Excerpt from The Note-Books of Samuel Butler In The Doctor's Dilemma there is a saucy reference to an unprofessional heretic who has views on art, science, morals and religion. Old Sir Patrick Cullen shocks the heretic's disciple by t even recognizing the name. Bernard Shaw? he ponders, I never heard of him. He's a Methodist preacher, I suppose. Louis is horrified. No, . He's the most advanced man w living: he isn't anything. The old doctor is t set back an inch. These advanced men who impress the young by employing the accumulations of genius - he kws them. I assure you, young man, he informs Louis, my father learnt the doctrine of deliverance from sin from John Wesley's own lips before you or Mr. Shaw were born. It is a pleasant thing to claim that the man you admire is advanced and to believe serenely that you are progressive along with him. It is also a convenient thing to employ such question-begging phrases as heterodox, radical, free-thinker, anarchist. The trouble with such phrases, indicative and exciting as they are, is their plain relativity to something reprehensible that only you yourself have in mind. The world is full of moss-grown places called Newtown and Newburg and Nykobing and Neuville. It is also full of moss-grown writers who once were advanced and revolutionary. If a writer is to be paraded as heterodox it has to be shown that he does something more than take up an agreeable position. It has to be shown that he has a manner, a method, of dealing with things that really deserve to be considered advanced. This is Samuel Butler's claim on posterity. The urgently intelligent son of a dull English clergyman, he certainly did t lack incentives to heterodoxy. Besides that he was born in 1835 and was one of the first of Darwin's admirers, as later he was one of the first of his critics. But there was more than reflex action in Samuel Butler's heterodoxy. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.