These orthodox ministers have been the slanderers of the
really great men of our century. They denounced Lyell. the great
geologist, for giving facts to the world. They hated and belittled
Humboldt, one of the greatest and most intellectual of the race.
They ridiculed and derided Darwin, the greatest naturalist, the
keenest observer, the best judge of the value of a fact, the most
wonderful discoverer of truth that the world has produced.
In every orthodox pulpit stood a traducer of the greatest of
scientists — of one who filled the world with intellectual light.
The church has been the enemy of every science, of every real
thinker, and for many centuries has used her power to prevent
Robert Green Ingersoll – “Truth” (1897)