“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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A must read for all interested in religion. He called Puritanism, “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. Overall mencen excellent and very well researched read, I enjoyed it far more than On Religion by H.

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Along with Christianity, censorship, Prohibition and American democracy each are pummeled, as according to Mencken they are not separate topics but merely different manifestations of the same disease: Separated at bottom front edge.

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 A wonderful, speculative history of the origin and development of religion. Though a layman to Theology, I have read a good bit, yet Treatise on the Gods is thoroughly interesting and enlightening and well- and simply written.


Russell Books Ltd Condition: Mencken’s “Treatise” begins with an exploration of the origins and evolution of religion, and while he draws on some of the anthropological and archaeological evidence then available, much of his writing on the subject are his own personal speculations and conjectures as to how religion, the concept of gods, and theology arose and developed.

Sepia cover with Mencken open-mouth, cigar in hand, book on his lap. Leveraging humans hyper-sensitive agent detection and lack of understanding Treatise on the Gods is a well organized treatize through the beginnings and evolution of religion.

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menckwn Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And even aside from the content this is writing at its vivid and truculent best.

Mencken Johns Hopkins University Press; 2 edition Mencken is not at his finest here, but he does manage to make quite a good case against the Gods. In Search of Lost Books. Treatise on the Gods Snippet view – The middle chapters are driven almost exclusively by academic research into religion.

This manner of thinking is obsolete as we now have science to account for the details treatlse our universe. It may be, at the moment, inexplicable, but this is ob saying that the laws which govern that are yet unknown. Offered by the U.

Treatise On the Gods

It is a satisfying combination of the scholarly Mencken of The American Language and the acerbic iconoclasm for which he was best known. Very light wear to tips, corners and y of the book, faint staining to lower right corner of the front cover, top edge red, clean and unmarked, looks to be unread.


Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets. The Johns Hopkins University Press, The Wartime Letters of Ulysses Menckeb. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Men In My Life.

ReligionHistoryChristianity. Light browning of pages, with heavy browning on pages and This is the book the put me over the edge and commit as a believer in God. Treatise on the Gods.

Was it a a supreme act of cynicism? Those who wonder why devotees of Mencken are so zealous will find the answer here as well.

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However, the reader trewtise soon agree that this speculation is so well thought out and eloquently stated that it forms a very cogent proposition. Looking for More Great Reads? Mar 20, Pages. Billy rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Fair condition Hardcover Octavo with no dust jacket,9th printing.

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