Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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The next thing that gave the church a blow was Statistics. We
found by taking statistics that we could tell the average length of
human life; that this human life did not depend upon infinite
caprice; that it depended upon conditions, circumstances, laws and
facts, and that these conditions, circumstances, and facts were
during long periods of time substantially the same. And now, the
man who depends entirely upon special providence gets his life
insured. He has more confidence even in one of these companies than
he has in the whole Trinity. We found by statistics that there were
just so many crimes on an average committed; just so many crimes of
one kind and so many of another; just so many suicides, so many
deaths by drowning, so many accidents on an average, so many men
marrying women, for instance. older than themselves; so many
murders of a particular kind; just the same number of mistakes; and
I say to-night, statistics utterly demolish the idea of special
providence.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Orthodoxy”(1884)