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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1Ir f 1fd t BLUE GRA BLADEIIIeIlatIeel L 1p t Ist ideWEAIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH t r VOLUME XV NUMBER 28 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY OCTOBER 14 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 8150 A YEAR IN ADVANCE iiiiHARVEST MADE 8Y JUt UKllVf KtAPtB lobe Scythe of lime Falls Heavily Upon Two of Americas Well Known freethinkers i r E roote Sr and M J Cunning STRUGGLE ENDED AND BOTH LAY UOWH TO ETERNAL REST By DU J WILSON Dr E B Foote Sr Nothing iu his life became him like the leaving of it The summons cauio and lie wrapped the drapery of his couch about him t lay down to pleasant dreams Wheth er death bo extinction or whether it be t waiting room in which we rube selves for immortality we know not Ills duty lay us he saw it in making the most of this life and in helping i others to make the most of it The rewards of Heaven did not tempt him and the fears of hell did not daunt f only was his guide and to Hu inanity oiny was he rcbpoiuible His was a lifo of study application demonstration and practical usefulness l ills motives were always large and us piringand he was a Humanitarian by instinct and in the highest sense While seeking to benefit himself ho ho was equally assiduous in bcnefittiug humanity The humane impulse seem ed ground into every liber of his being No other man in this country I be have has done more to advance the cause of Liberalism and to free the hu man mind than ho This is saying a good deal but I can make plain this fact All the proof necessary is the perusal of his medical books a half million or more of which havo been distributed and each of which has been read on the overage by two or three people They loneyintfumilies The women 4principally read ami copse have reached the minds most needed to be informed and liberat edAside from their medical instruction they treat of tho social and sexual rein tions improvement of humanity mar riage divorce and religion Thus the reader is led by his medical instruction into a higher knowledge of self and nature and especially of his re lation to creeds and religion No woman of superior mental qual ifications could read his book and not learn to think for herself and many thousands have written to Dr Foote expressing their thanks and gratitude for the enlightenment ho has been to them His has been an intellectual labS or that has counted Besides ho has always stood in the front as a financial help to tho cause No worthy effort has ever been promul gated that he has not liberally sustained and openarmed hospitality has ways welcomed tho Liberal pilgrim who has come to his door His personality has ever been a stim ulant to tho cause He has been looked to and venerated as a patriarch among us Ho was an inspiration to the young man More than once a kind and ap preciative word from him has awakened enthusiasm in me when I greatly ed encouragement His labor for Liberalism has extended over a period of fifty years and tho work and good ho has done cannot be attained to proportions of an international character Ho was well known to Liberals of foreign coun tries and in touch with many of tho greatest scientific minds Personally Dr Footo was most genial and companionable Ho was fond ol nature and of poetry was full of hum or liked n joke and a merry twin klo in his eye You felt the warmth of his presenen at once like coming in out of tho cold and standing before a big cannon stove Ho was truly a superior nun read every one was so impressed who came in contact with him and little can we afford to lose such as he Only those who have rend his books can know and appreciate how great a mind was his His death has touched me with pro found sadness I dont like to see old fellows go These shaggy old oaks are tho grandest trees in the forest Though mossgrown some of them and withered of limb still they retain a stateliness a dignity anti dimensions that command our lasting pride and ad last year Death strick h en somo of pur grandest and loftiest down among the many C C Moore Peter Eckler Dr York Capt Henry Felix Oswold Dr Wetmoro and now Dr years more and most of the great leaders and workers whose names are familiar to nil through their writings which have so often delighted and instructed us will bo gone N F Gris wold Judge Waite Moncuro D Conway J Shaw Singleton W Davis Spencer Ellis Moses Harman D K Tcnny Tlmddens B Wakeman Otto Wettstein Dr T J Bowles Channing Severance E W Clmmberlnin Dr Croffut B1Undrwood W II Mapto and many others high in our ranks wlll bo no more And when these great oaks which have made tho forest so majestic and grand fallen it seems to mo that their placs will not soon again be filled We younger sprouts do not sem to bo of the same fibre and growth But if