Nineteenth Century Philosophy

John Stuart Mill

What was John Stuart Mill’s final assessment of religious belief?

Mill concluded that, given the evils of this world, it is impossible that there is a God who is both all powerful and loves humankind. He did think, though, that it was likely that there exists a less than omnipotent but nonetheless benevolent deity. Overall, Mill believed that human beings can control their happiness on Earth through improvements in education and social institutions. Still, he saw the utility of religion for some who modeled their own morality based on Jesus Christ’s teachings.


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