spine; in a very good slipcase with the usual fading and a little bit of wear to the joints.

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Rusty Goes To London. Leveraging humans hyper-sensitive agent detection and lack of understanding of causality and probability, priests managed to gain a position in the tribe through fighting natural forces, and sometimes winning. These two first chapters lacked much of the renown Mencken wit, reading more scholarly and thus a bit dryer. This chapter serves to show the many similarities between religions new and ancient.


Mencken also postulates that some humans are biologically more susceptible to religion than others and subsequently religion will survive for quite some time. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

He compares Incas and Greeks, examines doctrines, dogmas, sacred texts, heresies, and ceremonies. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Sturdy, flexible hardcover volume, somewhat concave, with gilt top edges showing light dust-soiling. First Mncken edition, red cloth, gilt menckej. First page weak at hinge. Ships with Tracking Number! There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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First printing,same date, no others noted. In Search of Lost Books.

There are descriptions of various heavens and hells, and of course Mencken spends more time detailing the terrors of each hell. On the surface they may seem to differ greatly, but what appears on the surface tje not always religion.

I suspect every copy of that issue is the same, as I later saw a disclaimer on AbeBooks of “possible missing pages” from this book. Steve Chaput rated it really liked it Apr 13, In the first Mencken does a very interesting thing.


Treatise on the Gods

The book is way too long. Red pen underlined text.

The middle chapters are driven almost exclusively by academic research into religion. But this book is a disappointment much like the disappointment one feels after getting to know Mencken too well. Most I agree with from a rational and commonsense perspective.

Mencken Religious studies books Alfred A. The third chapter is a lesson in comparative religion. Needless to say, he began life as a lawyer. Take for example how he traced again accurately?

Treatisw Case that Shook India: Good with no dust jacket. The Bible Tells Them So: Why then is there usually a religious revival in progress? First edition, first printing.

Strikingly similar to Eric Hoffers description in the book True Believers it may even have influenced Hoffer. The Men In My Life. In very good condition.