The Great Agnostic

The Great Agnostic
Author: Susan Jacoby
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2014-02-01
ISBN: 9780300205787
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great Agnostic Book Excerpt:

A biography that restores America's foremost 19th-century champion of reason and secularism to the still contested 21st-century public square.

The Great Agnostic

The Great Agnostic
Author: Susan Jacoby
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-01-08
ISBN: 0300188927
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great Agnostic Book Excerpt:

“Jacoby writes with wit and vigor, affectionately resurrecting a man whose life and work are due for reconsideration” (The Boston Globe). During the Gilded Age, which saw the dawn of America’s enduring culture wars, Robert Green Ingersoll was known as “the Great Agnostic.” The nation’s most famous orator, he raised his voice on behalf of Enlightenment reason, secularism, and the separation of church and state with a power unmatched since America’s revolutionary generation. When he died in 1899, even his religious enemies acknowledged that he might have aspired to the US presidency had he been willing to mask his opposition to religion. To the question that retains its controversial power today—was the United States founded as a Christian nation?—Ingersoll answered an emphatic no. In this provocative biography, Susan Jacoby, author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, restores Ingersoll to his rightful place in an American intellectual tradition extending from Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine to the current generation of “new atheists.” Jacoby illuminates the ways in which America’s often-denigrated and forgotten secular history encompasses issues, ranging from women’s rights to evolution, as potent and divisive today as they were in Ingersoll’s time. Ingersoll emerges in this portrait as an indispensable public figure who devoted his life to that greatest secular idea of all—liberty of conscience belonging to the religious and nonreligious alike. “Jacoby’s goal of elucidating the life and work of Robert Ingersoll is admirably accomplished. She offers a host of well-chosen quotations from his work, and she deftly displays the effect he had on others. For instance: after a young Eugene V. Debs heard Ingersoll talk, Debs accompanied him to the train station and then—just so he could continue the conversation—bought himself a ticket and rode all the way from Terre Haute to Cincinnati. Readers today may well find Ingersoll’s company equally entrancing.” —Jennifer Michael Hecht, The New York Times Book Review

Sixty five Press Interviews with Robert G Ingersoll

Sixty five Press Interviews with Robert G  Ingersoll
Author: Robert Green Ingersoll
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 150
Release: 1999
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Free thought
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Why I Am an Agnostic

Why I Am an Agnostic
Author: Robert Ingersoll
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 68
Release: 2013-01-08
ISBN: 9781481938891
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why I Am an Agnostic Book Excerpt:

"For 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.This creed is somewhat short, but is long enough for this life; long enough for this world. If there is another world, when we get there we can make another creed. But this creed certainly will do for this life."Robert G. Ingersoll Freethought flowered in the United States in the latter half of the 19th century, and its best known advocate was Robert Green Ingersoll, a lawyer and Civil War officer, who travelled the continent for 30 years, speaking to capacity audiences. Although his repertoire included lectures on Shakespeare, Voltaire and Burns, the largest crowds turned out to hear him denounce the bible, and religion. As outspoken in his day as Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens are today, ROBERT GREEN INGERSOLL (1833-1899) was a notorious radical whose uncompromising views on religion and slavery, women's suffrage, and other contentious matters of his era made him a wildly popular forward thinking orator and critic of American culture and public life. Legendary as a speaker - he memorized his speeches and could talk for hours without notes - and as a proponent of freethought, Ingersoll is an American original whose words still ring with truth and power today.

Some Mistakes of Moses

Some Mistakes of Moses
Author: Robert Green Ingersoll
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 286
Release: 1986
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Some Mistakes of Moses Book Excerpt:

Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-99), the "Great Agnostic," was the greatest freethought orator in the history of the United States. No public speaker before or since has enjoyed the reputation accorded him. After the Civil War, Ingersoll embarked upon a career as a lecturer, touring the United States to make his thoughts on religion, women's rights, and humanism known to all. Some Mistakes of Moses, one of the most popular of these lectures, is a critical examination of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). Ingersoll passionately believed that the alleged divine origins of the Bible were not sufficient reason for a suspension of critical judgement. His diatribe against Old Testament religion is a call for rationality, a quality sorely missing in this time of political upheaval in the world in the name of religion. Ingersoll greatly feared that when the Bible was read as truth rather than as a collection of fables, mankind would destroy itself in its attempt to follow the teachings of Moses to the letter. Ingersoll fervently believed that the most important belief one can have is belief in man. "Theology is a superstition - Humanity is a religion" - this was the credo of Robert G. Ingersoll. Now, a new generation of readers can thrill to Ingersoll's brilliant and witty rhetoric, just as great thinkers Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Eugene V. Debs, and others did almost one hundred years ago.

