Mencken on religion


“For men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt. The more stupid the man, the larger his stock of adamantine assurances, the heavier his load of faith.”
― H.L. Mencken,

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

18 thoughts on “Mencken on religion

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    Hello Mak. Habari? I’ve recently discovered Austrian engineer-philosopher Robert Musil, though yet to get to grips with him. But it was a quotation that led me to him. ‘A ruling caste always remains slightly barbaric.’ It seems to cover all hierarchies – political, religious, social. Your Mencken quote made me think of it.

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    • makagutu says:

      Mzuri sana Tish, mambo vipi huko ulipo?

      I should look out for him. I like my philosophers old and probably dead.

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      • Tish Farrell says:

        Glad you are well, Mak, and thanks for asking – I am too, though a bit grubby and weary from the shamba. Musil is definitely dead – which is a great pity. He also wrote fiction, which is what piqued my particular interest in him, after I had heartily agreed with him about the barbaric elite.

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        • makagutu says:

          I found some of his work. It’s a pity most of what I saw is in German & my German has not even left the ground yet😀.
          When I see pictures of your farm, I want to go to the village and be a farmer

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          • Tish Farrell says:

            Farming? You can do that later when you’ve done creating fine buildings. My German also pretty non-existent. It’s annoying that one can’t stick a multi-language USB into one’s head.

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  2. Arkenaten says:

    A most excellent and very astute quote.

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  3. jim- says:

    Ooh that is a good one. And true! Adamantine is also a veneer. Perfect word.

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  4. I’m sure I said that before he did!

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  5. darn, no adamantium. Snikt.

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