“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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He has a humanistic view of the probable rise of religion, conception of afterlives and visions of heaven and hell.

Treatise on the Gods

My copy of this used book through Amazon is missing about 30 pages, and another 30 are duplicated. His masterpiece was one of the few books he wrote about something he loved, a book called The American Languagea history and collection of American vernacular speech.

An Unused, unmarked and unblemished copy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I believe because it is incredible.

Treatise on the Gods

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. Johns Hopkins University Press.


Paper tanning Covers glossy, moderately edgeworn. Comprehensive review of religion and a complete demolition of it. Spine cracked at last numbered page. Happy DaysHeathen DaysNewspaper Day s, Prejud With a style that combined biting sarcasm with the “language of the free lunch counter,” Henry Louis Mencken shook politics and politicians for nearly half a century.

Treatise On the Gods

Mar 01, Kennedy rated it it was amazing. Whatever effect prayer has as a treatment for disease has been displaced by the highly effective means of scientific medicine. Read it Forward Read it first. The Future Is Female! Advanced Book Search Browse by Mencjen.

Treatise On the Gods by Mencken, H L

One disagreement with the book, I don’t think the bible as literature, is as quite as good as H. However, the reader will soon agree that this speculation is so well thought out and eloquently stated that it forms a very cogent proposition. Thee Conspiracy against the Human Race. Despite that, it is a very entertaining romp, full of pithy skewerings of pastors and priests.

Overall I loved it, and I look forward to menncken more Mencken. Blue Ribbon Books, Inc. Mencken is perhaps best known for his scathing political satire.


Dec 08, William Mann added it. Reprint of the “Second edition: The priest codifies a set of rules that he knows will be difficult to follow for most humans, and then invokes the breakage of said rules, anytime his rituals fail to provide favorable treatment by the gods.

The book was a complete surprise, deep and engaging.

Slight wear at spine. Mencken Limited preview – Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! Jul 03, Noah Stacy rated it really liked it Shelves: In mejcken respect the book at this point falls between two altars.

tbe There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Mencken details the mindset behind the true believer and how tribalism and lack of self-confidence play a large role. Abe Ropitini rated it really liked it Mar 01,