our cause is to live and grow wo must learn of these of their sacri pees of their persistency of their faith fulness and devotion to Justice and to truth of their invincible wills and un conquerable tones What grand he Kapes they havo loft to ua Not all tho resources of Rocke feller or tho Rothchilds could effect the tho progress or produce the future har vests which they have sown And so because of their inspiration their conspicuous individuality their learning and wisdom their strengthand example I am always saddened when old folks go and feel that some thing has departed from life that can ribver be replaced With Dr Foote age was not all de cay It is tho ripening tho swelling- of flesh lifo within that withers and bursts husk He kept young at heart and tho sunset of life seemed to give him mystical love Tho ripness of wisdom in him was like th oldest sandal tree which emits tho most fragrance His was a full life rich with honors and complete with success and the de votion of friends The philosophy which sustained through all the years of his viril IlanhC9d sustained Jlill4inflp th hiB ll Continued on page Four HOW HE FOOLED HIS RELATIVES An Insane Mans Idea of How he Would Trick an Intolerable Family at the Judgment Day Would not be there From a friend we have received a dipping which gives tho following count of an experience a visitor to one jf our lunatic asylums had with a tient It was at a dance and approaching one of the patients our visitor said You look very pale I hope that dance hasnt been too much for you t Pale was the reply I should think am pale Did you ever see a dead man wasnt t Dead Youre not dead Been dead sir as dead as a doornail for the last ten years Thinking it best to humor him the visitor asked him what complaint he was tho reply Worry sir hats what did it For half my lifeI time I was nagged at right and left by every member of my family Lifo was not worth living They were always at it And constant worrying did for mo at last Im sorry to hear that It was very unkind of your relatives Yes butl1nd his face brightened up at tho thought of itbut Im go ing to get even with them yet Ah Ive one them if they only knew itt Wait till they find outl They wont know for a bit yet though Not When will they discover itt At tho Last Day Tho Last Day Yes you see its like this When the undertakers lied put my coffin in the hearse they went back into tho house to have a glass o beer While they were there I slipped out of tho coma anlI leered off And they never knewlll1l atheynever knewhot holtIleI never know that they were burying nn empty coffin That was ten years ago Since then my relatives have all died and been buried two on top o mo re on either side I say sir hal ha I say you see how Ive got the best of them t No Cant say that I do WIlY sir ho hol Dont you see when they nil get upon tho Last Day what dd fools theyll look when they find that Im not there FORGOTTEN ADULTERY I IS GRAVE OF CALVIN FROM INSPIRED BOOK Murderer of Servetus Finds no Abiding Place in the Hearts of His Country menHis Church Cold and Forbidden VOLTAIRE REMEMBERED IN A FAR DIFFERENT WAY By WILLIAM CURTIS Tho most eminent citizens of Geneva were John Calvin and Voltaire and it is a pity that they were not of the same generation instead of living more than two centuries apart What a scrap ping there would have been in theology if they had lived at the samo time And what a joint debate might have been arranged Each was the greatest con troversalist of his generation perhaps of any generation and no two men were ever or could be farther apart in their views of religion their morals maxims or manner of life It isa remarkable fact that although Geneva considers John Calvin the most celebrated of all her citizens his burial place has been forgotten nobody can find his grave or where his long sulfer ing wife and his little boy were laid There is not a monument or a statue or even a bust of the great reformer in the Protestant Rome which tained that title because of him though I believe a fund to pay for a monument is being raised There is an oil portrait hanging in tho public library said to havo been painted from life and said to have been painted from life The only act of remembrance tho only apparent honor that tho peo plo of Geneva have bestowed upon him is to give his name to a narrow little street Rue do Calvin is one of their humblest streets however and would not havo borno his name but for tho fact that he lived thereICold and Forbidding ChurchI Sibiuan will take you to theI 5iuftTlkte7lfrct psecr 5dttr99- an imposing edifice A bright young woman daughter of the verger will tell you all about it and will show you a chair in which he sat in the pulpit before and after his sermons The terior of tho church is as cold and forbidding as the theology and the seats are as hard and straight as his life On tho other side