Daily Dose of Ingersoll

Admitting that Moses was the author of the Pentateuch, or that
he gave to the Jews a religion, the question arises as to where he
obtained his information. We are told by the theologians that he
received his knowledge from God, and that every word he wrote was
and is the exact truth. It is admitted at the same time that he was
an adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter, and enjoyed the rank and
privilege of a prince. Under such circumstances, he must have been
well acquainted with the literature, philosophy and religion of the
Egyptians, and must have known what they believed and taught as to
the creation of the world.

Now, if the account of the origin of this earth as given by
Moses is substantially like that given by the Egyptians, then we
must conclude that he learned it from them. Should we imagine that
he was divinely inspired because he gave to the Jews what the
Egyptians had given him?

The Egyptian priests taught first, that a god created the
“original matter” leaving it in a state of chaos; second, that a
god molded it into from; third, that the breath of a god moved upon
the face of the deep; fourth, that a god created simply by saying
“Let it be;” fifth, that a god created light before the sun
existed.

Nothing can be clearer than that Moses received from the
Egyptians the principal parts of his narrative, making such changes
and additions as were necessary to satisfy the peculiar
superstitions of his own people.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Some Mistakes of Moses” (1879)

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  1. Admitting that Ingersoll was the author of Biblical Schmiblical: Saying Good bye to the Good Book, or that
    he gave to the atheists a doctrine of Christian myth-busting, the question arises as to where he obtained his information.

    Now, if the account of the origin of Christianity as given by Ingersoll is substantially like that given by the big-haired televangelists, then we
    must conclude that he learned it from them.

    Nothing can be clearer than that Ingersoll received from the hair-sprayed, twang-talking, perspiring televangelists the principal parts of his narrative, making such changes
    and additions as were necessary to satisfy the peculiar superstitions of his own people.

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