Why Am I an Agnostic

Why Am I an Agnostic
Author: Robert Green Ingersoll
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 24
Release: 1900
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Agnosticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Freethinkers

Freethinkers
Author: Susan Jacoby
Publsiher: Metropolitan Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2005-01-07
ISBN: 1429934751
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Freethinkers Book Excerpt:

An authoritative history of the vital role of secularist thinkers and activists in the United States, from a writer of "fierce intelligence and nimble, unfettered imagination" (The New York Times) At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful defense of the secularist heritage that gave Americans the first government in the world founded not on the authority of religion but on the bedrock of human reason. In impassioned, elegant prose, celebrated author Susan Jacoby paints a striking portrait of more than two hundred years of secularist activism, beginning with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the Constitution. Moving from nineteenth-century abolitionism and suffragism through the twentieth century's civil liberties, civil rights, and feminist movements, Freethinkers illuminates the neglected accomplishments of secularists who, allied with liberal and tolerant religious believers, have stood at the forefront of the battle for reforms opposed by reactionary forces in the past and today. Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Clarence Darrow—as well as once-famous secularists such as Robert Green Ingersoll, "the Great Agnostic"—Freethinkers restores to history generations of dedicated humanists. It is they, Jacoby shows, who have led the struggle to uphold the combination of secular government and religious liberty that is the glory of the American system.

About the Holy Bible

About the Holy Bible
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 58
Release: 2020-02-03
ISBN: 9781774411612
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

About the Holy Bible Book Excerpt:

About the Holy Bible is a classic bible history text by Robert G. Ingersoll. Somebody ought to tell the truth about the Bible. The preachers dare not, because they would be driven from their pulpits. Professors in colleges dare not, because they would lose their salaries. Politicians dare not. They would be defeated. Editors dare not. They would lose subscribers. Merchants dare not, because they might lose customers. Men of fashion dare not, fearing that they would lose caste. Even clerks dare not, because they might be discharged. And so I thought I would do it myself. 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. -Robert G. Ingersoll

The Works of Robert G Ingersoll Volume II

The Works of Robert G  Ingersoll Volume II
Author: Robert Ingersoll
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 172
Release: 2016-07-13
ISBN: 9781535228916
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Works of Robert G Ingersoll Volume II Book Excerpt:

Volume 2 of 12, this book contains 4 main lectures: Some Mistakes Of Moses, Some Reasons Why, Orthodoxy, and Myth And Miracle. Each lecture has individual subjects within it.As outspoken in his day as Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens are today, ROBERT GREEN INGERSOLL (1833-1899) was a notorious radical whose uncompromising views on religion and slavery (they were bad, in his opinion), women's suffrage (a good idea, he believed), and other contentious matters of his era made him a wildly popular orator and critic of American culture and public life. Legendary as a speaker-he memorized his speeches and could talk for hours without notes-and as a proponent of freethought, Ingersoll is an American original whose words still ring with truth and power today. His most important works are gathered in this 12-volume collected edition, first published posthumously in 1901.

The Best of Robert Ingersoll

The Best of Robert Ingersoll
Author: Robert Green Ingersoll
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 175
Release: 1983
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Best of Robert Ingersoll Book Excerpt:

Robert Ingersoll was America's finest orator and foremost leader of freethinkers. Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Eugene V. Debs, and Elizabeth Cady used to gather to hear the speeches of "the great agnostic." Roger E. Greeley has selected the best from speeches and essays of this iconoclastic orator who labored to destroy the superstition and hypocrisy of fundamentalism in America and who answered the Moral Majority in the last century. One hundred years after he advanced into the national spotlight, Ingersoll's commentaries still retain their fresh, penetrating, and witty character. His pleas for civil rights, the rights of women and children, responsible and responsive government, and individual freedom of conscience and religious belief have placed him in the vanguard of enlightened thinkers. Today the legacy of Robert Ingersoll, prophet and pioneer, merits the attention of anyone who espouses humane, liberal, rational, or agnostic opinions.

Why I Am an Agnostic

Why I Am an Agnostic
Author: Robert Green Ingersoll
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 36
Release: 2017-04-29
ISBN: 9781546350644
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why I Am an Agnostic Book Excerpt:

Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 - July 21, 1899) was an American lawyer, a Civil War veteran, political leader, and orator of the United States during the Golden Age of Free Thought, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of agnosticism. He was nicknamed "The Great Agnostic".

Focus On 100 Most Popular American Agnostics

Focus On  100 Most Popular American Agnostics
Author: Wikipedia contributors
Publsiher: e-artnow sro
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Atheism and Agnosticism Exploring the Issues

Atheism and Agnosticism  Exploring the Issues
Author: Peter A. Huff
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 247
Release: 2021-08-31
ISBN: 1440870837
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheism and Agnosticism Exploring the Issues Book Excerpt:

This is the age of atheism and agnosticism. The number of people living without religious belief and practice is quickly and dramatically rising. Some experts call nonreligion, after Christianity and Islam, the third largest "religion" in the world today. Understanding the origins, history, variations, and impact of atheism and agnosticism is crucial to getting a grasp of the meaning of the present and gaining a glimpse of the future. Exploring some of the most extraordinary people, events, and ideas of all time, this book provides a fair, comprehensive, and engaging survey of all aspects of contemporary atheism and agnosticism. An overview essay discusses the background and social and political contexts of unbelief, while a timeline highlights key events. Some 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries follow, with each providing fundamental, objective information about particular topics along with cross-references and suggestions for further reading. The volume closes with an annotated bibliography of the most important resources on atheism and agnosticism.