of the street is a litI tle church in which John Knox the great Scotch reformer preached for soy eral years and that fact is recorded upon a marble tablet Imbedded in theI walls The municipal ollicials have marked all historical houses in a similar manner There is another tablet a few doors distant which tells you that Liszt the great pianist lived there Calvin resided onlya few steps from his church tablet says that hisj home was torn down in 1700 and theI present building was erected the fol the same site withlowing year upon tho same materials It is now occupied by tho Bureau do Salubrite tho spector of milk meats fish and tables Francis Gruffat Dealer in Com bustibles en Gros et Detail lives next door which is quite appropriate for Calvin himself was a wholesale dealer in combustibles of the very fierciest quality For Religious Education Although he was a very unlovely char acter there are little touches of pathos hero and there in his life and the mount of work that ho accomplished shows almost incredible versatility and industry It has been declared that his record of intellectual activity is un unsurpassed by that of any historical personage and he has undoubtedly exer influence upon the mor cised a greater als and intellectual progress of his agl without referring to his theological views than any other man who ever lived George Bancroft eulogizes Calvin as tho father of popular education and tho inventor of free schools and says that his influence directly created the North American colonies The Pilgrims of Plymouth ho says were Calvinists The best inflences in South Carolina came from the Calvinists of France William Penn was tie disci plo of tho Hugenots The ships that fisrt brought colonists to Manhattan were filled with Calvinists And yet there are some vents in his make shudder I believe lifo that you he is the only man who ever sent an in timate friend to tho stake because they differed on points of theology Concern this friend ho wrote Ho Servetus offers to come hither if it bo agreeable to me But I am un Continued on page Four Did N Restrain Parson Reynolds From Debiting His Wife and Eloping LIKE HetLIdON WOMAN HE HAD LEFT fWhet whole system of Christianity is built upon inspired adultery it is not to be wondered at that ministers of the gospel will desert their wives elope tithanother woman commit the crime of false swearing in order to se cure marriage license and wind up in is tho fate that bcfel Rev Gr L Reynolds pastor of the First Baptist Church at Fassett Pa a suburb of EII mire N Yand his eloping paramour Miss Clara E Ware who was formerly an organist in his church The guiltI pair were arrested in Columbus Ohio Wednesday October 5th last and wereI held in durance vile to await whatever action Mrs Reynolds might choose to take in the premises Upon being arrested the preacher broke down and as usual in all such cases gave a flimsy excuse He readily admitted his crime laid the whole trouble at the door of his deserted wife by accusing her of extreme jealousy as to make his life miserable in which he was liberally assisted by tho woman he had eloped with then cried out I know I have done wrong but I cannot explain iL Mere the erring parson admits that he knew he had done wrong Then he must have known it at the time he began it Knowing his act to be wrong he did not refrain or hesitate but calmly knowingly and deliberately coinmited the act In spite of tho fact that his calling had impelled him to rail against adultery that having married ho had accord injtlhisicrccd made a vow be Jr 9illialtytfk do 11o his wife till death forsaking all others ho forsook his wife and hung too close to another woman which is a forceful and powerful argument against tho re straining inlluenees socalled of the Christian religion As for the woman well she seemed to rather enjoy the notoriety she had acquired evidently thought noth of being put in prison for running away with another womans husband for upon being arrested she delivered herself of following- I love Lester and do not regret what have done Under different circumstances those words might have been tinged with heroism but in this case it simply brands her as a bawd willing to sacri fice her womanly purity cause suffering another and all to gratify her own ambitions and desires Looking at this matter in another light it might be said that if Parson Reynolds could not get along with his wife he could have agreed with her upon a separation Failing in that he could have acted the part of n man He could have told her plainly that he was going away who he was going with where he was going to and what lie intended to do when ho got there Then again the preacher need not have lied in order to marry the woman he eloped with The dispatches say that Reynolds secured his license to wed from the Columbus Probate court on Sept 21 and at that time