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The Great Agnostic

The Great Agnostic Book
Author : Susan Jacoby
Publisher : Yale University Press
Release : 2013-01-08
ISBN : 0300188927
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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“Jacoby writes with wit and vigor, affectionately resurrecting a man whose life and work are due for reconsideration” (The Boston Globe). During the Gilded Age, which saw the dawn of America’s enduring culture wars, Robert Green Ingersoll was known as “the Great Agnostic.” The nation’s most famous orator, he raised his voice on behalf of Enlightenment reason, secularism, and the separation of church and state with a power unmatched since America’s revolutionary generation. When he died in 1899, even his religious enemies acknowledged that he might have aspired to the US presidency had he been willing to mask his opposition to religion. To the question that retains its controversial power today—was the United States founded as a Christian nation?—Ingersoll answered an emphatic no. In this provocative biography, Susan Jacoby, author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, restores Ingersoll to his rightful place in an American intellectual tradition extending from Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine to the current generation of “new atheists.” Jacoby illuminates the ways in which America’s often-denigrated and forgotten secular history encompasses issues, ranging from women’s rights to evolution, as potent and divisive today as they were in Ingersoll’s time. Ingersoll emerges in this portrait as an indispensable public figure who devoted his life to that greatest secular idea of all—liberty of conscience belonging to the religious and nonreligious alike. “Jacoby’s goal of elucidating the life and work of Robert Ingersoll is admirably accomplished. She offers a host of well-chosen quotations from his work, and she deftly displays the effect he had on others. For instance: after a young Eugene V. Debs heard Ingersoll talk, Debs accompanied him to the train station and then—just so he could continue the conversation—bought himself a ticket and rode all the way from Terre Haute to Cincinnati. Readers today may well find Ingersoll’s company equally entrancing.” —Jennifer Michael Hecht, The New York Times Book Review

Why I Am An Agnostic

Why I Am An Agnostic Book
Author : Robert Green Ingersoll
Publisher :
Release : 2019-12-03
ISBN : 9781670882363
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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For the most part we inherit our opinions. We are the heirs of habitsand mental customs. Our beliefs, like the fashion of our garments, depend on where we were born. We are moulded and fashioned by oursurroundings. Environment is a sculptor---a painter. If we had been born in Constantinople, the most of us would have said: "There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet." If our parentshad lived on the banks of the Ganges, we would have been worshipers ofSiva, longing for the heaven of Nirvana. As a rule, children love their parents, believe what they teach, andtake great pride in saying that the religion of mother is good enoughfor them. Most people love peace. They do not like to differ with their neighbors.They like company. They are social. They enjoy traveling on the highwaywith the multitude. They hate to walk alone. (...) Belief is not subject to the will. Men think as they must. Children donot, and cannot, believe exactly as they were taught. They are notexactly like their parents. They differ in temperament, in experience, in capacity, in surroundings. And so there is a continual, though almostimperceptible change. There is development, conscious and unconsciousgrowth, and by comparing long periods of time we find that the old hasbeen almost abandoned, almost lost in the new. Men cannot remainstationary. The mind cannot be securely anchored. If we do not advance, we go backward. If we do not grow, we decay. If we do not develop, weshrink and shrivel. - Taken from "Why Am I An Agnostic" written by Robert Green Ingersoll

The Hopeful Agnostic

The Hopeful Agnostic Book
Author : Donald E. Smith
Publisher : AuthorHouse
Release : 2012-02-01
ISBN : 1468544594
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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When I reached age 80, I decided that it was time to organize my thoughts about my life and my impending death. Jokingly, I had often described myself as a "Hopeful Agnostic." Now, I'm not certain that that is an accurate description. This book is my attempt to answer the age-old questions about life, death and the hereafter. I know full well that the answers may never be found, but the quest might lead to my peace of mind and more self-awareness. One can only hope.

The Wisdom of the Great

The Wisdom of the Great Book
Author : Sam Majdi
Publisher : iUniverse
Release : 2012-03-01
ISBN : 1462053319
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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For nearly two decades he has been reading, studying, researching and compiling the best and most impressive quotations for writing "The Wisdom of The Great." The book is about the lives, works, achievements and quotations of over 450 notables from 50 countries of the world. It contains over 2600 quotations in the span of three millenniums (9th century B.C. to the present time.) Nearly 250 of the individuals have detailed biographies. It is arranged chronically and has a comprehensive glossary, names index, and subject index. What is great about this book is that there are 86 notables (68%) whose names are mentioned in the book "People Who Made America." And 30 people in the book "100 People Who Infl uenced and Changed the World." It is not only a quotation book but also a literary piece, a book of biographies, and an accurate reference book. Read them again and again, seeking their wisdom, their joy, their passion and their beauty.

