Daily Dose of Ingersoll


I would not know a god if I should see one. I have said
before, and I say again, the brain thinks in spite of me, and I am
not responsible for my thoughts. I cannot control the beating of my
heart. I cannot stop the blood that flows through the rivers of my
veins. And yet I am held responsible for my belief. Then why does
not God give me the evidence? They say he has. In what? In an
inspired book. But I do not understand it as they do. Must I be
false to my understanding? They say: “When you come to die you will
be sorry if you do not.” Will I be sorry when I come to die that I
did not live a hypocrite? Will I be sorry that I did not say I was
a Christian when I was not? Will the fact that I was honest put a
thorn in the pillow of death? Cannot God forgive me for being
honest? They say that when he was in Jerusalem he forgave his
murderers, but now he will not forgive an honest man for differing
from him on the subject of the Trinity.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Orthodoxy”(1884)