swore the bride sects name to bo Clara Esther Clark that her fathers name was John B Clark lIe also made oath that he had not been previously married and that his home was at Deposit N Y After this he secured employment t chicken faun taking Mrs Reynolds No2 with him through which he was foundand arrested Adultery and lying seem to be the predilections of this eminently Christian divine The two usually go together s likely that another church will take him and he will go back to preaching again He could find a convenient text from tho snake episode in the garden of Eden for in trying to explain why he toted in such a manner he said My wife was extremely jealous and threatened to expose actions of mine which she regarded as wrong This girl ama into my life We came away gether Judging from this Reynolds had an abundant share of old Adam nature in him for when confronted with his crimes ho sought refuge in tho argu cent Sho did it It may be that his wife had good reasons for feeling jeal roe and from what he has now done it + nwTwllr w would appear that she had No doubtI Mrs Rcyonlds considered such action wrong and under the circumstances she would have a perfect right to ex pose him for being a professed hypo erite by teaching one thing and practic ing exact opposite Now what about tho deserted wifet Poor woman she excuses her erring hus band by alleging that sho believed him insane and that while he had threatens to run away with Miss Ware sho did not believe him but had to realise tho sad truth when it dawned upon her that he had gone and Miss Ware had gone with him One of the worst features is that Miss Ware or Mrs Reynolds No2 join Parson Reynolds in laying the blame on Mrs Reynolds No Acquiescing in what Reynolds told tho police sho added Mrs Reynolds was of a jealous temperament and made life unpleasant whenever ho looked at another woman Here is the milk in tho cocoa nut Tho parsons paramour admits that he was in tho habit of looking at another woman and doubtless Miss Ware was one of them This too in spite of tho fact that Parson Reynolds had been compelled to read and discourse upon tho text which declares that if nny man lookcth upon a woman with a de sire to have carnal knowledge ho hath already committed adultery in his heart and is therefore guilty And if thC parson was in the habit of looking upon another woman it might not have been long assuming they not beet caught before Miss Ware would have found herself in the same predicament as Mrs Reynolds No 1 Would Miss Ware under the same conditions hay exhibited a jealous temperament We opine she would for does she not declare that loved Lester If her love for him gave her the right to take him away from his first wife would not another woman loving him have the same right to take him from Miss Ware And could Miss Ware complain t Evidently both prisoners now realise that tho way of the transgressor is harm and tho end is not yet DDflESS TOBLADES FRIENDS AND FOES More Interesting Talk Upon the Question of a National Organiza tion and Why we should all Unite By A LUTTERMAN We have struggled in vain to over come all difficulties and organize as Freethinkers and unito as friends to dethrone our opponent Superstition The Blade of September 23rd describ ed my views fully on organization how ever in the first place we will hold co all I would suggest to unite with the understanding that the Bible is but a creation of human fiction and that heaven and hell are only myths Front these sources wo may branch out and still unite as an army of Freethinkers if reason and investigation is our guide I do not fully agree with Blade where he says that our life is just what wo make it for we are not commanders of our thoughts but commended by them we have no choice to believe or disbelieve at will but are controlled by our intellect and It is our guide re the servants Tho reason wo have different views on organization is be cause wo live in different localities of different environments and societies If wo could all join the Church of Human ity and become qualified members then there would be no need of Laving an additional organization of liberal classes But as it is the Blade readers not all qualified to become graduates of that church therefore it is necessary to organize as a band of Freethinkers and make the Blade tho official organ of a liberal society and I dont see why Editors Publishers of liberal classes opposes our efforts in uniting as liberals through the medium of Blade I do not mean to say to exclude tho Free thought Press from our society but rather create a demand for reform erature by continuously advertising their publication in the Blade I wish that nil those who are in sympa thy with me on this subject would freely express their views and submit the Blade and I have no doubt if we are honest in our conviction that the results will freely