American Agnostic

American Agnostic Book
Author : Raymond A. Hult
Publisher : Trafford Publishing
Release : 2009-11-25
ISBN : 9781426987359
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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American Agnostic argues that the true worth of an American should not be based on an individual's faith or uncertainty in the reality of a biblical God. American Agnostic is an atempt by author Raymond A. Hult to bridge the unfortunate gap of mistrust and disrespect that too often currently exists in America between members of the Christian majority and the agnostic minority. Hult places the responsibility for achieving a mutually respectful understanding equally on the shoulders of both those who fervently believe in the Christian God and those who are as yet still unsure. He tries to show that moral behavior is more often than not unrelated to a person's religious persuasion. American Agnostic engages Christians and agnostics in a frank discussion of the main differences of opinion that separate both groups in regard to the authenticity of the Bible and the reality of the God as presented therein. Drawing on his transformation from a devout Christina leader to a questioning agnostic, the author recounts in detail the thought process that led to his gradual change of belief. He respectively defends this change as reasonable and deserving of serious consideration. He seeks to portray the agnostic in a more favorable light and that there is nothing inherently evil with admitting that a sure knowledge of God may not be so sure after all.

The Agnostic Inquirer

The Agnostic Inquirer Book
Author : Sandra Menssen,Thomas D. Sullivan
Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release : 2007-09-19
ISBN : 0802803946
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Is there a good God? And if there is, has that God revealed anything of significance to us? Philosophers pondering these two questions have automatically assumed that the first must be answered before the second. Sandra Menssen and Thomas Sullivan examine how God's voice can be heard in the content of revelatory claims, stories, myths, poetry, exhortations, legal codes, and more. They argue that rather than taking the written word of any religion out of the philosophical proof equation, those very words should be considered as the voice of the God accused of not existing. The Agnostic Inquirer makes a clear, analytical claim that without these revelatory words, atheists and agnostics are missing a large part of the relevant database of the existence of God, while many theists are working with an impoverished database in trying to explain the foundations of their faith.

To Be an Agnostic

To Be an Agnostic Book
Author : James Kirk Wall
Publisher : iUniverse
Release : 2009-08-14
ISBN : 1440166579
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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To Be an Agnostic Seeking knowledge, truth and wisdom through the philosophy of agnosticism Chicago Todays America seems to split in two opposing parties: those who feel religion is under attack, and those who feel religion is unjustly pushing itself into secular life. While many books exist that either promote or bash religion, few book explore religion and spirituality from a neutral, agnostic standpoint. Author James Kirk Wall, an agnostic himself, set out to fill this void with his new book, To Be an Agnostic. To Be an Agnostic neither endorses nor opposes religion. Rather, Mr. Wall takes his readers on a journey of intellectual exploration, using both ancient and modern philosophers to explain the greater meaning of life. The book teaches: an agnostic approach to problem solving solid foundations of learning and obtaining knowledge argumentation techniques decision making skills religious tolerance how to face the issue of death and dying promoting opportunity, freedom and justice Ultimately, this book promotes simplicity as the essence of truth, says author James Wall. Morality and ethics are regarded above all else. We must know what is good, promote what is good, and defend what is good. To Be an Agnostic includes insight and words of wisdom from great philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, Eastern philosophers Confucius and Lao Tzu, Americas Founding Fathers, U.S. presidents, military commanders, religious figures, activists, celebrities, heroes and well-known agnostic thinkers such as Thomas Huxley. Without attacking or dismissing religion or faith, the book frames agnosticism as a modern bridge between religion and atheism. Readers, whether religious or not, will enjoy the opportunity to expand their horizons and increase their understanding of alternate viewpoints as it relates to matters of faith or lack thereof.

Ingersoll s Greatest Lectures

Ingersoll s Greatest Lectures Book
Author : Robert Green Ingersoll
Publisher : Health Research Books
Release : 1997-09
ISBN : 9780787304645
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Malraux the Absolute Agnostic Or Metamorphosis as Universal Law

Malraux  the Absolute Agnostic  Or  Metamorphosis as Universal Law Book
Author : Claude Tannery
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Release : 1991
ISBN : 9780226789620
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Moving beyond merely biographical or textual interpretation, Claude Tannery traces the philosophy of life and art developed by Andr Malraux. With both sensitivity and expert interpretation he defines the issues--personal and artistic as well as political--that underlie Malraux's writings--including early as well as late works, novels, speeches, and essays. The result is a new and subtle portrait of Malraux.

