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The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Eye opening account about an incredible man.

    Robert Green Ingersoll was an extremely intelligent, kind, compassionate man. What this country needs today are more Robert Green Ingersoll's. As an agnostic, he was not afraid to speak the truth. For those who are open minded and even those who aren't, Susan Jacoby's account of his remarkable life is a must read. If you have any questions as to why our fore fathers believed that separation of church and state is so important to our constitution, Robert Green Ingersoll explains it all. If common sense and reason is your forte', you must read this book.

    After years of therapy, trying to figure out my purpose in this life, I finally discovered I had a right to be on this earth, and I had a right to be happy. Therefore, it was to my great delight when I read the following quote by Ingersoll that so coincided with my own belief:

    "Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so." .....
    Robert Green Ingersoll


    It's terrific!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013


    “While I am opposed to all orthodox creeds, I have a creed myself; and my creed is this. Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so. The creed is somewhat short, but it is long enough for this life, strong enough for this world. If there is another world, when we get there we can make another creed.—RGI”—page 70

    Little cleans the reading palette better than the lucid rhetoric of Robert G. Ingersoll.

    Following in the footsteps of Voltaire (1694-1778) and Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) was the unexcelled leader and champion of the freethought movement, in America, in the late nineteenth century. He is a superstar in my personal pantheon of heroes and I’m grateful to Susan Jacoby for sharing his story, and for advocating for his place in secular history. Her excellent biography: THE GREAT AGNOSTIC: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought, is a very worthwhile read.

    Recommendation: This is a must read.

    "We are the advocates of inquiry, of investigation and thought." page 15

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    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 31, 2013

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