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Who Is The Greatest Living Man Who Is The Greatest Living Man

Who Is The Greatest Living Man
Written November 19, 1893. My answer is Robert G. Ingersoll. One gets the conviction of this man’s superiority by simply being in his presence. The outer man makes the impression of greatness upon the mind. It is not the silent assertion of a splendid form however, that persuades us. A large body serves to accent and emphasize a large mind, but heroic physical proportions are not essential to greatness. The king of men to-day is not he who, like Saul, “from his shoulders and upward is higher than any of his people.” Dr. Watts truly said: “The mind’s the standard of... Essays - Post by : mkollerup - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1467

Going To Church Going To Church

Going To Church
Every little while some minister wakes up to the fact that a large proportion of the people of our cities do not go to church, and he blames the people for this state of affairs. Nobody blames men and women if they keep away from the theatre, from the library, from the art gallery, from the public park; in fact, it is generally admitted that people can exercise their own judgment in visiting these places and not be liable to censure on the part of anybody. Not so, however, when they keep away from the church. Why does a man go... Essays - Post by : webtraffic1 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 2503

Sunday Schools Sunday Schools

Sunday Schools
Of all the stupid things we meet with, Sunday school lessons are the stupidest. There seems to be only one way to account for this, and that is that stupid persons are connected with Sunday schools and can comprehend only stupid things. It seems to us as though a bright boy or girl at the age of twelve years ought to be able to overthrow every argument employed in a Sunday school to bolster up the Christian superstition. The lessons taught in them are adapted to undeveloped brains, and the literature one gets from their libraries is of that variety that... Essays - Post by : kimaiga - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 3409

Indifference To Religion Indifference To Religion

Indifference To Religion
The pulpit complains that people are indifferent to religion. Why shouldn’t they be? It is about time they were indifferent to it. Our wonder is, that the people tolerate a single priest or church on earth. Of what benefit is religion to mankind? Come now, ye that uphold religion, tell us what it does to make the world better, nobler, truer? Why should man worship God? Why should he build thousands of costly churches all over the earth, and pay priests and ministers large salaries to preach and pray in these churches? If the churches were the humblest buildings in the... Essays - Post by : svreeman - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 2862

The Christian's God The Christian's God

The Christian's God
Man is like the God he worships, and history shows that the Christian church has been as cruel as its God. A Christian minister damns just as his God does. He sends every free soul to hell just as his God does. He demands obedience just as his God does. The tyranny of heaven is repeated on earth and every tyrant quotes God for his authority. Think of the Christian superstition demanding recognition and acceptance! It seems almost incredible that a man can be found in this age to preach such glaring inconsistencies and absurdities, such a ridiculous faith, such injustice... Essays - Post by : jezzwhizz - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 579

The Motive For Preaching The Motive For Preaching

The Motive For Preaching
Why does a man enter the Christian ministry? Why do men preach the Christian faith? There is some reason for doing so. What is it? We have been told that the men who adopt the profession of preaching for a living make a sacrifice of personal advantage by doing so; that these men, had they entered any other profession, could not only more readily achieve greatness, but could also make more money. We do not believe it. As a rule, we believe that the men who are getting a living to-day as ministers, earn more money and enjoy more fame, than... Essays - Post by : PeggyR - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1600

The Saturday Half-holiday The Saturday Half-holiday

The Saturday Half-holiday
It is pretty certain that the laborer is hereafter to have more time for himself. That fact is already settled, and the demand will be conceded sooner or later. Eat, work and sleep is the ancient trinity of slavery. The modern life demands leisure; the opportunity for enjoyment and self-improvement. How it is best to be secured is a question about which there is a variety of opinions. One of the plans to give the workingman more time for himself is that of the Saturday half-holiday. We see no particular advantage in this over the eight-hour-for-a-day’s-work plan. It seems to us... Essays - Post by : hammer23 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1046

Fashionable Hypocrisy Fashionable Hypocrisy

Fashionable Hypocrisy
There is nothing more inconsistent than for the rich to praise Jesus. There is dishonesty in every word that the wealthy speak in approbation of the poverty-preacher of Galilee. Jesus was poor, almost a beggar. He had no house, no home. But more than this, he did not see the good of such things. He did not tell his disciples to work and try to improve their earthly condition. There is no sound, sensible advice for a man to follow, who has to live and support his family, to be found in the so-called teachings of Jesus. It is simply hypocrisy... Essays - Post by : asprilla - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1453

The Sacrifice Of Jesus The Sacrifice Of Jesus

The Sacrifice Of Jesus
A great deal has been written, preached and said about the great sacrifice which Jesus made for the world. We deny that he made any such sacrifice as is claimed for him by the Christian church. In fact, we cannot see, find or learn from any record of the New Testament that he made any sacrifice at all. This whole idea about the sacrifice of Jesus depends upon a theological assumption. Jesus had no earthly honor, position or estate to sacrifice, even had he been disposed to offer such for the good of mankind. Not only is there no evidence of... Essays - Post by : rwd2255 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1549

A Woman's Religion A Woman's Religion

A Woman's Religion
The Christian church of to-day is the church of women. Woman is certainly the better-half of Christianity. She is the minister’s right bower. The Christian soldier is an Amazon. The first at the prayer-meeting, at the donation party, at the missionary convention, at the Sunday service, at the altar, at the Sunday school is woman, and the last is woman, too. Without its female members, adherents and workers the Christian church would be an abandoned wreck within a week. It is true that men give money to the church, but they do it generally to please the women or at their... Essays - Post by : pooley - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1429

