Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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Now, intelligent men, who are not frightened, whose brains
have not been paralyzed by fear, know that the sacred story of
creation was written by an ignorant savage. The story is
inconsistent with all known facts, and every star shining in the
heavens testifies that its author was an uninspired barbarian.

I admit that this unknown writer was sincere, that he wrote
what he believed to be true — that he did the best he could. He
did not claim to be inspired — did not pretend that the story had
been told to him by Jehovah. He simply stated the “facts” as he
understood them.

After I had learned a little about the stars I concluded that
this writer, this “inspired” scribe, had been misled by myth and
legend, and that he knew no more about creation than the average
theologian of my day. In other words, that he knew absolutely
nothing.

And here, allow me to say that the ministers who are answering
me are turning their guns in the wrong direction. These reverend
gentlemen should attack the astronomers. They should malign and
vilify Kepler, Copernicus, Newton, Herschel and Laplace. These men
were the real destroyers of the sacred story. Then, after having
disposed of them, they can wage a war against the stars, and
against Jehovah himself for having furnished evidence against the
truthfulness of his book.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Why I Am An Agnostic”