Return to the Top Lecture 1 - Religion and Neurology IT is with no small amount of trepidation that I take my place behind this desk, and face this learned audience. To us Americans, the experience of receiving instruction from the living voice, as well as from the books, of European scholars, is very familiar. At my own University of Harvard, not a winter passes without its harvest, large or small, of lectures from Scottish, English, French, or German representatives of the science or literature of their respective countries whom we have either induced to cross the ocean to address us, or captured on the wing as they were visiting our land. It seems the natural thing for us to listen whilst the Europeans talk.
Benjamin Franklin Like the other advocates of republicanismFranklin emphasized that the new republic could survive only if the people were virtuous in the sense of attention to civic duty and rejection of corruption.
All his life he had been exploring the role of civic and personal virtue, as expressed in Poor Richard's aphorisms. Although Franklin's parents had intended for him to have a career in the church, Franklin became disillusioned with organized religion after discovering Deism. As to Jesus of Nazarethmy Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupt changes, and I have, with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his divinity; tho' it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now, when I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth with less Trouble.
Thus he wrote Thomas Paine"If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it. The Church of England claimed him as one of them. The Presbyterians thought him half a Presbyterian, and the Friends believed him a wet Quaker.
He concludes that unlike most pure deists, Franklin believed that a faith in God should inform our daily actions, but that, like other deists, his faith was devoid of sectarian dogma.
Isaacson also discusses Franklin's conception that God had created beings who do interfere in wordly matters, a point that has led some commentators, most notably A.
Owen Aldridge, to read Franklin as embracing some sort of polytheism, with a bevy of lesser gods overseeing various realms and planets. Franklin's proposal featured a design with the motto: Franklin recalled the days of the Revolutionary War, when the American leaders assembled in prayer daily, seeking "divine guidance" from the "Father of lights.
Or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? According to the epitaph Franklin wrote for himself at the age of 20, it is clear that he believed in a physical resurrection of the body some time after death.
Whether this belief was held throughout his life is unclear. Elbridge Gerry [ edit ] Gerry was a graduate of Harvard Collegewhere he studied to be a doctor.
Instead, he worked in his father's shipping business and came to early prominence over his opposition to commerce taxes. He was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation.
He was one of the three men who refused to sign the Constitution because it did not have a Bill of Rights. While he was an Episcopalianfew details are known concerning Gerry's religious beliefs and convictions.
He was baptized in St. He was an Episcopalian and a Congregationalist ; however, few specifics are known concerning Gwinnett's religious beliefs and convictions. Lyman Hall [ edit ] Hall was a Congregationalist and studied theology.
His pastorate was a stormy one: Later, while governor of GeorgiaHall advocated the chartering of a state university, believing that education, particularly religious education, would result in a more virtuous citizenry.
John Hancock [ edit ] Hancock was a Congregationalist. His father and grandfather were both ministers of the gospel. His father is represented as a pious, industrious, and faithful pastor; a friend of the people, and a patron of learning. He died while Hancock was an infant, and he left him to the care of a paternal uncle.
While seemingly very religious, few specifics are recorded of concerning his personal beliefs and convictions.The Varieties of Human Experience by William James.
Library The Varieties of Human Experience by William James is a seminal New Though. A Study in Human Nature. Gifford Lectures on Natural Religion. Delivered at Edinburgh in and the description of man's religious constitution now fills the twenty lectures.
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When the church was a landholder their conduct was even more unwarrantable; every clerk installed in a new preferment was forced to pay a large sum downwhich in that age was considered a clear case of simony by all conscientious men.
In other words: When we go to church to hear the word of God, we go there to learn more about, to worship, Orpheus and Pythagoras. A Christian church is, in other words, a place, a sanctuary, for all who admire the achievements of the ancient Greek theologians to assemble. Ethiopia - Itm Scandinabian Impression, Dokyniels LAN, Trio Montmart, Nils Dorkey Trio The Three Little Pigs, Moira Butterfield At School, James Nixon Tricks, Scams and Practical Jokes, Geoff Tibballs Working Indie - The .