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I’ll be giving a speech in honor of Robert G. Ingersoll ( at the Peoria Library North Branch (3001 W. Grand Pkwy) at 1:30pm. I’ll be speaking on Ingersoll’s influence on me and what he might say of the world of today, in honor of local humanists who with this very event are inaugurating a Robert Ingersoll lecture series. I’ll be selling & signing my books. And we might go out for drinks after.

Dear Friends of Humanism and Progressive Values:

The Robert G. Ingersoll Lecture Series would like to announce the first annual ROBERT INGERSOLL LECTURE.

Those familiar with Robert Ingersoll know what a “Free Thinker” he was over 100 years ago. To honor him and his heritage, we needed a special speaker who could adequately represent Ingersoll's progressive and challenging views. We needed to find someone who, like Ingersoll, challenges the popular beliefs of the culture.We are pleased to announce that we have obtained Dr. Richard Carrier as our speaker for the first ROBERT INGERSOLL LECTURE SERIES.

We need your help to raise sufficient funds to cover Speaker Fees and Publicity. Any excess will go to next year’s promotion.

Do you support the legacy of Robert Ingersoll? If so, donate what you can to be a part of the first annual ROBERT INGERSOLL LECTURE SERIES.

To donate with a credit card go to:

Thanks in advance. We look forward to seeing you on July 30 at the Peoria North Branch Public Library.


Dr. Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Dr. Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention.

With a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, he specializes in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire. He is also a published expert in the modern philosophy of naturalism as a worldview. He is the author of:

On the Historicity of Jesus

Proving History

Sense and Goodness without God

Science Education in the Early Roman Empire Not the Impossible Faith

Why I Am Not a Christian

Hitler Homer Bible Christ

On the Historicity of Jesus

Dr. Carrier is a contributor to The Empty Tomb, The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, and Christianity Is Not Great, as well as copious work in history and philosophy, online and in print.

He is currently working on several projects, but also teaching affordable online courses in secular philosophy, history, and methodology at The Secular Academy, and blogging and speaking about history, philosophy, feminism, and other moral causes, as well as his past in the military.