shape in such a manor to join as members of n liberal so ciety that will do food for thin world I will close now and let others take the space more worthy than I let us keep tho ball on rolling and share up our enthusiasm that will result In victory BIBLE NOT THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD r Says Bishop Williams of the Church May be Another TrialtFor Heresy and the BladerHopes There will FURTHER EVIDENCES OF UNBE LIEF CREEPING INTO CHURCH For many years the Freethinkers of tho world have argued that the Bible is not tho word of God and for proof they have pointed to the Bible itself A careful persual of its pages would be enough to convince any intelligent per son of that fact It cannot bo the word of God nor could it have been written or compiled by men under an inspiration from God rime Bible itself paints too horrible a picture of its deity to justify such a belief and yet it is neither worse nor better than the character of other said similar deities who have both pre retiedand followed him Reasoning people have long ago carded the Bible us an authority upon any subject and this heresy is rapidly creeping into tho church and seizing on the minds of its prelates Not so very long ago a Dr Crapsey of tho Episcopal church was denounced as a heretic tried and so adjudged by an ecclesiastical court of last resort cause he had questioned nest important Bible doctrines and now through a newspaper clipping sent to tho Blade by W H Burnham of Wisconsin we learn that Bishop Charles D Williams of tho Episcopal diocese of Michigan in an ad dress to the Young Mens Christian As sociation at Detroit told his hearers that tho Bible was not Gods word and that ho had never so taught it but had carefully refrained from teaching such doctrine To be consistent Bishop Williams should now be charged with heresy and subjected to a trial If he is not Jjndthe Episcopal authorities L cthe matter pass unnoticed tho lade will bo disappointed for it desires to see all progressive men out of the church and working in vineyard of human ity instead of in the temples of Chris sanity As a matter of fact Bishop Williams does not belong in tho church lie is too liberal too broadminded and too intelligent a nun to longer remain there 1ij That our readers may know what he has said on this subject wo reproduce the following from the news item sent Bible Not Gods Word Says Bishop Williams Detroit Mich OctBishop Clms D William of the Episcopal diocese of Michigan in an address to Young Mens Christian Association members here Sunday on The Bible and the Word of t God declared that the Bible was not the word of God and that the teachingilto the contrary were the most prolific source of unbelief the churcch has contend with toIThe ltishopsaid i Nowhere does the Bible declare it t self the word of God Yet wo are told wo must take it in its entirety It is a venerable museum and visitors are quested not to touch it As it is the direct word of God we are told there is no other Take the young man just out of college Ho roads Genesis and finds impossible geology astronomy and ethnology His notching says when questioned Manipulate it until it fits your sciences If too honest to handle the word of God craftily the young man gives up the Bible lIe refuses to stulti his reason The Biblo needs no defense all it needs is a square deal There are those who read it devoutly diligently But I never say the Bible is the word of God I say the Dibble sail tho word of God To those who accept tho entire books literal work of God I would point out that it is nowhere so stated Christ tore asunder the Old Testament precepts the law of Moses and furnish ed new ones Where tho Old Testament directed men to hate their enemies the teachings of Christ were to lore ones enemies We must learn from scriptures how to read the scriptures Some of us use it as a heathen does his fetish or amulet a wicked use of tho book 1285 TO BIRMINGHAM RETURN VIA QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE Tickets on sale from Lexington Oct ober 15th and 15th with return limit October 21st Privilege of extension to agents November for particulart THE BLUE GRASS LS YIPublished at Lexington Kentucky Every Founded and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up to his death February 1000 s JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES Jy mail 150 per car in advance k Trial subscription cents month All foreign postpaid 200 per year 1i Five new subscribers sent one remittance at 100 per year each ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character accepted will bo published 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COMMUNICATIONS to THE BLUE GRASS BLADE P 0 Box 303 Lexington Ky I It is your move r a r e r Some new subscribers would help a r r a s The church has ever detracted from progress a a a a MAccording to