Perhaps one or two, or all, would introduce everyone to Ingersoll
sufficiently. We could then decide whether to consider further
Ingersoll readings, or move on to another author. They aren't very
long essays. I left out the most aggressive criticisms of the Bible
or of Calvinism, etc, in the interest of more positive ideas, as
that seems more humanistic to me. He is more passionate about such
This weekend, on the Voice of Reason, I read this excerpt about
WHAT IS SUPERSTITION?
To believe in spite of evidence or without evidence.
To account for one mystery by another.
To believe that the world is governed by chance or caprice.
To disregard the true relation between cause and effect.
To put thought, intention and design back of nature.
To believe that mind created and controls matter.
To believe in force apart from substance, or in substance
apart from force.
To believe in miracles, spells and charms, in dreams and
To believe in the supernatural.
The foundation of superstition is ignorance, the
superstructure is faith and the dome is a vain hope. Superstition
is the child of ignorance and the mother of misery.
In nearly every brain is found some cloud of superstition