By Robert G. Ingersoll
The arguable and extraordinary agnostic manifesto.
The phrases `blasphemy', `evil' and `pagan' have been hurled at Robert Ingersoll by means of the prepared Christian Church from the instant he made his first assertion from the pulpit. And, even with their unanimous rejection, his phrases live to tell the tale via this day. As proven during this textual content his prose used to be terse, biting, slicing and a bit smug for he felt it was once his goal to carry the sacred scriptures into the glare of a extra lifelike realm. Deemed as being written countless numbers of years after the actual fact, he observed the Bible as being not anything greater than an exhaggerated sequence of people stories that have been passed down by way of a handful of people that, for his or her personal team spirit and value, self-proclaimed themselves as being `God's selected ones'. whereas Mr. Ingersoll bargains no medical facts that his statements have validity (other than basic logic) he asks the questions that experience caused the doubt and anger that religionists have repressed in the course of the centuries. From Galileo notwithstanding Darwin via Ingersoll and directly to Richard Dawkins, all have the next premises; fact is located in simple terms via lively wondering; religion is mostly believing whatever that has no foundation in truth.
"Liberty is my faith. Liberty of hand and mind -- of proposal and hard work, liberty is a observe hated by means of kings -- loathed by way of popes."
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Why did he not write a creed? Why did he not break the chains of slaves? Why did he not say that the Old Testament was or was not the inspired word of God? Why did he not write the New Testament himself? Why did he leave his words to ignorance, hypocrisy and chance? Why did he not say something positive, definite and satisfactory about another world? Why did he not turn the tear-stained hope of heaven into the glad knowledge of another life? Why did he not tell us something of the rights of man, of the liberty of hand and brain?
The people grew worse and worse, until the merciful Jehovah sent the flood and drowned all the people except Noah and his family, eight in all. Then he started again, and changed their diet. At first Adam and Eve were vegetarians. After the flood Jehovah said: "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you" -- snakes and buzzards. Then he failed again, and at the Tower of Babel he dispersed and scattered the people. Finding that he could not succeed with all the people, he thought he would try a few, so he selected Abraham and his descendants.
Intelligent people no longer believe in witches, wizards, spooks and devils, and they are perfectly satisfied that every word in the New Testament about casting out devils is utterly false. Can we believe that Christ raised the dead? A widow living in Nain is following the body of her son to the tomb. Christ halts the funeral procession and raises the young man from the dead and gives him back to the arms of his mother. This young man disappears. He is never heard of again. No one takes the slightest interest in the man who returned from the realm of death.