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By Robert G. Ingersoll

The phrases 'blasphemy', 'evil' and 'pagan' have been hurled at Robert Ingersoll via the prepared Christian Church from the instant he made his first statement from the pulpit. And, despite their unanimous rejection, his phrases survive via this day. As proven during this textual content his prose was once terse, biting, slicing and just a little boastful for he felt it was once his goal to convey the sacred scriptures into the glare of a extra sensible realm. Deemed as being written 1000's of years after the very fact, he observed the Bible as being not anything greater than an exhaggerated sequence of people stories that have been passed down via a handful of people that, for his or her personal harmony and value, self-proclaimed themselves as being 'God's selected ones'. whereas Mr. Ingersoll bargains no clinical facts that his statements have validity (other than uncomplicated good judgment) he asks the questions that experience caused the doubt and anger that religionists have repressed during the centuries. From Galileo notwithstanding Darwin through...

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Then the claim was made that Christ rose from the dead and ascended bodily to heaven. It required many years for these absurdities to take possession of the minds of men. If Christ rose from the dead, why did he not appear to his enemies? Why did he not call on Caiaphas, the high priest? Why did he not make another triumphal entry into Jerusalem? If he really ascended, why did he not do so in public, in the presence of his persecutors? Why should this, the greatest of miracles, be done in secret.

Did he express grander truths than Cicero? Was his mind subtler than Spinoza's? Was his brain equal to Kepler's or Newton's? Was he grander in death -- a sublimer martyr than Bruno? Was he in intelligence, in the force and beauty of expression, in breadth and scope of thought, in wealth of illustration, in aptness of comparison, in knowledge of the human brain and heart, of all passions, hopes and fears, the equal of Shakespeare, the greatest of the human race? If Christ was in fact God, he knew all the future.

And even the Tahitians tell us that man was created from the earth, and the first woman from one of his bones. All these stories are equally authentic and of equal value to the world, and all the authors were equally inspired. We know also that the story of the flood is much older than the book of Genesis, and we know besides that it is not true. We know that this story in Genesis was copied from the Chaldean. There you find all about the rain, the ark, the animals, the dove that was sent out three times, and the mountain on which the ark rested.

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