theology it must be either bliss or blisters r a a a a Religion is full of thuuderboxes lightnings and bogus terrors a a a a ii For the Blades success on its new venture we must depend on you a a a a a Time was when the ministry was venerated now- it is a byword and a reproach a a a a r In the Secular world a protestant fraud is as bad as a Catholic humbug Where s the difference Cama a r r r So live that you can look any ilurned mijn in the face and tell him to go clean plumb toerlIele- na r a a a a Having got a glimpse of Roosevelts big stick of course Cuba is going to be good Shes got to thats all a a a a r Theology believes in punishment on the install ment plan but to cut off a dogs tail an inch at a etimemakes it no easier on the dog Most men assert they arc free yet they willingl become the most abject and pitiful slaves to the party lash and readily swallow time bolus a a a aa God is eternal declares time religionist but after all he must share eternity with the slightest speck of dust swimming in a sunbeam It too is eternal a a a a r As an evidence that religion especially the Chris tian brand and business wont mix we have yet to find a church deacon who could get a loan from a bank upon the uuctuousity of his Amen a a a a a The purists are making progress but slowly for while they labor hard and long for the conserva 1ttion of virtue they have neglected seeking for the j causation of vice Once found the remedy is not far off r a a a a 0IIf the laborer is ever to find a in this land or any other he must cease allowing himself to be swayed through the heart instead of the head lie must use reason more and sentiment less a a a a a The chief priests and Leyites still worship at shrine of Mammon and they give encouragement to the professional bank wreckers protective tariff beneficiaries and the sworn enemies of labor Of such is the kingdom of heaven r a a a a H We note the comment made by Higher Science in y regard to our opinion concerning the HumanitariflnI Review upon the question of candid The Blade did not believe the case was half as bad as it is made to appear a a a a a Among the pulpiteers there are thousands pos sessed of such seldom brains that all they have to boast of could be successfully blown through a straw into the eye of a mosquito without even mak ing pestiferous little insect wink a a a a a UInspite of the fact that labor is cribbed cabinet confined by the most unnatural conditions it creates wealth every year to properly feed clothe educate and comfortably house very human being who stands beneath the shadow of our flag r a a a a It is gratifying to note that while the American government has refused to admit the Chinese lab orer they have very properly placed his joss sticks a par with articles of religious worship pertain Ion to other systems The Board of United States appraisers at time Port of New York has ruled that joss sticks being imported to this country from China do not come under the head of many factured articles and therefore subject to a duty of that class but were designated as incense and therefore were unemimcratcd Thus the joss worshippers may play with his sticks without a heavy burden of taxation And why should the Chinaman be taxed for his joss sticks when every church in the country isable to dodge the collec tori a a a a a HUMAN CONCEPTIONS OF SIN AND VICARIOUS ATONEMENT The Christian conception of sin now engraftc upon our system of jurisprudence is responsible for much misplaced energy and talent and the proficient cause of a mistaken idea concerning its origin and treatment This proposition was given a fore hie demonstration in Lexington Sunday last when according to the news reports Dean Capers or the Protestant Episcopal church is quoted as haying swill Mans consciousness of sin is measured bj the altars he has built and this consciousness fsin demonstrates the necessity of the plan of redemp tion In the first place it is necessary that we should determine what is meant by the term sin awl to what extent the human mind is influenced thereby The Christian explanation is totally inadequate to admit of a rational attempt at elucidation for it brings sin into the world at one fell swoop wherein perfection and a total freedom from sin had prey iously existed Christian theology teaches that originally sin came into the world through Adam That Adam was created perfect in the image or likeness of God That Adams sin consisted of sim pie disobedience in doing that which he had been forbidden to do by some superior power That by reason of this disobedient act sinfulness was trans mitted to all underneath posterity a curse placcc upon the world from which an act of murder cause a necessity in order to provide a method of re demption from that sin At the same time arm assured that the sane disobedient act also brought death into time world a state which was