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Some Dogmas of Religion

Nature volume 127, page 480 (28 March 1931) | Download Citation



MESSES. Edward Arnold and Co. have done a valuable service in issuing a new and cheaper edition of the late Dr. Ellis McTaggart's famous book; with a delightful introduction by Dr. C. D. Broad. “Some Dogmas of Religion” has been long out of print (it was first published in 1906) and second-hand copies have been difficult to find and expensive to buy. Of this work Dr. Broad says: "In many respects it is a model of popular philosophical writing. It presupposes no knowledge of philosophy; it is written with admirable clarity, and abounds with apt and amusing illustrations; and it deals with problems which have interested almost all intelligent men in all ages."It was McTaggart who said that the man who has no religion cannot have a bad one; and it was he who expressed the hope that “a time may come when metaphysics may attain the same certainty in a higher sphere which is now often reached by science in a lower sphere”. It is well known that McTaggart managed to combine atheism with a belief in immortality and the Church of England. But he was what has become more rare nowadays: he was a serious thinker.

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