The Works of Robert G Ingersoll Vol 1 of 12 Original Version Dresden Edition Lectures

The Works of Robert G  Ingersoll  Vol  1  of 12   Original Version  Dresden Edition Lectures
Author: Robert Green Ingersoll
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2016-07-04
ISBN: 9781535095488
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Works of Robert G Ingersoll Vol 1 of 12 Original Version Dresden Edition Lectures Book Excerpt:

Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 - July 21, 1899) was an American lawyer, a Civil War veteran, political leader, and orator of the United States during the Golden Age of Free Thought, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of agnosticism. He was nicknamed "The Great Agnostic".Robert Ingersoll was born in Dresden, New York. His father, John Ingersoll, was an abolitionist-leaning Congregationalist preacher, whose radical views forced his family to move frequently. For a time, Rev. John Ingersoll filled the pulpit for American revivalist Charles G. Finney while Finney was on a tour of Europe. Upon Finney's return, Rev. Ingersoll remained for a few months as co-pastor/associate pastor under Finney. The elder Ingersoll's later pastoral experiences influenced young Robert negatively, however, as The Elmira Telegram described in 1890

The Agnostic

The Agnostic
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1885
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Agnosticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Agnostic Age

The Agnostic Age
Author: Paul Horwitz
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2011-02-17
ISBN: 019973772X
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Agnostic Age Book Excerpt:

The Agnostic Age: Law, Religion, and the Constitution is a book for lawyers, law professors, law students, lawmakers, and any citizen who cares about church-state conflict and about the relationship between religion and liberal democracy. It provides a way to understand and balance the conflicts that inevitably arise when neighbors struggle with neighbors, and when liberal democracy tries to reach common ground with religious beliefs and practices. Paul Horwitz argues that the fundamental reason for the church-state conflict is our aversion to questions of religious truth. By trying to avoid the question of religious truth, law and religion has ultimately only reached a state of incoherence. He asserts that the answer to this dilemma is to take "the agnostic turn": to take an empathetic and imaginative approach to questions of religious truth, one that actually confronts rather than avoids these questions, but without reaching a final judgment about what that truth is. This book offers a sensitive and sensible approach to questions of church-state conflict, justifying what the courts have done in some cases and demanding new results in others. It explains how the church-state conflict extends beyond law and religion itself, and goes to some of the central questions at the heart of the troubled relationship between religion and liberal democracy in a post-9/11 era.

Individuality

Individuality
Author: Robert Green Ingersoll
Publsiher: DigiCat
Total Pages: 37
Release: 2022-07-20
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Individuality Book Excerpt:

'Individuality' is a philosophical book by Robert Green Ingersoll. Ingersoll was an American lawyer, writer, and orator during the Golden Age of Free Thought, who campaigned in defense of agnosticism. He was nicknamed "The Great Agnostic". The book is part of his lectures series 'The gods and other lectures." In it he surmises that, "Universal obedience is universal stagnation; disobedience is one of the conditions of progress. Select any age of the world and tell me what would have been the effect of implicit obedience. "

Agnosticism

Agnosticism
Author: James Kirk Wall
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2011-01-28
ISBN: 1450287085
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Agnosticism Book Excerpt:

Ask yourself the big questions, keep an open mind, and learn from some of the greatest thinkers of all time with Agnosticism. Famous martial artist Bruce Lee didnt believe that anyone should be indoctrinated into one specific style of fighting. The best fighter is master of many styles and has the skill to apply the right methods as situations present themselves. Agnostics take the same approach to philosophy and religion. Each religion, as each philosophy, has something to teach. There is no solitary creed that applies to every situation. Some of the worlds greatest thinkers, such as Confucius and Socrates, promoted agnostic ways of thinking. For instance, Confucius said, To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. Learn more about agnosticism and start asking yourself some big questions with this book: What is the definition of God? Is religion good or evil? What is our purpose in life? How do we as a nation raise strong and independent thinkers? Author James Kirk Wall also offers an agnostic approach to evolution and intelligent design, as well as lessons from great thinkers throughout history and tips on applying agnosticism to business and government. Instead of blindly following one idea or another, start breaking down the shameless walls of ignorance and discover Agnosticism.

Colonel Bob Ingersoll

Colonel Bob Ingersoll
Author: Cameron Rogers
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 293
Release: 1927
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Agnostics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Colonel Bob Ingersoll Book Excerpt:

"Robert Green 'Bob' Ingersoll (August 11, 1833-July 21, 1899) was an American lawyer, a Civil War veteran, political leader, and orator ... during the Golden Age of Free Thought, noted for his broad range of culture and his defense of agnosticism. He was [among other epithets like Colonel Bob] nicknamed 'The Great Agnostic'"--Wikipedia ("Robert G. Ingersoll" viewed February 4, 2016).

About the Holy Bible

About the Holy Bible
Author: Robert Ingersoll
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 134
Release: 2012-12-29
ISBN: 9781481867672
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

About the Holy Bible Book Excerpt:

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."