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McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955. Why I left the church - Image 30. 1912. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 24, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1058/show/1039.

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McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955. (1912). Why I left the church - Image 30. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1058/show/1039

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Title Why I left the church
Series Title Pamphlets for the million; no. 1
Creator (LCNAF)
  • McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Rationalist Press Association
Publisher Watts & Company
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London
Date 1912
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Catholic ex-priests
  • Personal narratives
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • McCabe, Joseph, 1867-1955
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 46 pages; 19 cm.
Original Item Location BX4668.3.M33A3 1912
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304505~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript 3o WHY I LEFT THE CHURCH often laid upon the fact that we are at all able to think about things spiritual; it is implied that matter, however elaborated, could not rise to such a level. But our ideas of the spiritual wrorld, like our ideas of the infinite, are negative in so far as they represent the immaterial : we abstract material characters and limitations from our ideas of objects, and they are spiritualised. And this powrer of abstraction, like the power of fusion or generalisation, no more postulates the spirituality of the principle of thought than does the power of reflection. Another argument that has become very popular is taken from the permanence or identity of consciousness at successive periods of life : it is here that science is supposed to give reluctant evidence in favour of the spiritualist philosophy. Science shows that within a comparatively brief period the entire matter of the organism is renewed; whence, then, triumphantly cries the psychologist, the identity of personal consciousness and the permanence of memory throughout so many transformations ? I remember vividly a scene of twenty years ago; every particle of the matter of my brain has been renewed since then : what has remained and retained the impression? The structure of the brain has remained; and, whatever be the obscurity of the physical basis of memory, it is certain that it depends upon changes made in the structure of cells, in a definite arrangement of their parts. And in the renewal of the matter of the brain the minutest structures are undisturbed—atom replaces atom with perfect fidelity. In the fossilisation of an animal, when the tissues are replaced by new