Author: Aldous Huxley. Date first posted: Sep. 11, wiser, more conducive to a quiet life, to leave Loudon and start afresh in some other parish? Grandier. HUXLEY’S MASTERPIECE AND PERHAPS THE MOST ENJOYABLE BOOK ABOUT SPIRITUALITY EVER WRITTEN..” — Washington Post Book WorldAldous. Note. In this short text, Aldous Huxley puts forward the hypothesis that the evils we ascribe to religious intolerance and obscurantism are instead a product of.

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In every case, of course, what seems a god is actually a devil, what seems a liberation is in fact an enslavement. Conspicuous among these is the temptation to acquire power by pandering to men’s insatiable craving for downward self-transcendence.

Too hard on the past, they were at huxldy same time too complacent about their present and far too optimistic in regard to the future – to us!

By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. Once found guilty he was forced to admit his guilt within the final minutes of his life.

It can be brought about through self-identification with any human activity, from running a business to research in nuclear physics, from composing music to collecting stamps, from campaigning for political office to educating children or studying the mating habits of birds. Husley does make references to his ideas and values but they are not essential to his conclusion. From the savagely obscene and the gracefully pornographic there is an easy modulation to Rabelaisian fun and the smoking-room joke.

It is the Universe equated with the words of our utilitarian vocabulary. Consider, for example, the way of rhythmic movement. The ways of rhythmic movement and of rhythmic sound are alldous superimposed, so to speak, upon the way of herd-intoxication. Meanwhile, new and previously undreamed-of devices for exciting mobs have been invented. At the time I first read this work I was also researching a paper on chur I first read this book in high school and it made a great impression on me.

Huxley does not overtly bash religion, but turns a cynical eye on the actions of not only the priests, nuns, and exorcists, but also of the population in general whether the poor inhabitants of Loudun or wealthy and influential of other cities.


To ask other readers questions about The Devils of Loudunplease sign up. Excellent book – occasionally gets “into the weeds. Mar 29, Laurabean rated it it was amazing.

The book, though lesser known than Huxley’s other novels such as Brave New Worldloudpn widely considered one of his best works.

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That there was this flash of intelligent thinking about the world in this book, and that somehow it’s been neglected, that the conversation went in some other direction, and we’ve been in darkness ever since.

The constant reiteration of the same word or phrase frequently brings on a state of light or even profound trance. Is it debils exercize in revenge as Grandier’s persecutors go mad one by one?

I never thought one could tell this story in such a dry, dull, monotone way as Aldous Huxley did. Writing after World War II, amid the Red Scare, Huxley explores the texture of life in the early modern era while drawing implicit parallels to his own day. Such charms and spells are common to every nation and country, and are practiced by the priests and people of every religion.

Alxous the attractiveness of the churches declines, so also does their influence, so do their wealth, their political power and, along with these, their capacity for doing evil on a large scale. At Oneida elementary sexuality was not only successfully civilized; it was made compatible with, and subordinate to, a form of Protestant Christianity, sincerely preached and earnestly acted upon. Any benefit you gain from reading these notes is purely incidental to the purpose they serve of reminding me what I once read.

Alcohol is but one of the many drugs employed by human beings as avenues of escape from the insulated self. Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience There are long, historical sections as well as treatises on the mind of the average citizen of France or the world, for that matter at the time.


Instances of crowd-delirium culminating in gratuitous destructiveness, in ferocious self-mutilation, in fratricidal savagery without purpose and against the elementary interests of all concerned, are to be met with on almost every page of the anthropologists’ textbooks and – a little less frequently, but still with dismal regularity – in the histories of even the most highly civilized peoples.

He examines the evidence offered in the trial in light of that standard. But crowd-delirium aroused by government agents, crowd-delirium in the name of orthodoxy is an entirely different matter. The damaging and hysterical testimony of the Mother Superior in particular, was born of the severe sexual, political, and societal constraints placed on women at the time.

The Devils of Loudun

Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. Ecstasy through intoxication is still an essential part of the religion of many African, South American and Polynesian peoples. Without it, there would be no art, no science, no law, no philosophy, indeed no civilization. Huxley is an excellent expository writer at times a little pedantic and the book provides a wealth of information on French society of the loudoon 17th Louxon.

Huxley made a deep survey into the theology of the day of the trial. In Communist Russia, in Fascist Italy, in Nazi Germany, the exploiters of humanity’s fatal taste for herd-poison have followed an identical course. Otherwise, just appreciate the way Huxley weaves his thorough understanding of history, philosophy, and religion through this book.

There is the loudspeaker, amplifying and indefinitely reduplicating the heady music of class-hatred and thhe nationalism. But you cannot oversimplify without alfous the facts.

Maybe the edition I read is difficult to find in America. But, strangely enough, he never wrote at any length about this beatific vision of the Absolute in the relative.