Read Some Mistakes of Moses (Classic Reprint) by Robert G. Ingersoll Free Online
Book Title: Some Mistakes of Moses (Classic Reprint)|
Date of issue: April 20th 2017
ISBN 13: 9781330756119
The author of the book: Robert G. Ingersoll
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 979 KB
Edition: Forgotten Books
Read full description of the books Some Mistakes of Moses (Classic Reprint):Robert Green Ingersoll's book is an examination of the Pentateuch, or the first five books of The Bible, typically attributed to Moses. The author has written the book not to disparage the beliefs of Christianity, but rather because he views religion as oftentimes divisive. "It is amazing to me that a difference of opinion upon subjects that we know nothing with certainty about, should make us hate, persecute, and despise each other" states Ingersoll in his introduction. Ingersoll takes a measured approach to his critique of the Old Testament, progressing through the work carefully and raising his objections to the various stories presented. The book is divided into chapters, each of which is focused on a different occurrence or belief espoused in The Bible. Examples include chapters on the story of creation, the plagues of the Old Testament, "The Garden," and many more.
Ingersoll has been compared to Mark Twain, and with good reason. "Some Mistakes of Moses" is the work of an author in full command of his wit. The book is easily approached by the laymen, but detailed enough to appeal to the informed reader. Written in a casual style, it is a light read about a deep subject.
"Some Mistakes of Moses" is a valuable piece of religious criticism. For those interested in the subject matter, the words of Robert Green Ingersoll will be enlightening. A favorite title of agnostics and atheists for many years, Ingersoll's work is every bit as powerful today as the day it was written.
About the Publisher
Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Read information about the author"On August 11, 1833, was born the greatest and noblest of the Western World; an immense personality, -- unique, lovable, sublime; the peerless orator of all time, and as true a poet as Nature ever held in tender clasp upon her loving breast, and, in words coined for the chosen few, told of the joys and sorrows, hopes, dreams, and fears of universal life; a patriot whose golden words and deathless deeds were worthy of the Great Republic; a philanthropist, real and genuine; a philosopher whose central theme was human love, -- who placed 'the holy hearth of home' higher than the altar of any god; an iconoclast, a builder -- a reformer, perfectly poised, absolutely honest, and as fearless as truth itself -- the most aggressive and formidable foe of superstition -- the most valiant champion of reason -- Robert G. Ingersoll." - Herman E. Kittredge
Robert Green Ingersoll, who became the best known advocate of freethought in the 19th-century, was born in Dresden, N.Y. The son of an impoverished itinerant pastor, he later recalled his formative church experiences: "The minister asked us if we knew that we all deserved to go to hell, and we all answered 'yes.' Then we were asked if we would be willing to go to hell if it was God's will, and every little liar shouted 'Yes!'" He became an attorney by apprenticeship, and a colonel in the Civil War, fighting in the Battle of Shiloh. In 1867, Ingersoll was appointed Illinois' first Attorney General. His political career was cut short by his refusal to halt his controversial lectures, but he achieved national political fame for his thrilling nomination speech for James G. Blaine for president at the national convention of the Republican Party in 1876. Ingersoll was good friends with three U.S. presidents. The distinguished attorney was known and admired by most of the leading progressives and thinkers of his day.
Ingersoll traveled the continent for 30 years, speaking to capacity audiences, once attracting 50,000 people to a lecture in Chicago—40,000 too many for the Exposition Center. His repertoire included 3 to 4-hour lectures on Shakespeare, Voltaire and Burns, but the largest crowds turned out to hear him denounce the bible and religion. He initially settled in Peoria, Illinois, then in Washington, D.C., where he successfully defended falsely accused men in the "Star Route" scandal, the most famous political trial of the 19th century. Religious rumors against Ingersoll abounded. One had it that Ingersoll's son was a drunkard who more than once had to be carried away from the table. Ingersoll wrote: "It is not true that intoxicating beverages are served at my table. It is not true that my son ever was drunk. It is not true that he had to be carried away from the table. Besides, I have no son!"
During the Civil War he was commissioned as Colonel and commander of the 11th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, and was captured near Corinth, Mississippi. Although soon released, he still made time to treat his Confederate captors to a rousing anti slavery speech.
He hoped for but was never awarded a Cabinet post. The Republicans were afraid of his unorthodox religious views. He was told that he could progress politically if he hid his religious views, but Ingersoll refused on the charge that withholding information from the public would be immoral.
He strongly advocated equal rights for blacks and women. He defended Susan B. Anthony from hecklers when she spoke in Peoria; when every hotel in the city refused to house Frederick Douglass, he welcomed him into his home.
Add a comment to Some Mistakes of Moses (Classic Reprint)
Read EBOOK Some Mistakes of Moses (Classic Reprint) by Robert G. Ingersoll Online free