david hume's essays moral and political 1742

been free from the yoke of ecclesiastics, and have expressed great independence of devotion; with a contempt of forms, ceremonies, and traditions. Anthony Quinton, Hume (Routledge, 1999 donald. External links edit Retrieved from " ").

We learn from english history, that, during the civil wars, the independents and deists, though the most opposite in their religious principles; yet were united in their political ones, and were alike passionate for a commonwealth. The Levellers was the name given to a radical egalitarian party in England under the Commonwealth, which opposed Cromwell's regime on theground that it did not truly break with aristocracy. Grose (Longmans, Green, ). As superstition groans under the dominion of priests, and enthusiasm is destructive of all ecclesiastical power, this sufficiently accounts for the present observation.

As these enemies are entirely invisible and unknown, the methods taken to appease them are equally unaccountable, and consist in ceremonies, observances, mortifications, sacrifices, presents, or in any practice, however absurd or frivolous, which either folly or knavery recommends to a blind and terrified credulity. This allows to link your profile to this item. As superstition is founded on fear, sorrow, and a depression of spirits, it represents the man to himself in such despicable colours, that he appears unworthy, in his own eyes, of approaching the divine presence, and naturally has recourse to any other person, whose sanctity. George Dicker, Hume's Epistemology and Metaphysics: An Introduction (Routledge, 1998). In short, this observation is founded in experience; and will also appear to be founded in reason, if we consider, that, as enthusiasm arises from a presumptuous pride and confidence, it thinks itself sufficiently qualified to approach the Divinity, without any human mediator.