Daily Dose of Ingersoll


In view of these facts, what, after all, is religion?

It is fear.

Fear builds the altar and offers the sacrifice.

Fear erects the cathedral and bows the head of man in worship.

Fear bends the knees and utters the prayer.

Fear pretends to love.

Religion teaches the slave-virtues — obedience, humility,
self-denial, forgiveness, non-resistance.

Lips, religious and fearful, tremblingly repeat this passage:
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.” This is the abyss of

Robert Green Ingersoll – “What is Religion?” (1899)