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LAING (Samuel)
LAING (Samuel) Observations on the Social and Political State of the European People  in 1848 and 1849; being the Second Series of the Notes of a Traveller, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1850
xvi + 534 pp. roy.8vo, original cloth,
Samuel Laing (1812-1897) was a politician and a successful Railway Administrator. He represented the liberal Wick district in Parliament. His controversial views on Europe, and later on Science were generally positive towards new developments and he offered an optimistic vision of progressive modernity. On religion in his book A Modern Zoroastrian, he argued that the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism was more consistent with modern scientific thought than was traditional Christianity. He argued that the "all pervading principle of polarity" that was central Zoroastrian thought has been confirmed by science, and that modern Christianity should abandon its traditional theology to centre on the figure of Jesus as an ideal of humanity.

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