Read these quotes and imagine:
“It may be that ministers really think that their prayers do good and it may be that frogs imagine that their croaking brings spring.”
“If there be an infinite Being, he does not need our help — we need not waste our energies in his defense.”
“The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it.”
Imagine an auditorium, filled to capacity to hear an orator known worldwide discuss atheism and question Christian tenets. Imagine thousands of people willing to pay a substantial admission to hear his eloquence and irreverent wit. Ingersoll, “The Great Agnostic,” would speak extemporaneously for three hours.
He was a lawyer and former colonel in the army. He was called the “most brilliant speaker of the English tongue of all the men on the globe.” Who could this be — Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens? You may be surprised to learn this remarkable speaker was popular over 130 years ago!