Wednesday, August 19, 2009

God and the State - Mikhail Bakunin

Revised Edition with a New Introduction

No, he is not the bad guy from Lost.

Real Bakunin, the Russian anarchist, anti-theologist and the writer of this famous phrase: "If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish Him."

I hope you like his highly intellectual work, God and the State.

An excerpt from the book:
"The Bible, which is a very interesting and here and there very profound book when considered as one of the oldest surviving manifestations of human wisdom and fancy, expresses this truth very naively in its myth of original sin. Jehovah, who of all the good gods adored by men was certainly the most jealous, the most vain, the most ferocious, the most unjust, the most bloodthirsty, the most despotic, and the most hostile to human dignity and liberty-Jehovah had just created Adam and Eve, to satisfy we know not what caprice; no doubt to while away his time, which must weigh heavy on his hands in his eternal egoistic solitude, or that he might have some new slaves. He generously placed at their disposal the whole earth, with all its fruits and animals, and set but a single limit to this complete enjoyment. He expressly forbade them from touching the fruit of the tree of knowledge. He wished, therefore, that man, destitute of all understanding of himself, should remain an eternal beast, ever on all-fours before the eternal God, his creator and his master. But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the fruit of knowledge."

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Makarios said...

Just another completely ignorant view on the nature of freedom.

BlindW@cher said...

Not ignorant as unsupported comments.

Andrew Clunn said...

On a serious note, when I first came to this blog I assumed that it was all about pushing a very particular brand of atheism. As I 've spent more time here, I came to realize that it was just the nature of the first posts that you made and that this site really is about media related to all forms of secular thought. I misjudged, I'm sorry.

Ash Tha God said...

Very nice post! I never thought I'd see it on this blog too. Reading Bakunin's "God and the State" is what made me finally come out and call myself an "atheist". And of course, Bakunin played a big part in my becoming an anarchist.
I suggest everyone who liked this to check out great thinkers like Peter Kropotkin, Max Stirner, Emma Goldman, and Errico Malatesta.

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