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By Robert G. Ingersoll

The phrases 'blasphemy', 'evil' and 'pagan' have been hurled at Robert Ingersoll by means of the geared up Christian Church from the instant he made his first assertion from the pulpit. And, inspite of their unanimous rejection, his phrases continue to exist via this present day. As proven during this textual content his prose was once 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 life like realm. Deemed as being written hundreds and hundreds of years after the very fact, he observed the Bible as being not anything greater than an exhaggerated sequence of folks stories that have been passed down by means of a handful of people that, for his or her personal solidarity 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 good judgment) he asks the questions that experience prompted the doubt and anger that religionists have repressed through the centuries. From Galileo although Darwin through...

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And we know that Ecclesiastes was written by an unbeliever. We know, too, that the Jews themselves had not decided as to what books were inspired -- were authentic -- until the second century after Christ. We know that the idea of inspiration was of slow growth, and that the inspiration was determined by those who had certain ends to accomplish. II IS THE OLD TESTAMENT INSPIRED? If it is, it should be a book that no man -- no number of men -- could produce. It should contain the perfection of philosophy.

In this miracle the world, turning from west to east at the rate of more than a thousand miles an hour, is not only stopped, but made to turn the other way until the shadow on the dial went back ten degrees! Is there in the whole world an intelligent man or woman who believes this impossible falsehood? Jeremiah contains nothing of importance -- no facts of value; nothing but fault-finding, lamentations, croakings, wailings, curses and promises; nothing but famine and prayer, the prosperity of the wicked, the ruin of the Jews, the captivity and return, and at last Jeremiah, the traitor, in the stocks and in prison.

Their leader was Moses, a man who had been raised in the family of Pharaoh and had been taught the law and mythology of Egypt. For the purpose of controlling his followers he pretended that he was instructed and assisted by Jehovah, the God of these wanderers. Everything that happened was attributed to the interference of this God. Moses declared that he met this God face to face; that on Sinai's top from the hands of this God he had received the tables of stone on which, by the finger of this God, the Ten Commandments had been written, and that, in addition to this, Jehovah had made known the sacrifices and ceremonies that were pleasing to him and the laws by which the people should be governed.

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