Church and State and Other Essays

Church and State and Other Essays : Including Money; Man and Woman; Their Respective Functions; The Mother; A Second Supplement to the Kreutzer Sonata (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Church and State and Other Essays: Including Money; Man and Woman; Their Respective Functions; The Mother; A Second Supplement to the Kreutzer Sonata How, why, what may compel me to demand from anybody that he shall manifest his truth absolutely as I do? Compel him to change his faith I cannot; either by violence, cunning, or deception. (false miracles.) Faith in his life, - how then can I take away his faith and give him another? It is like tak ing his heart out and putting another in. I can do it only if faith, his as well as mine, is words, and not that whereby he lives; if our faith is an excrescence, not the heart. Another reason why this cannot be done is that it is impossible to force a man to believe that which he does not believe, - that is, to fill his relation to God, - and because he who knows that faith is the relation of man to God cannot wish to determine the relations of an other man to God through force or fraud. This is impossible, but it is done and has been done everywhere and always; that is, it could not be done, since it is impossible, but something is being done and has been done that is very much like it. What is being done and has been done is the imposing by some on others the likeness of faith, and the acceptance of this likeness of faith by the others, - like ness of faith, - that is, the delusion of faith. Faith cannot impose itself, and cannot be adopted for the sake of anything, - violence, deception, or utility; and hence it is not faith, but the delusion of faith. And this delusion of faith is the ancient condition of the life of humanity. In what, then, does this delusion consist, and on what is it founded? What produces it in the deceivers, and what sustains it in the deceived? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10mm | 263g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
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  • 0243239750
  • 9780243239757