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Robert Green Ingersoll writings we could study for the next meeting:

From: reasoner
Sent on: Monday, September 24, 2012 10:49 PM

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 criticism.

This weekend, on the Voice of Reason, I read this excerpt about 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 prophecies.
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.   Don K

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