Robert Green Ingersoll Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899) was a lawyer, a Civil War veteran, political leader, and orator of United States during the Golden Age of Freethought, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of agnosticism. He was nicknamed "The Great Agnostic".
Robert Green Ingersoll This is a biographical book. Ladies and Gentlemen:—It so happened that the first speech—the very first public speech I ever made—took occasion to defend the memory of Thomas Paine. I did it because I had read a little something of the history of my country. I did it because I felt indebted to him for the liberty I then enjoyed—and whatever religion may be true, ingratitude is the blackest of crimes. And whether there is any God or not, in every star that shines, gratitude is a virtue. The man who will tell the truth about the dead is a good man, and for one, about this man, I intend to tell just as near the truth as I can. Most history consists in giving the details of things that never happened—most biography is usually the lie coming from the mouth of flattery, or the slander coming from the lips of malice, and whoever attacks the religion of a country will, in his turn, be attacked. Whoever attacks a superstition will find that superstition defended by all the meanness of ingenuity. Whoever attacks a superstition will find that there is still one weapon left in the arsenal of Jehovah—slander.
Robert Green Ingersoll Mr Blunden, an elderly solicitor, visits Mrs Allen, a widow who lives with her three children Jamie, Lucy and the baby, in Camden Town, London, England. He tells her that his firm are looking for a suitable person to act as a caretaker to an old, abandoned house in the country until such time as the descendants of the original owners can be traced. When Mrs Allen leaves the room to tend to her baby, Mr Blunden mentions to Jamie and Lucy that there are rumours that the old house is haunted but that ghosts can often appear as ordinary people, perhaps children like themselves, and that ghosts are often people in need of help. . . Jamie and Lucy confirm that they wouldn't be scared of ghosts that appeared in that form and would help, if they could. Before Mrs Allen returns, Mr Blunden leaves, giving Jamie an old, faded card for the firm Blunden, Blunden and Claverton, where Mrs Allen should call the next day to inquire about the post. The Allens visit the firm, which, surprisingly, is called Blunden, Claverton and Smith.
Robert Green Ingersoll EACH nation has created a god, and the god has always resembled his creators. He hated and loved what they hated and loved, and he was invariably found on the side of those in power. Each god was intensely patriotic, and detested all nations but his own. All these gods demanded praise, flattery, and worship. Most of them were pleased with sacrifice, and the smell of innocent blood has ever been considered a divine perfume. All these gods have insisted upon having a vast number of priests, and the priests have always insisted upon being supported by the people, and the principal business of these priests has been to boast about their god, and to insist that he could easily vanquish all the other gods put together.
These gods have been manufactured after numberless models, and according to the most grotesque fashions. Some have a thousand arms, some a hundred heads, some are adorned with necklaces of living snakes, some are armed with clubs, some with sword and shield, some with bucklers, and some have wings as a cherub; some were invisible, some would show themselves entire, and some would only show their backs; some were jealous, some were foolish, some turned themselves into men, some into swans, some into bulls, some into doves, and some into Holy Ghosts, and made love to the beautiful daughters of men. Some were married—all ought to have been—and some were considered as old bachelors from all eternity. Some had children, and the children were turned into gods and worshiped as their fathers had been. Most of these gods were revengeful, savage, lustful, and ignorant. As they generally depended upon their priests for information, their ignorance can hardly excite our astonishment.
These gods did not even know the shape of the worlds they had created, but supposed them perfectly flat Some thought the day could be lengthened by stopping the sun, that the blowing of horns could throw down the walls of a city, and all knew so little of the real nature of the people they had created, that they commanded the people to love them. Some were so ignorant as to suppose that man could believe just as he might desire, or as they might command, and that to be governed by observation, reason, and experience was a most foul and damning sin. None of these gods could give a true account of the creation of this little earth. All were wofully deficient in geology and astronomy. As a rule, they were most miserable legislators, and as executives, they were far inferior to the average of American presidents.
Robert Green Ingersoll A collection of overtly anti-religious essays by Robert Ingersoll, “The Great Agnostic.” Includes writings on the Pentauach, the different days of the week, Bacchus and Babel, the Hebrews, the plague, and more.
Robert Green Ingersoll Often considered one of the most important Freethinker texts, this 1881 publication examines the incongruities between reason and religion, as well as the damage caused by forcing children and the poor to rely on religion.
Robert Green Ingersoll A collection of essays on religion by Robert Ingersoll, known as “The Great Agnostic,” including the essays “Humboldt,” “Thomas Paine,” “Individuality,” “Heretics and Heresies,” and the title essay.
Robert Green Ingersoll Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) was an American politician and lecturer known for his adamant support of scientific and humanistic rationalism. He was a lawyer and Civil War veteran and turned to politics in 1867 as Illinois attorney general. He was known as “The Great Agnostic” for popularization of skepticism and scientific approach to Bible.
Ingressolia is a collection of gems, quotes and thoughts of Robert G. Ingresoll. In this work, he reflects and meditations on various topics and issues, from his own childhood on a farm to theomachy. This book gives an insight into a man whose views were way ahead of his time and who had become a precursor to modern atheism.
Robert Green Ingersoll Published in 1892, this volume by the American lawyer and Agnostic orator Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899), includes chapters on the role and creation of Gods in society, the philosophies of Humboldt and Paine, individuality, and heretics and heresies.
Robert Green Ingersoll A close look at the Christian Bible that aims to discredit claims of its divine authorship and inspiration through a careful, point-by-point analysis, from the so-called “Great Agnostic.”
Robert Green Ingersoll An excellent and thought-provoking work, here Ingersoll elucidates his beliefs regarding superstitions. He asserts that the popular ideas among people about some events or numbers being lucky or unlucky are superfluous. With logical arguments and opinions, he drives his point home in a beautiful manner.
Robert Green Ingersoll A short, laudatory address by famed American lawyer, political leader and orator Robert Ingersoll, concerning the entire course of Whitman’s life and praising the significance of his body of work.