Ingersollism: From a Secular Point of View. A Lecture Delivered in Association Hall, New York; Music Hall, Boston; in Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, and in Over Six Hundred of the Principal Lecture Courses of the United States and Canada

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Jansen, McClurg, 1883 - 130 pages
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Page 3 - I have always been strongly in favor of secular education, in the sense of education without theology; but I must confess I have been no less seriously perplexed to know by what practical measures the religious feeling, which is the essential basis of conduct, was to be kept up, in the present utterly chaotic state of opinion on these matters, without the use of the Bible.
Page 131 - Life of Haydn," the Gazette (Boston) says : " No fuller history of Haydn's career, the society in which he moved, and of his personal life can be found than is given in this work.
Page 132 - It is doubtful if these tales — antedating history in their origin, and yet fresh with all the charms of youth to all who read them for the first time — were ever before presented in so chaste and popular form.
Page 86 - Christ alone founded his empire upon love, and at this hour millions of men would die for him. In every other existence but that of Christ, how many imperfections ! Where is the character which has not yielded, vanquished by obstacles ? Where is the individual who has never been governed by circumstances or places, who has never succumbed to the...
Page 15 - I have consulted our philosophers, I have perused their books, I have examined their several opinions, I have found them all proud, positive, and dogmatizing even in their pretended scepticism, knowing every thing, proving nothing, and ridiculing one another ; and this is the only point in which they concur, and in which they are right.
Page 85 - Mohammed only legislators, who, having the first rank in the state, have sought the best solution of the social problem; but I see nothing there which reveals divinity. They themselves have never raised their pretensions so high. As for me, I recognize the gods and these great men as beings like myself. They have performed a lofty part in their times, as I have done. Nothing announces them divine. On the contrary, there are numerous resemblances between them and myself, foibles and errors which ally...
Page 83 - I know men ; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist. There is between Christianity and whatever other religions the distance of infinity.
Page 17 - ... talk against the immortality of the soul over a dish of coffee. I would fain ask a minute philosopher, what good he proposes to mankind by the publishing of his doctrines? Will they make a man a better citizen, or father of a family; a more endearing husband. friend, or son ? Will they enlarge his public or private virtues, or correct any of his failures or vices ? What is there either joyful or glorious in such opinions?
Page 35 - God," and he tells us that the word stands first for an object of worship. This, however, he follows by defining the word to mean " the Supreme Being, the eternal and infinite Spirit, the Creator and Sovereign of the universe.
Page 13 - You may travel over the world and you may find cities without walls, without king, without mint, without theatre or gymnasium, but you will never find a city without God, without prayer, without oracle, without sacrifice ; '' and the eighteen centuries since his day confirm the truth of his words. "Take from me...

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