About the Holy Bible

About the Holy Bible

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by Robert G. Ingersoll
     
 

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The words 'blasphemy', 'evil' and 'pagan' were hurled at Robert Ingersoll by the organized Christian Church from the moment he made his first declaration from the pulpit. And, in spite of their unanimous rejection, his words live on through today. As shown in this text his prose was terse, biting, cutting and slightly arrogant for he felt it was his…  See more details below

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The words 'blasphemy', 'evil' and 'pagan' were hurled at Robert Ingersoll by the organized Christian Church from the moment he made his first declaration from the pulpit. And, in spite of their unanimous rejection, his words live on through today. As shown in this text his prose was terse, biting, cutting and slightly arrogant for he felt it was his purpose to bring the sacred scriptures into the glare of a more realistic realm. Deemed as being written hundreds of years after the fact, he saw the Bible as being nothing more than an exhaggerated series of folk tales that were handed down by a handful of people who, for their own unity and importance, self-proclaimed themselves as being 'God's chosen ones'. While Mr. Ingersoll offers no scientific proof that his statements have validity (other than simple common sense) he asks the questions that have triggered the doubt and anger that religionists have repressed throughout the centuries. From Galileo though Darwin through Ingersoll and on to Richard Dawkins, all have the following premises; Truth is found only through active questioning; Faith is generally believing something that has no basis in reality. "Liberty is my religion. Liberty of hand and brain -- of thought and labor, liberty is a word hated by kings -- loathed by popes."

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ISBN-13:
9781627935425
Publisher:
Start Classics
Publication date:
10/23/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
44
Sales rank:
303,372
File size:
166 KB

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About the Holy Bible 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PaulBadger More than 1 year ago
Picking up Ingersoll's book and knowing his reputation as one of the early atheist writers, you expect it to be on par with Sam Harris or perhaps David Mills. It is not. It is very much a product of the late 19th century. There is much in it that we now understand to be false. Ingersoll wrote on biblical scholarship using information that was, even then, outdated. Read this as a historical snapshot of where atheism was at the time, but do not read it expecting literary or intellectual gold. It is a period piece, nothing more.
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