Mr. Charles T. Gorham writes in the Literary Guide of February 1929:-

So great and so harmful are the excesses to which religion has given rise that one is sometimes tempted to regard religion as a disease. You never meet with a religionist who considers it a disease; he is like the consumptive who thinks he is in excellent health. And the more closely a man’s religion approaches to sanity the more likely will he be to treat its aberrations as due to the inborn depravity which we are supposed to have inherited because Adam and Eve sampled some forbidden fruit. Of course Adam and Eve never existed but those who believe they did seldom realize that our so called “first parents” seem to have had no particular religion before their “fall”; possibly they developed one afterwards. This may not mean that religion is an abnormal state of mind, for it must have existed long before the Garden of Eden was prepared for the unfortunate gardener who “lost his job” suddenly. Religion was a necessary outcome of the ignorance and the fear of the unknown which were everywhere manifested by primitive man. The modern student need not puzzle his head greatly as to whether religion is an innate or an acquired characteristic; he is concerned either with the extraordinary variety of the forms in which it has been manifested.

The tendency of religion to become fanatical may be explained by theologians to their own satisfaction, though by the lay mind the distinction is not readily grasped. Why should an instinct or impulse alleged to be divinely implanted so readily lend itself to ill-will, to violent and surly intolerance of other people’s opinions? The reason is that men feel strongly about religion, though why they should feel strongly on matters of which they know nothing or very little is a conundrum for the psychologist. This combination of strong with invincible ignorance has been the bane and the disgrace of religion. Reason is the sole antidote, and, so far, the human race as a whole has not shown any remarkable power of reasoning or any particular desire to possess it.

- Revolt, 13 February 1929

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