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Satires and Profanities

James Thomson (1834-1882)

1. 00 - Preface by G. W. Foote
2. 01 - The Devil in the Church of England
3. 02 - Religion in the Rocky Mountains
4. 03 - The Story of a Famous Old Jewish Firm
5. 04 - Christmas Eve in the Upper Circles
6. 05 - Heine on an Illustrious Exile with Something About Whales
7. 06 - The Daily News
8. 07 - Jesus: As God, As a Man
9. 08 - The One Thing Needful
10. 09 - The Swinburne Controversy
11. 10 - Great Christ is Dead
12. 11 - Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus
13. 12 - Some Muslim Laws and Beliefs
14. 13 - The Christian World and the Secularist
15. 14 - The Athanasian Creed
16. 15 - Our Obstructions
17. 16 - Mr. Kingsley's Convertites
18. 17 - The Primate on the Church and the World
19. 18 - Spiritism in the Police Court
20. 19 - A Commission of Inquiry on Royalty
21. 20 - Draft
22. 21 - A Bible Lesson on Monarchy
23. 22 - Principal Tulloch on Personal Immortality
24. 23 - The Established Church

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"Believing as I do that James Thomson is, since Shelley, the most brilliant genius who has wielded a pen in the service of Freethought, I take a natural pride and pleasure in rescuing the following articles from burial in the great mausoleum of the periodical press. There will doubtless be a diversity of opinion as to their value. One critic, for instance, has called “The Story of a Famous Old Jewish Firm” a witless squib; but, on the other hand, the late Professor Clifford considered it a piece of exquisite mordant satire worthy of Swift. Such differences are inevitable from the very nature of the subject. Satire, more than any other form of composition, rouses antipathy where it does not command applause; and the greater the satire, the more intense are the feelings it excites." (G. W. Foote in his Preface)