The Relations Between Freedom and Responsibility in the Evolution of Democcratic Government

The Relations Between Freedom and Responsibility in the Evolution of Democcratic Government

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... of this view is manifested in the terrible frenzy and cruelty which, down to comparatively modern times, has characterized religious persecution. But the very observances which were adopted as a means for securing the authority of the priests over the tribe paved the way for occasional defiance of this authority. The fastings and ceremonies which strengthened the influence of the priesthood provided also a receptive audience for persons, within that priesthood or outside of it, who might believe themselves possessed of new revelations to communicate. If a man was placed in the condition where he would see the spirit of his grandfather, he was likely to see some other things not dreamed nor intended by those who brought him to this state. A time of frenzy gave every opportunity for an innovator to say things which at soberer times people would not have dared to listen to, and which he himself might not have dared to think. A man of oratorical temperament, who at other seasons would have been stoned to death as a blasphemer, might now be welcomed as a prophet. This was the beginning of liberty of teaching. Where the priests represented scientific conservatism, the prophets represented scientific progress. It is needless to say that there was none too much love between priests and prophets. The former would as a rule willingly have exterminated the latter. But over and over again it is related that "they feared the people. ' The new word which the prophet had uttered had received such a hearing that there was greater This was the one thing which gave progressive men and progressive views a fair chance. It was probably on this principle that the ancient Macedonians based their custom, which o impressed Herodotus, of never taking any...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236848462
  • 9781236848468