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Alfred North Whitehead

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In "Religion in the Making," by A. N. Whitehead... the approach is philosophical, and there are many interesting and valuable observations. But Dr. Whitehead occasionally indulges himself, like all metaphysicians, in what has a suspicious resemblance to nonsense.
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H. L. Mencken, Treatise on the Gods, "Biographical Note" 1930

 
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