supposedly previously unknown- If we take up the thread of the argument at this point we arc compelled to draw the conclusion that an act to be a sin must be original that is it must find its motive and volition in the individual com mitting that act Philosophy has clearly demon strated that motives are in every case the causes of volition and the will must always be as the strongest motive God having created sin must necessarily be sinful or being powerless to prevent sin must surrender one of the principal attribute with which his votaries have clothed him To con dean posterity for the sinful act of an ancient pro genitor is clearly unjust and the Christian be wildercdjnofmattor from which spoint iie + ap proaches the question Discarding theology in such an inquiry and approaching it from a purely scientific basis we find that sin or crime when reduced to its finest analy sis is that act upon the part of any organism to wards another organism which is injurious to that other from that others point of view In its broad est sense this definition is too vague to be of much value for it opens up a wide and almost limitless field On the other hand did we narrow time defini tion down so as to be more explicit it must necessarily exclude some of the more lowly forms From this understanding of sin has cone that doctrine of self preservation which we are told was the first law of nature and this clearly docs not belong to man alone but is the common property of all animals It is also clear that primitive man could not make the distinction that we do between sin crime and wrongdoing or an act of war These combin ed made up for him the only kind of sin he knew of and for each and all he avenged himself as best lie could according to time limits of his individual impulses With this understanding of sin it seems impossi ble that any reasonably intelligent person could ar rive at a state or condition of consciousness wherein may plan or system of redemption could arise that would be sufficient and exist outside of the individual Vicarious atonement is foreign to law natural or statutory Forces that exist outside of lad beyond the individual cannot atone for individ ual sin It is a fundamental law of nature that man fees the consequences of his own acts that such consequences are inevitable and he has to meet them himself It may he a part of Gods plan to punish the innocent for the guilty but it is not in harmony with the best feelings of humanity and in this humanity revolts against the vicarious atonement and the Christian plan of redemption Tran scend a law of nature and nature inflicts her own punishment upon the transgressor not upon anoth r for him and permit him to escape Violate any part of the statutory law and the judicial tribunals inposc penalties upon the violator not upon inno cent persons Time Christian notion of regarding sin is wholly repugnant to every human feeling a travesty on justice and a deliberate trampling upon the equitable application of human rights Did a person owe any financial obligation and another person volunteered to liquidate that obliga tion the offered help being satisfactory to all persons interested obligation is discharged thereby and the debtor relieved Did man commit crime and a thousand Christs should perish on the cross thc entire aggregation could not relieve him from the responsibility of his act though they died for his sake The punishment would or might be put upon another but the moral responsibility would still attach to the person committing the crime It is in this that the Christian system is repugnant to reason in violation of every known p1 nci pIe of human justice and as such it must be ad udged to be unsound untrue and unworthy OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN Every Christian worshipper is called upon during his religious oblations whether in the public church or in the privacy of the home to repent what is commonly designated as the Lords Prayer said to have been given by Jesus to the faithful of his Hock For centuries this prayer has been repeated by rote not one in a thousand ever pausing long enough to consider the utter folly of it all and the meaningless phrases condensed into so much arrant nonsense It may be after that the fool says in his heart there is no god but usually those who profess to know it all goes and blabs it right out Mens acts deal altogether with the visible but their foolish prayers relate only to the intangible The first thing is to know what men do the next and more important is to know why they do it We may mount the hill of Mirza and from it view time tide of Time rushing ever into the illimitable sea we may be able to comprehend something of the meaning of the mighty farce tragedy that is being enacted on the bridge of Life but we can never know why seemingly intelligent men will continue to waste their