For a doctrine which is able to maintain itself not in clear light, but only in the dark, will of necessity lose its effect on mankind, with incalculable harm to human progress.In their struggle for the ethical good, teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the doctrine of a personal God, that is, give up that source of fear and hope which in the past placed such vast powers in the hands of priests.
Whilst you are proclaiming peace and good will to men, emancipating all nations, you insist upon retaining an absolute power over wives.
But you must remember that arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken--and notwithstanding all your wise laws and maxims we have it in our power not only to free ourselves but to subdue our masters, and without violence throw both your natural and legal authority at our feet.
I hope it will not be irreverent of me to say that if it is probable that God would reveal his will to others on a point so connected with my duty, it might be supposed he would reveal it directly to me.
The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons.
Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
But I am persuaded that such behavior on the part of the representatives of religion would not only be unworthy but also fatal.It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. It is acquired wisdom and experience only that teach incredulity, and they very seldom teach it enough. It can only reside and inhere in a single individual. She kind of lives this with me, and it's a terrific feeling. Computer literacy is a contact with the activity of computing deep enough to make the computational equivalent of reading and writing fluent and enjoyable.We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own neccessities but of their advantages. You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may disclaim it, but you cannot divest yourself of it. As in all the arts, a romance with the material must be well under way.Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. [Be it resolved] that all women, of whatever age, rank, profession, or degree; whether virgin maids or widows; that shall after the passing of this Act, impose upon and betray into matrimony any of His Majesty's male subjects, by scents, paints, cosmetics, washes, artificial teeth, false hair, Spanish wool, iron stays, hoops, high-heeled shoes, or bolstered hips, shall incur the penalty of the laws now in force against witchcraft, sorcery, and such like misdemeanours, and that the marriage, upon conviction, shall stand null and void.I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. For John Caputo, hermeneutics means radical thinking without transcendental justification: attending to the ruptures and irregularities in existence before the metaphysics of presence has a chance to smooth them over.