Shuck and Jive

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

What the Church Could Learn from Robert Ingersoll

Robert Ingersoll's (1833-1899) father was a congregational minister. Here is what Ingersoll said of him:

"After having received a certificate to the effect that he understood the mysteries of orthodoxy, and was able to show that the infinite love of god was perfectly consistent with the damnation of the whole human race, he started in search of employment." Read More

He also wrote this about the Bible:

Too great praise challenges attention, and often brings to light a thousand faults that otherwise the general eye would never see. Were we allowed to read the Bible as we do all other books, we would admire its beauties, treasure its worthy thoughts, and account for all its absurd, grotesque and cruel things, by saying that its authors lived in rude, barbaric times. But we are told that it was written by inspired men; that it contains the will of God; that it is perfect, pure and true in all its parts; the source and standard of all religious truth; that it is the star and anchor of all human hope; the only guide for man, the only torch in Nature's night. These claims are so at variance with every known recorded fact, so palpably absurd, that every free, unbiased soul is forced to raise the standards of revolt.

--Robert Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses,1879 (This quote was published in Robert M. Price's A Reason Driven Life (great book!)

Unlike Ingersoll, I am a stubborn believer, a partaker in the covenant. But that does not make me blind to the ignorance of church and of creed, especially as the church has worshiped the Bible to the destruction of many. Ingersoll did a great favor for the church, if we would only receive it.