“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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In he joined the staff of theā€¦ More about H. A year after publication the New York Times published another review, this one by Philip Wylie and accompanied by a caricature of Mencken by Thw. It included a translation of the Declaration of Independence into American English that began, “When things get so balled up that the people of a country got to cut loose from some other country, and go it on their own hook, without asking no permission from nobody, excepting maybe God Almighty, then they ought to let everybody know why they done it, so that everybody can see they are not trying to put nothing over on nobody.


Red pen underlined text. The second chapter covers how the first priests learn to keep their jobs after their rituals fail to divert natural disasters and disease. The Beggar and Other Stories.

Treatise On the Gods

Treatise on the Gods Snippet view – Light bruising at tips. There are descriptions of various heavens and hells, and of course Mencken spends more time detailing the terrors of each hell. Henry Louis Mencken was born in Baltimore in and remained a lifelong resident. Reading this last section and its ending will be a test of your mettle.

Treatise on the Gods by H.L. Mencken

Mencken also dedicates some pages to what he feels is an irreconcilable conflict between science and religion. The middle chapters are driven almost exclusively by academic research into religion.

Views Read Edit View history. Mencken was born in Baltimore in and died there in 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: Johns Hopkins University Press, Making of a CEO.


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No creasing to spine. Amazing treatise on the evolution of religion and brief history of the Christian Church.

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