Law is a formless mass of isolated decisions.
If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good.
Again, both literature and philosophy work by appealing to certain reigning idols.
If a philosophic theory is once ruled out of court, no one can tell when it will appear again.
To be sure, the vast majority of people who are untrained can accept the results of science only on authority.
Let philosophy resolutely aim to be as scientific as possible, but let her not forget her strong kinship with literature.
The picture which the philosopher draws of the world is surely not one in which every stroke is necessitated by pure logic.
Cruel persecution and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essense of religion, namely, its absolute claims.
Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essence of religion, namely, its absolute claims.
Literature and philosophy both allow past idols to be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly distressing to a sober scientist.