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ALL THE BEST OF INGERSOLL'S ADDRESSES.
Colonel Ingersoll's lectures.
_ Reprinted Verbatim from the American Complete Editions.
12. Intellectual Development.
13. Reverence; and an Address at
a Child's Grave.
14. Some Reasons Why; and Chi
15. Modern Thinkers.
16. Arraignment of the Church.
17. Liberty of Man, Woman, and
18. Orthodox Theology.
1. Mistakes of Moses.
5. What must we Do to be Saved?
6. Heretics and Heresies.
7. Reply to Dr. Talmage.
9. Gods—Part I. 10. Gods—Part II. n. Personal Deism Denied.
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THE CONFESSION OF AGNOSTICISM.
Trying to place in order certain pieces of the puzzle of life, I find two considerable fragments apparently dissimilar and unsuited for junction. It has been customary to view each of these, not as a part of a connected whole, but as independent and complete in itself. To attempt to join them together, in any way, has often been described as a hopeless task. Few would care to espouse the cause of both; yet each, in turn, has been highly praised. For to walk by faith in the unseen, and not, in any degree, by sight, was once considered the most exemplary of courses. Again, to walk by sight alone, distrusting or ignoring faith altogether, has, of late, become more fashionable. It has, in the past, been thought highly proper to say that this world is "a fleeting show, given for man's illusion," while the counter assertion, that it is unquestionably the best of all possible dwelling-places, has had its day. But the theory that both of these descriptions are accurate has little acceptance, has no prophet of more than village fame, and is hard to be understood. Put briefly, however, it comprehends our Agnosticism.
We are all Secularists, more or less devoutly. Every one of us is, in some degree, a practical utilitarian. However exalted and boundless the field of our philosophic survey, we must, sooner or later, descend from our observatory tower, humbly to partake of the supper prepared for us below. It may be that man liveth not by bread alone; but bread is, nevertheless, a necessity for all of us. And the degree in which we are thus, more or less, keenly Secularists in our daily life varies according to the cogency of our other beliefs or persuasions and the extent to which they engross our attention. But it is only on paper that men can afford to disdain the present necessity.