Annie Besant: Contra Christianity.  Annie Besant

Annie Besant: Contra Christianity

By Annie Besant

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There is no doubt that the majority of people in most parts of the world & mdash;save in those in which Buddhism is supreme & mdash;believe in the existence of a God. The kind of God may vary indefinitely, but there is generally "some God or other ". Now a growing minority in every civilised country finds it intellectually impossible to make the affirmation which is necessary for belief in God, and this growing minority includes many of the most thoughtful and most competent minds. The refusal to believe is unfortunately not always public, so cruel is the vengeance worked by society on those who do not bow down to its fetishes; but as John Stuart Mill said: "The world would be astonished if it knew how great a proportion of its brightest ornaments & mdash;of those most distinguished even in popular estimation for wisdom and virtue & mdash;are complete sceptics in religion " ( "Autobiography, " p. 45).

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