To attack the king was treason; to dispute the priest was blasphemy. These robbers and these beggars controlled two worlds. The king made laws, the priest made creeds. Both obtained their authority from God, both were the agents of the infinite. With bowed backs the people carried the burdens of one, and with wonder’s open mouth received the dogmas of the other. If the people aspired to be free, they were crushed by the king, and every priest was a Herod, who slaughtered the children of the brain.
SUCCESSIONS AFTER DEATH. In the Lecture on Possession, I tried to show that the notion of possessing a right as such was intrinsically absurd. All rights are consequences attached to filling some […]
In the debate which followed this lecture, exception was taken by some of the speakers to the introduction of the religious question, and it was suggested that in attacking the Bible I had thrown down an apple of discord. I would point out that the raising of this question was not of my doing. Had the speakers known a little more of the subject, they would have been aware that the authority of the Bible is constantly brought forward as an argument against women’s rights, and had I avoided meeting this argument, I should have left out a link in my chain.
The subject of these lectures is the industrial and Agrarian
Revolution at the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the
nineteenth centuries. The course is divided into three parts. The
first deals with Adam Smith and the England of his time.
Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown, and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing—fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death.
Tagore law lectures The Tagore Law Lectures organized by the University of Calcutta (1870-1986) remain the most prestigious series of lectures in the field of law and represent the highest level of […]
Public lectures were produced by the Hamlyn Trust 1 1949 Freedom under the Law The Pt Hon Lord Denning 2 1950 The Inheritance of the Common Law Richard O’Sullivan 3 1951 The […]