Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality?

A Lecture Delivered Before the Independent Religious Society, Chicago

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,276 / 36 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.1
Downloads: 4,841
Added to site: 2012.09.19
mnybks.net#: 31464
Genre: Philosophy
Excerpt

yourself."

It will be seen by what has preceded, that Prof. James of Harvard University, throws the weight of his influence on the side of those who have always maintained that God and immortality are indispensable to the happiness of man. In his opinion, what a man would be if deprived of his reason, the universe would be if deprived of a God, and life, of a future existence. The eminent psychologist takes the further position that it is immaterial whether or not there is any evidence to prove the existence of a God or of a life after death. If the belief is essential to our happiness and usefulness, he thinks we have got the right to entertain it, irrespective of the question of evidence. "If there is a belief of any kind to which you have taken a special fancy, or one that you feel like crying for," the professor seems to say, "help yourself to it; you have only yourself to suit." Even if such a belief should involve an element of risk, we are urged to take the risk. If it requires audacity even to

Reviews

Average Rating of 1 from 1 reviews: *
2013.01.22
C. Alan Loewen
*....

Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian (1859–1943) was an American rationalist and secularist of Armenian decent. Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality? is a lecture delivered he delivered in 1910, twenty-five years after he abandoned his ordination in the Presbyterian church for what he called Rationalism.

Not an atheist, Mangasarian became an agnostic and an advocate of Epicureanism.

There is little of merit in this essay. Even though educated at Princeton, his ignorance of various Christian doctrines such as the problem of evil and definitions of basic words such as faith and sin show a surprisingly shallow understanding. Sensible people, whether rationalists or metaphysicians, will balk at his comment that non-white races don't commit suicide as they are not intelligent enough to understand existential despair or that physically healthy Rationalists are only those capable of experiencing true happiness (and Mangasarian's definition of happiness is amazingly shallow).

Best to look elsewhere except for those interested in historical pieces of philosophy.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality? by Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian - Free eBook

Valkyrie's Vengeance

Loki's Wolves Book 0
Melissa Snark

Fans of paranormal and urban fantasy will enjoy... Read more

Cover image for Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality? by Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian - Free eBook

The Titan Drowns: Time Travel Romance

New Atlantis Time Travel Romance Book 6
Nhys Glover

2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER

"Heroism and... Read more

Cover image for Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality? by Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian - Free eBook

Helga: Out of Hedgelands

Wood Cow Chronicles Book 1
Rick Johnson

VOLUME ONE in the WOOD COW CHRONICLES series. <... Read more

Cover image for Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality? by Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian - Free eBook

Mademoiselle At Arms

A Georgian Romance
Elizabeth Bailey

Set in the late Georgian era, Elizabeth Bailey’... Read more

Cover image for Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality? by Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian - Free eBook

The Tales of Tim Hurtletuta - New Beginnings

Tales of Tim Hurtletuta Series, Book 1
Matthew James Wilkins

"Tim Hurtletuta has forgotten something. He can... Read more

Cover image for Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality? by Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian - Free eBook

Chausiku

Nightmare of the Clans Book One
Pamela E. Cash

There are six secret clans across the world–Afr... Read more

Cover image for Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality? by Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian - Free eBook

After the Cure

Deirdre Gould

Eight years ago the December Plague swept throu... Read more

Cover image for Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality? by Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian - Free eBook

The Unveiling

Book One (Age of Faith 1)
Tamara Leigh

12th century England: Two men vie for the thron... Read more

Cover image for Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality? by Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian - Free eBook

Healing Her Heart

Crystal Lake Series Book 1
Laura Scott

Dr. Gabe Allen has a rule about dating colleagues... Read more

Cover image for Is Life Worth Living Without Immortality? by Mangasar Magurditch Mangasarian - Free eBook

Never A Choice

The Choices Trilogy #1
Dee Palmer

Bethany Thorne has secrets and she’s told a few... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
The Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The Age of Reason
by Thomas Paine
Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius
The Analysis of Mind
by Bertrand Russell
The Prince
by Nicolo Machiavelli
As a Man Thinketh
by James Allen
The Pilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan

See more popular titles from this genre.