Save The Republic Save The Republic

Save The Republic
Which shall it be, Christianity or the Republic? It is apparent that the Christian church under a purely secular government justice is granted to all and where favors are allowed to none, cannot long survive. The Christian church in this country to-day is the worst foe of our free republic that exists within its borders. If the state survives it is plain to us that the church must perish, and the church can only flourish on the ruins of free institutions. We may have Christianity with a certain form of human government in America, but if the principles embodied in... Essays - Post by : Methuselah - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 957

Does The Church Save Does The Church Save

Does The Church Save
The church pretends to save man from a hell hereafter, but does it do so? How are we to know whether it does or not? We cannot take its word for it. We want the proof. We do not want to pay for work unless the work is done. We do not want to believe in order to be saved, unless we are sure that the church can deliver the salvation it takes pay for. The world has taken the promise to save long enough. It has not seen a single soul that has been saved, nor does it know for... Essays - Post by : mapes12 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1124

The Silence Of Jesus The Silence Of Jesus

The Silence Of Jesus
A Christian minister not long ago spoke upon the subject: “When the Bible is Silent.” He said a great many silly things about his subject, but not one sensible one. This preacher wishes us to believe that when the Bible is silent it is because we cannot hear. He said the silence of Jesus before Caiaphas, Pilate and Herod, shows that Jesus knew they would not have understood his words if he had answered them. He further said that Jesus “treated each with whom he came in contact according to the spirit that was in him.” Is it not more likely... Essays - Post by : Sponge - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1463

Orthodoxy Orthodoxy

Orthodoxy
There is as much perfumery in petroleum as there is righteousness in orthodoxy. Its dead theology and make-believe piety have no value only to the priest. Orthodoxy survives only by right of possession. Turn it out of the churches and it would never re-enter them. The church to-day is a hospital for sick dogmas. Every Christian doctrine is a cripple; not one can walk or stand alone. Orthodoxy has put a false valuation on things. It calls a man good who goes to church, offers a prayer in public and accepts the Bible as the word of God; it calls a... Essays - Post by : yanovsky31 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1446

Ideas Of Jesus Ideas Of Jesus

Ideas Of Jesus
There is a vast difference between knowledge of the Bible and knowledge. A person may know all there is in the Bible, and not know but little. In fact, so much of the Bible is either pure fiction or doubtful history that one is not sure when he has got hold of what is reliable. Probably no person whose name appears in the Bible is less a historical figure than Jesus. As we see him in either gospel he is more the product of the artist than the work of the biographer. He is less a human being than the character... Essays - Post by : hstrickler - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 2044

The Agnostic's Position The Agnostic's Position

The Agnostic's Position
Some avowed Liberal writers are engaged in abusing the Agnostic. One looks upon him as a fool, while another considers him a hypocrite. One pities him for his ignorance, the other abuses him for confessing it. I side with the Agnostic. I sit down with the ignorant. I take my place in the class of “I-don’t-know.” The difference between people is this: Some don’t know, and some don’t know that they don’t know, and the rest won’t admit that they don’t know. It seems to me that the Agnostic’s position is an honest one. He is asked the question; Is there... Essays - Post by : taha22 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 2450

What Has Jesus Done For The World What Has Jesus Done For The World

What Has Jesus Done For The World
A great deal is said about “what Jesus has done for the world.” We wish some of those people who repeat this statement would take ten or fifteen minutes and tell us just what Jesus has done for the world. It would puzzle the most ardent admirer of the Galilean reformer to point out anything that Jesus ever did to help man in this life. There is too much of this thoughtless, senseless praise of Jesus. Not a Christian on this earth but what owes a thousand times more to his father and mother than he owes to Jesus, but who... Essays - Post by : hstrickler - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1879

The Meaning Of The Word God The Meaning Of The Word God

The Meaning Of The Word God
I do not deny that the word “God” has today a moral and religious meaning which is derived from his supposed beneficence, but this idea is not the one that I find at the bottom of the Christian faith. I object very seriously to the attempt, which is being made by certain interested parties, to represent the God of Christianity better than he is. This word loses its terror when we realize that it stands for an unknown quantity. It is the attempt to account for what we cannot understand; the effort to explain the universe. The word “God” is a... Essays - Post by : sachac - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1226

What God Knows What God Knows

What God Knows
We see in Christian papers a great deal about what God knows. How does any one know what God knows? It has been the habit man lacked any particular knowledge, of saying, “God knows.” But what is the good of God knowing anything if he keeps his knowledge to himself? If he will not tell what he knows, how is man improved or benefited by all the wisdom in the divine cranium? What is known by the inhabitants of Venus does the inhabitants of earth no good. But let us come down to facts. Is there any proof that God... Essays - Post by : vbhnl - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1735

Christian Happiness Christian Happiness

Christian Happiness
Christians are constantly telling “how happy their religion makes them,” how happy they feel “since they found Jesus.” We will take them at their word and believe that they are just as happy as they say they are. What has their religion done for them, what has Jesus done for them, that they should be so happy? They will answer that they have been saved, that their souls have been rescued from destruction. Without going into the question whether they need to be saved or whether their souls are in any danger of destruction, let us see what kind of happiness... Essays - Post by : Ed_Hirsch - Date : November 2011 - Author : Lemuel K. Washburn - Read : 1540