Selected Interviews with Robert G. Ingersoll, Volume 1 cover

Selected Interviews with Robert G. Ingersoll, Volume 1

Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899)

1. Orators and Oratory
2. How To Become An Orator
3. My Belief and Unbelief
4. A Reply to the Rev. L. A. Banks
5. Mrs. Van Cott, The Revivalist
6. Reply To Chicago Critics
7. Miracles and Immortality
8. Psychical Research and the Bible
9. Blasphemy
10. This Century's Glories
11. Divorce
12. The Sunday Laws Of Pittsburg
13. The Oath Question
14. Ingersoll and Beecher
15. District Suffrage
16. Reply To The Christian Endeavorers
17. Mr. Beecher, Moses and the Negro
18. Sunday A Day Of Pleasure
19. Hades, Delaware and Free Thought
20. A Reply To The Rev. Mr. Lansing
21. Free Trade and Christianity
22. Beaconsville, Lent and Revivals
23. My Belief
24. Labor Question and Socialism
25. Athiesm and Citizenship
26. Funeral of John G. Mills and Immortality
27. Religion In Politics
28. Shakespeare and Bacon
29. Political and Religious
30. The Interviewers

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A controversial lecturer, brilliant lawyer, and arguably the most famous orator of the mid to late 1800's, Ingersoll railed against the absurdities of the Bible and cruelties of Christianity, particularly the horrific notion of "eternal damnation". He tirelessly supported the arts, education, science, women’s rights, abolition, home, family, children, and human liberty. As a leader of the Freethought movement, his creed was: “Happiness is the only good, Reason the only torch, Justice the only worship, Humanity the only religion, and Love the only priest.” He was often attacked in the press. Here are 30 published interviews in which Ingersoll spoke extemporaneously, bitingly, sometimes hilariously, on a wide range of topics with newspaper reporters of the day. (Compiled from The Works Of Robert G. Ingersoll, Volume 8, Dresden Edition, Pub. 1900.