The Summing Up, LXIX

This chapter might be the single best one in the book and the one I have the least interest in. It’s about Maugham’s agnosticism. He goes over the various reasons he’s been told—by philosophers, not people—to believe in God and he rejects their various theories. He doesn’t bring any personal experiences in, he just examines the arguments and dismisses them. Sometimes they get dismissed for being illogical, sometimes they’re just too silly, sometimes they’re both. It’s a thorough, reasoned chapter—maybe the longest in the book. He’s not trying to convince anyone or even himself. He’s just laying it out. Though his adulation of the ancient civilizations is somewhat questionable.

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