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What's God Got to Do with It?: Robert Ingersoll on Free Thought, Honest Talk and the Separation of Church and State Paperback – August 16, 2005
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Ingersoll "is a critical figure in the struggle for true freedom of conscience in America -- meaning the freedom not to worship any god as well as to worship God in one's own way . . . Ingersoll did more than anyone to restore Americans' memory of their country's secular and rationalist tradition." -- Susan Jacoby in Freethinkers
"In this collection of short excerpts . . . the patron saint of free thought celebrates human reason and decries the influence of blind faith. Opponents of the Kansas Board of Education, federal funding for church social programs and faith-based restrictions on medical research will find here the inspiration to keep fighting." — Washington Post
"Ingersoll's ideas force a reader to reexamine the words freedom, liberty, truth and democracy. This little paperback has the pleasant feeling of a morning spent listening to a lecture or sermon on a small-town green." — Los Angeles Times
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Tim Page is the Pulitzer Prize—winning chief music critic for the Washington Post. He is the author of Dawn Powell: A Biography and editor of The Diaries of Dawn Powell (Steerforth Press, 1995) and Selected Letters of Dawn Powell.
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You can chew this up in an afternoon - or a few afternoons, if you'd like to savor it more. And it's completely readable prose - no archaic Victorian language here.
In fact, the main thing that makes one realize that this book isn't contemporary writing is the lack of cynicism and snarkiness aimed at the other side; religious zealots that want to insert God into public policy, law, education and so on.
There's no bitterness here, no anger at what has been lost or could be lost in our society if we overthrow rational thought, enlightenment and science over for any 2000 year old magic book.
Ingersoll's points about why God is not mentioned in the US Constitution and why that was such a bold important step in the evolution of society is something that I wish every fundamentalist in America would read and consider.
Tim Page's non-sycophantic intro to Ingersoll is also well-done, pointing out how remarkable he was, even if his writings never produced the single polished gem that might have kept his works known a little more in the early 21st century.
It's a valuable book for any freethinker in America today; cheap, and well put together. Highly recommended.
Ingersoll was a pragmatic agnostic and an incredible moral thinker. Then, as now, his skepticism kept him from reaching high political office. Readers will find that his reasoning is sound and powerfully convincing while his language remains approachable but still with its own inspirational beauty:
"You cannot be so poor that you cannot help somebody. Good nature is the cheapest commodity in the world; and love is the only thing that will pay ten per cent to borrower and lender both. Do not tell me that you have got to be rich! We have a false standard of greatness in the United States. We think here that a man must be great, that he must be notorious; that he must be extremely wealthy, or that his name must be upon the putrid lips of rumor. It is all a mistake. It is not necessary to be rich or to be great, or to be powerful, to be happy. The happy man is the successful man.Read more ›
Any writing or speech attributable to Robert Ingersoll is worth reading and rereading. And those contained in What's God Got to Do with It? are no exceptions. This collection consists of a number of short works on a wide range of subjects. Like his admiration for Robert Burns and Thomas Paine. The unfairness of tax exempt status for churches. The ugliness of corporeal punishment of children. The futility of prayer and fasting. Women's rights and much, much more.
For those unfamiliar with the humanistic philosophy of Robert Ingersoll, this book would be a fine place to start. America sorely needs another Ingersoll now more than ever. He was one of the greats.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Robert Ingersoll was a fantastically popular public speaker 125 years ago, and today he is almost unknown. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Keith M. Johnson
Robert Ingersoll was famous back in the day when people could make a living giving speeches. He wrote, too, and quite well, but most people who knew about him wanted to see him... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Barbara Frederick
One of the greatest books ever written and one which should be read by all. Highly liked it and have given several copies out plus have it on my Kindle, too. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Frances J. Porgal
I like the book because it repeatedly said simple thoughts that made me say, "Yes!" And then i highlighted it. Read morePublished on May 13, 2014 by A. D. Evans
This is my first introduction to R.G. Ingersoll. It is amazing to me that these speeches, lectures, and thoughts were written over 100 years ago. They are still relevant today. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by S.A.S.
Ingersoll was waaaaay ahead f his time. His knowledge and insight is just as needed today as when it was written hundreds of years ago.Published on March 2, 2014 by Gary Desomber
This is a great booklet of masterpieces of speeches by the Great Robert Ingersoll. If you are a believer , and you should be , in the separation of Church & State then you should... Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Bashar Elsbihi