Remembering Robert Ingersoll
Posted: 11 August 2006 09:01 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Saw this blog, and wanted to share…

Happy Birthday, Robert Ingersoll!

[quote:4ba2143ac0] As far as most people are concerned, the 11th of August has no special significance. But atheists, freethinkers and skeptics everywhere should recognize it as a very special and significant date indeed. For on this day, we commemorate the birth of the most famous freethinker that most Americans have never heard of, the most fearless and possibly the most eloquent defender of nonbelief in our nation’s great and storied history - the illustrious Robert Green Ingersoll.[/quote:4ba2143ac0]

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Posted: 12 August 2006 10:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Thanks for noting that, Stillwaters. I didn’t know a thing about Ingersoll until reading about him in Susan Jacoby’s marvelous book Freethinkers. Subsequently I’ve read several of his works and enjoyed them all.

Happy (belated) birthday to Robert Ingersoll. Wish there were another like him alive today!

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Posted: 12 August 2006 09:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I also would like to wish Robert Ingersoll a belated Happy Birthday.
Bob

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Posted: 18 August 2006 10:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I also would like to wish Robert Ingersoll a belated Happy Birthday.
I am about to read Freethinkers, i guess i will like reading it alot, sounds like ofcoarse.

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Posted: 19 August 2006 01:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Famous for standing in a pulpit in a church with his ubiquitous watch in hand shouting out something like: “If there is a God let him strike me dead in the next 30 seconds” and then he’d stand there holding the watch while the seconds counted down.

Funny things one remembers from childhood, I recall my mother not letting me learn about him and Bertrand Russell and one more person who was a sort of body builder and atheist, married a bunch of times, whose name I can’t recall.

Anyone remember that person?
Jim

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