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Religion and Science by Bertrand Russell
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Apr 20, 2010

it was amazing
Read from April 20 to 27, 2010

How delightful finally to have read Bertrand Russell. His wisdom is conveyed by an eloquence that reminded me of Mark Twain.

This book, written against the backdrop of the coming of the second world war, gives a history of the conflict between science and religion since the seventeenth century. In those days, claims Russell, churches were more prone to persecution of those with new knowledge than they are now.

In Russell's time, the Christian religion having dropped some of its bad habits from the past, dogma and persecution were taken over by newer religions and by the state, most notably in Russia and Germany.

The final sentence in this book is a thing of beauty:

"New truth is often uncomfortable, especially to the holders of power; nevertheless, amid the long record of cruelty and bigotry, it is the most important achievement of our intelligent but wayward species."

Here's to freedom of thought!
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