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Morality as a Religion: An Exposition of Some First Principles by W.R. Sullivan is an intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking philosophical work. In this book, Sullivan delves into the complex and often controversial topic of morality, presenting his argument for viewing morality as a form of religion.

One of the book's most compelling aspects is its audacity to challenge conventional religious notions. Sullivan argues that morality can provide individuals with the principles and framework necessary for leading a meaningful and virtuous life, comparable to what religions offer. He examines the similarities between traditional religious teachings and moral principles, suggesting that moral values hold a similar level of importance and influence in human life. Sullivan's ability to articulate this viewpoint in a coherent and persuasive manner is commendable.

Throughout the book, Sullivan embarks on a systematic exploration of various moral theories and philosophical ideas. Drawing from an array of sources, including religious texts, philosophical treatises, and societal norms, he constructs a compelling argument for morality's capacity to act as a guiding force in individuals' lives. By presenting examples and thought experiments, Sullivan prompts readers to engage critically and actively with the ideas proposed.

Another strength of the book is the clarity and accessibility of Sullivan's writing style. Despite dealing with complex philosophical concepts, Sullivan manages to convey his ideas in a manner that is understandable to a wide range of readers. His explanations are concise, well-structured, and supported by relevant examples, making it easier for readers to grasp and reflect upon the nuances of his arguments.

One of the book's few shortcomings is that, at times, it can be overly abstract and theoretical. Sullivan's extensive exploration of moral theories may seem overwhelming to readers who are not well-versed in philosophy. However, if readers approach the book with an open mind and are willing to delve into a more abstract realm of thought, they will undoubtedly find value in the richness of Sullivan's ideas.

Overall, Morality as a Religion: An Exposition of Some First Principles is a fascinating and thought-provoking read for anyone interested in exploring the intersection between morality, religion, and philosophy. Sullivan's articulate arguments and meticulous analysis shed light on profound questions about the nature of morality and its role in human life. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Sullivan's views, this book serves as a springboard for deep introspection and conversation, making it a valuable addition to philosophical literature.

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"Religion is Morality recognised as a Divine command." IMMANUEL KANT

"The mind of this age has fallen away from theology to morals. I conceive it an advance." EMERSON





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A recent work by M. Guyau was originally announced under the title of The Non Religion of the Future , and, doubtless, an impression is generally prevalent that, with the modification or disappearance of traditional forms of Belief, the fate of Religion itself is involved.

The present volume is a plea for a reconsideration of the Religious question, and an inquiry as to the possibility of reconstructing Religion by shifting its basis from inscrutable dogmas to the unquestionable facts of man's moral nature. It is now some fifty years since Emerson wrote that "the progress of Religion is steadily towards its identification with Morals," and foretold "a new Church founded on Moral Science . . . the Church of men to come". It is more than a century since the immortal Immanuel Kant startled Europe by the betrayal of the immensity of the emotion whereby the contemplation of "man's sense of law" filled his soul, shedding henceforth an unfading glory about the ideal of Duty and Virtue, and elevating it in the strictest sense to the supreme height of Religion... Continue reading book >>

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