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
Jansen, McClurg, 1882 - 130 pages
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George Reuben Wendling
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Page 15 - 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 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 13 - 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 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 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 132 - Madeleine" the New York Eve ning Telegram says: "More than thirty years ago it received the honor of a prize from the French Academy and has since almost become a French classic. It abounds both in pathos and wit. Above all it is a pure story, dealing with love of the most exalted kind. It is, indeed, a wonder that a tale so fresh, so sweet, so pure as this has not sooner been introduced to the English-speaking public.
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?