Daily Dose of Ingersoll


When the clergy are caught, they give a different meaning to
the words and say the world was not made in seven days. They say
“good whiles” — “epochs.”

And in this same Confession of Faith and in this creed they
say that the Lord’s day is holy — every seventh day. Suppose you
lived near the North Pole where the day is three months long. Then
which day would you keep? If you could get to the South Pole you
could prevent Sunday from ever overtaking you. You could walk
around the other way faster than the world could revolve. How would
you keep Sunday then? Suppose we invent something that can go one
thousand miles an hour? We can chase Sunday clear around the globe.
Is there anything that can be more perfectly absurd than that a
space of time can be holy? You might as well talk about a virtuous
vacuum. We are now told that the Bible is not a scientific book,
and that after all we cannot depend on what God said four thousand
years ago — that his ways are not as our ways — that we must
accept without evidence, and believe without understanding.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Orthodoxy”(1884)