Jesus A Christian Agnostic

Jesus   A Christian Agnostic Book
Author : George Geiger
Publisher : Lulu.com
Release : 2006-01
ISBN : 1411630254
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book is about one man's struggle with his relationship with God. It is reminiscent of AW Tozer's "The Pursuit of God". George Geiger "wrestles with God" throughout the pages of this wonderful little book. Brilliantly done, and I just had to have Mr. Geiger's book on my web site. When you read it, you'll see why it is destined to be a LuLu and a New York Times best-seller.

Nonbeliever Nation

Nonbeliever Nation Book
Author : David Niose
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Release : 2012-07-17
ISBN : 1137055286
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A new group of Americans is challenging the reign of the Religious Right Today, nearly one in five Americans are nonbelievers - a rapidly growing group at a time when traditional Christian churches are dwindling in numbers - and they are flexing their muscles like never before. Yet we still see almost none of them openly serving in elected office, while Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and many others continue to loudly proclaim the myth of America as a Christian nation. In Nonbeliever Nation, leading secular advocate David Niose explores what this new force in politics means for the unchallenged dominance of the Religious Right. Hitting on all the hot-button issues that divide the country – from gay marriage to education policy to contentious church-state battles – he shows how this movement is gaining traction, and fighting for its rights. Now, Secular Americans—a group comprised not just of atheists and agnostics, but lapsed Catholics, secular Jews, and millions of others who have walked away from religion—are mobilizing and forming groups all over the country (even atheist clubs in Bible-belt high schools) to challenge the exaltation of religion in American politics and public life. This is a timely and important look at how growing numbers of nonbelievers, disenchanted at how far America has wandered from its secular roots, are emerging to fight for equality and rational public policy.

Looking for Russell

Looking for Russell Book
Author : Russell Bogert Guérard
Publisher : Lulu.com
Release :
ISBN : 1847994970
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Agnostic Khushwant

Agnostic Khushwant Book
Author : Khushwant Singh,Ashok Chopra
Publisher : Hay House, Inc
Release : 2011-10-01
ISBN : 9381398232
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Instead of entering into a pointless debate on whether or not God exists, it is more important to bear in mind that belief in the existence of God has little bearing on making a person a good or a bad citizen. One can be a saintly person without believing in God and a detestable villain believing in Him. In my personalized religion, there is NO GOD! Khushwant Singh, over the decades, has built up a reputation for coming up with something new and controversial in each book, and he does not disappoint his readers this time too. He begins with a chapter on the ‘need for a new religion – without God’, in which he questions the relevance of God. He then moves on to describe how religion has proved to be more harmful than beneficial and, in the process, debunks astrologers and the breed of so-called ‘godmen’. However, he is not dismissive of religion. Through his lucid writing, he brings out the beauty and significance of holy books such as the Bhagvad Gita, the Quran and the Granth Sahib. He provides relevant extracts to highlight the poetry and the music in such books. The author next tries to dispel the prejudices held by many non-Muslims against their Muslim compatriots by giving down-to-earth examples. He also emphasizes the importance of the Ramzaan fast. Khushwant Singh’s description of the life and times of Guru Nanak and Guru Gobind Singh and his in-depth analysis of the Granth Sahib throw new light on a particularly troubled period in India’s history. The chapter devoted to the interaction of the author (a confirmed agnostic) with the Dalai Lama (probably the world’s most renowned spiritual leader) makes for fascinating reading. Here’s one book containing a wealth of knowledge and information that you would want to read or consult again and again.

The Myth of American Religious Freedom

The Myth of American Religious Freedom Book
Author : David Sehat
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2011-01-14
ISBN : 9780199793112
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In the battles over religion and politics in America, both liberals and conservatives often appeal to history. Liberals claim that the Founders separated church and state. But for much of American history, David Sehat writes, Protestant Christianity was intimately intertwined with the state. Yet the past was not the Christian utopia that conservatives imagine either. Instead, a Protestant moral establishment prevailed, using government power to punish free thinkers and religious dissidents. In The Myth of American Religious Freedom, Sehat provides an eye-opening history of religion in public life, overturning our most cherished myths. Originally, the First Amendment applied only to the federal government, which had limited authority. The Protestant moral establishment ruled on the state level. Using moral laws to uphold religious power, religious partisans enforced a moral and religious orthodoxy against Catholics, Jews, Mormons, agnostics, and others. Not until 1940 did the U.S. Supreme Court extend the First Amendment to the states. As the Supreme Court began to dismantle the connections between religion and government, Sehat argues, religious conservatives mobilized to maintain their power and began the culture wars of the last fifty years. To trace the rise and fall of this Protestant establishment, Sehat focuses on a series of dissenters--abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, socialist Eugene V. Debs, and many others. Shattering myths held by both the left and right, David Sehat forces us to rethink some of our most deeply held beliefs. By showing the bad history used on both sides, he denies partisans a safe refuge with the Founders.