About the Holy Bible

About the Holy Bible

by Robert G. Ingersoll
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About the Holy Bible by Robert G. Ingersoll

There are many millions of people who believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God -- millions who think that this book is staff and guide, counselor and consoler; that it fills the present with peace and the future with hope -- millions who believe that it is the fountain of law, Justice and mercy, and that to its wise and benign teachings the world is indebted for its liberty, wealth and civilization -- millions who imagine that this book is a revelation from the wisdom and love of God to the brain and heart of man -- millions who regard this book as a torch that conquers the darkness of death, and pours its radiance on another world -- a world without a tear.
They forget its ignorance and savagery, its hatred of liberty, its religious persecution; they remember heaven, but they forget the dungeon of eternal pain. They forget that it imprisons the brain and corrupts the heart. They forget that it is the enemy of intellectual freedom. Liberty is my religion. Liberty of hand and brain -- of thought and labor, liberty is a word hated by kings -- loathed by popes. It is a word that shatters thrones and altars -- that leaves the crowned without subjects, and the outstretched hand of superstition without alms. Liberty is the blossom and fruit of justice -- the perfume of mercy. Liberty is the seed and soil, the air and light, the dew and rain of progress, love and joy.

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BN ID: 2940011925733
Publisher: New Century Books
Publication date: 11/23/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 31 KB

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About the Holy Bible 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 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 Ingersoll wrote on biblical scholarship using information that was, even then, outdated.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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Ingersoll tells it like it is. He does not mince words. Yes, he was ahead of his time but he was courageous enough to tell the truth about a sacred myth. A myth that some Superpower called God made the world and everything in it. It was written by ignorant men who wanted to explain away the unknown by using mythology handed down by the Greeks and the Egyptians. The only thing new was that they consolidated many God's into one God and then gave him an illigetimate son. Historians , Archaeologist and theologians now know that the first words found written in the bible were not scribed until 150 years after the Alleged death of Jesus. If you ever played the game known as telephone in grade school, you know how ridiculous this sounds. There is no science, no record, no grave site and no proof that a man named Jesus ever existed. But the myth lives on because religion wants to keep it's coffers full and maintain it's power over ignorant people. Read Ingersoll, Read Sam Harris ,"Letter to a Christian Nation" and Richard Dawwkins ,"The God Delusion" to see the truth about religion.