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Treatise on the Gods (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf)

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Publisher Comments:

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 surface is not always religion. Go beneath it, and one finds invariably the same sense of helplessness before the cosmic mysteries, and the same pathetic attempt to resolve it by appealing to higher powers.--from Treatise on the Gods

H. L. Mencken is perhaps best known for his scathing political satire. But politicians, as far as Mencken was concerned, had no monopoly on self-righteous chest-thumping, deceit, and thievery. He also found religion to be an adversary worthy of his attention and, in Treatise on the Gods, he offers some of his best shots, a choreographed cannonade.

Mencken examines religion everywhere, from India to Peru, from the myths of Egypt to the traditional beliefs of America's Bible Belt. He compares Incas and Greeks, examines doctrines, dogmas, sacred texts, heresies, and ceremonies. He ranges far and wide, but returns at last to the subject that most provokes him: Christianity. He reviews the history of the Church and its founders. It is Tertullian who is credited with the motto, Credo, quia absurdum est: I believe because it is incredible. Needless to say, he began life as a lawyer. Mencken is no less interested in the dissidents: The Reformers were men of courage, but not many of them were intelligent. Against the old-time religion of fellow countrymen, Mencken posed as a figure of old-time skepticism, and he reaped the whirlwind. Controversial even before it was published in 1930, Treatise on the Gods remains what its author wished it to be: the plain, clear challenge of honest doubt.

Book News Annotation:

**** A reprint of the revised and corrected 1946 issue, cited in BCL3. This is the volume in which Mencken (1880-1956) roundly excoriates the religions of the world and their followers, from the ancient Mayans and Egyptians to America's Baptists and other varieties of Christianity--his bete noir.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

H. L. Mencken is perhaps best known for his scathing political satire. But politicians, as far as Mencken was concerned, had no monopoly on self-righteous chest-thumping deceit and thievery. He also found religion to be an adversary worthy of his attention and, in Treatise on the Gods, he offers some of his best shots, a choreographed cannonade. Here Mencken examines religion everywhere, from India to Peru, from the myths of Egypt to the traditional beliefs of America's Bible Belt. Controversial even before it was published in 1930, it remains what its author wished it to be: the plain, clear challenge of honest doubt.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 294-302) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801856549
Author:
Mencken, H. L.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Author:
Mencken, H. L.
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Christian Literature
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Controversial literature
Subject:
Christianity -- Controversial literature.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
2nd ed., corr. & rewritten.
Series:
Maryland paperback bookshelf
Series Volume:
no. L392
Publication Date:
June 1997
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.53x5.55x.82 in. .87 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , H. L. Mencken is perhaps best known for his scathing political satire. But politicians, as far as Mencken was concerned, had no monopoly on self-righteous chest-thumping deceit and thievery. He also found religion to be an adversary worthy of his attention and, in Treatise on the Gods, he offers some of his best shots, a choreographed cannonade. Here Mencken examines religion everywhere, from India to Peru, from the myths of Egypt to the traditional beliefs of America's Bible Belt. Controversial even before it was published in 1930, it remains what its author wished it to be: the plain, clear challenge of honest doubt.
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