Theism: Cosmic Theism, Or the Theism of Nature (Classic Reprint)

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Atheism is an ancient and epochal disease of the human mind; perhaps it might rather be said to be perennial. It springs forth spontaneously whenever there is any new devel 0pment in the advancing knowledge of humanity. Every new discovery, or speculation merely, which disturbs established ways of thinking, may seed acres of mind with atheistic thought. There are always multitudes in condition to be inoculated with the disease, and it is sure to break forth with violence. It is safe to say that its perennial root is the always-existing fact of ignorance and sensuality, and prevalent misconceptions of the character of God as the legitimate consequence.

Plato, reasoning against the atheism of his time, developed the fact that the then current atheism was rather a revolt against the gods, or vain superstitions of the age. The atheism of the renaissance, which threatened for a time to eradicate all religion from the world, was at first a mere protest against abuses of the idea of God intolerable to awakened reason. It carried over into absolute atheism, and drew forth thosewonderful treatises which finally cleared the mental atmos phere, and won a permanent victory for theism which abides to this time.

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