This two-volume was the result of almost 30 years of research after Dickson's 1869 lecture "The Battle-Fields of Science". It covers all fields of human history in the past centuries and explores the role that religion has played in it.
As it comes to no surprise, the influence of religion was - as Russell might have put it - nothing useful. In fact, the world would have been better off without it.
The Scottish poet and journalist Charles MacKay explores human folly and how and why people fall for all kinds of creeds and beliefs. He debunks fortune telling, alchemy, witch hunts, crusades, economic bubbles and fashions.
If there ever was a book that is truly timeless it must be Erasmus' Praise of Folly' - it's simply hilarious how he pokes around in human follies, tweaks and antics.
Written in 1912 this brief guide to the problems of philosophy is still a worthy read - and a beautiful one as that given Russell's fine style of writing.
A Free Man's Worship
Education And Discipline
Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization?
How to Become a Man of Genius
Icarus, or the Future of Science
Knowledge and Wisdom
On Israel and Bombing
On Modern Uncertainty
On Sales Resistance
On The Value of Scepticism
On Youthful Cynicism
Philosophical Consequences Of Relativity
The Bomb and Civilization
The Divorce between Science and 'Culture'
The Philosophy of Logical Analysis
The Theologian's Nightmare
The Twilight of Science
Understanding History and Other Essays
What is an Agnostic?
What Is the Soul?
Why I Am A Rationalist
Why I Am Not a Christian
Apart from the somewhat outdated socialist viewpoint this book still has its value in shedding some light on religion and religious institutions. While it seems amusing to view Jesus as a 'proletarian' the moloch that is religion today has all of the impertinence that Sinclair describes here.
Being an outstanding writer in both fiction and non-fiction, Herbert George Wells was a shining figure in literature. Raven's Bookshelf holds some of his fiction works which gave him - alongside Jules Verne - the title of a 'Father of Science Fiction'
The Time Machine
The Invisible Man (1897)
In the Days of the Comet (1906)
The War in the Air (1908)
The Country of the Blind (1911)
The Truth About Pyecraft (1943)
Sherlock Holmes - that's a life-long love story for me! The hero of my
childhood has lost nothing of his fascination and from time to time I still
read his adventures and mysteries as if I hadn't known them before.
But well - I just love this old-fashioned writing style!
A Study in Scarlet
The Sign of Four (1890)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1903)
The Valley of Fear (1914)
The Last Bow (1917)
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1925)
Other novels in here:
I hope you enjoy your visit - and keep on looking in now and then, I'll intend to add more and more to the Bookshelf!