Single Idea 19625

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 8. Religion in Society]

Full Idea

To belong to a church uncertain of its god - after once imposing that god by fire and sword - should be the ideal of every detached mind.

Gist of Idea

The ideal is to impose a religion by force, and then live in doubt about its beliefs


E.M. Cioran (A Short History of Decay [1949], 1 'Felicity')

Book Reference

Cioran,E.M.: 'A Short History of Decay', ed/tr. Howard,Richard [Penguin 2010], p.84

A Reaction

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