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Author

Barnes, Harry Elmer

Title

Twilight of Christianity

Sub-Title

Publisher

 

Vanguard Press

Year

1929

City

New York

Edition

Scanned

Searchable

Cleaned

Deluxe

1st edition

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50.0000

100.0000

200.0000

Description

Quoted from the author's "Preface."

"The chief thesis which the writer desires to advance is that the old supernatural concepts and criteria relating to human conduct and its objectives should be discredited and abolished as rapidly as possible and supplanted by strictly secular and mundane considerations. He is willng to defend secularism to any extreme and against all comers from the supernatural camp. As far as the writer is interested in either attacking religion or supporting religion, the whole issue revolves about the degree to which the particular religion concerned espouses the secular or the supernatural position. The writer is unalterably opposed to all vestiges of the old supernaturalism, with its distorted and rudimentary views of the universe, God, man and human life. He is equally cordial to any type of secular religion devoted to the cause of making this life here on earth more pleasant and worth while. Therefore, no person affiliated
with any form of religion which accepts modern scientific knowledge and works in harmony with science and aesthetics in the effort to promote the good life here on earth can logically dissent from the general tone and viewpoint of this book, however much he may differ as to
matters of detail and emphasis."

"That the passing of supernaturalism carries with it by implication and quite inevitably the disappearance of any legitimate function of religion among men no calm and informed observer would for a moment contend. He would merely hold that we now face an epoch of religious reconstruction the like of which the world has never before contemplated or experienced. Some writers have been pleased to compare the present age with the religious revolution of the later Roman Empire, but any such comparison is superficial and misleading. What happened in the later Roman Empire was the dissolution of the older state religions and the archaic religious philosophies and their replacement by other supernatural cults, the
process being accompanied by "a failure of nerve" and a growth of credulity and ignorance. Today, we have all forms of supernaturalism challenged by an ever greater body of irrefutable scientific facts. Our age is one which is characterized by the development of a secular and
critical orientation upon the part of the intellectual leaders. Fundamentalism, Catholic and Protestant, has burned its bridges behind it and it is only a matter of time until it must decay and disintegrate. What lies ahead is a field for the prophet and not for the historian and sociologist. While many scientists would vigorously dissent, the writer believes that a secularized social religion will prove very valuable, if not indispensable, in providing
social control for the future. It can be very useful in exploiting man's group emotions in support of just causes like the abolition of poverty and war and in cooperating with aesthetics to produce a better popular appreciation of the true and the beautiful in life."

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