time and energies in foolish prayer Doubtless you live read time story of the Desert ed Village If you have you will doubtless remember that the talented nutlor Inscribes is being the most learned and intellectual men in that village the parson and the doctor hose wo jot into miny a discussion anent theology nd at It si UK parson accuses the doctor of a quirid irreverence towards God by refusing to look upward mvwto the light The doctor is made to retort that ns time ason is constantly rolling IiiItyjs tom d le had developed the nictitating membrane callel tin third eyelid so common in fovs which tended to shut out not all the light but all the light th parson did not want It is a fundamental mifm that too much light is hurtful to weak eyes and in the same relation too much work is hurtful to weakened minds and intellects and it is such who prefer to spend their time in prayer hoping to gain something for nothing to acquire valuable rights without exertion Thus it is that the Christian world hope to reach the gates of the Now Jerusalem and enter in by merely reciting the Lords prayerj instead of deserving to go there by good actions Time opening of the prayer is an address a direc tion indicating that it is intended for a certain be ing namely Our Father who art in heaven None ever stop long enough to consider or even give the matter any thought whether or not the petition is ever delivered to time being to whom it is addressed The destination is somewhat vague It is said that some time ago a religious critic in Germany sent a postal card through the mails simply addressed to God in Heaven and the curd was returned to the writer officially stamped insuf ficiently addressed It was only too true The combined wisdom of all the governments of earth has not been able to determine the location of Heaven and none know what it would be like when they 4ft find its But wjiy designate tlmtboJ4iifis Our Father What has he done for mankind that would warrant such a title Docs he give or be stow upon one child of the race its daily bread without healthful labor There may be something in the argument that God helps those who help themselves but it is noted that the selfhelp must come first and when the object of the labor has been accomplished through self help why thank Got for it If man did not help himself would God take care of him Has God taken care of tint True indeed the Lord may provide but man has to point out the way to solve the problem of provision and production We frequently hem somebody say God help him and when the necessity arises for such a remark it is a case of Goodbye Man does not need a Father in Heaven Fathers needed on earth They are wanted here Not to the past but to the future man must look for the Saturnian age when the de mons of need and greed wll be exorcised and hum an love become the universal law Man must look to the fathers of earth and cease dreaming about imaginary fathers in heaven The former are capable of useful labor for the production of hunts sappiness hut the latter dependents upon mUll for their show of vain glory Not so very long ago a religiously inclined lady wrote the Blade saying that Freethinkers were dreamers and accused its editor of dreaming too much It may be true and probably is but we love to dream Life is a dream It is mystic wonderful and we know not when we sleep nor when where or how we shall wake We love to dream that this world will cease its vaporings of things celestial and turn its attention to things terrestial One eter nity waited for us to be born and smother waits to sec what we will do now we arc here Gazing upon thc irisate glory that seems to belt the world with jcauty the hope comes that in the years to be the theological storm clouds that oer shadow the mind of men will recede and dissipate themselves The Blade may not live to attain it neither may its present readers but he who strives for it though vanquished is still a victor In the struggle Frcethought may be wounded grievously yet by heroic endeavor and united fort her banner torn but flying shall be able to wave over and above the grave of religious tyranny a a a a a THE BRIDEGROOM CAME BUT The name of Miss Katherine Lang of Milwaukee Wisconsin deserves to be immortalized in poetry and prose We have read the arguments of the marriage reformers we have waded through the whichness and whatness of the advocates of free love and its kindred subjects but Miss Lang has delivered an argument that cannot be answered and if the great world of Femininity would but follow the example sure has set time divorce lawyer would have to take in his shingle and go out of business the divorce mills would cease to grind for lack of grist and the shameful Benedicts of the day would simply have to take to the woods Could her example be followed the domestic peace of the world would be increased Numerous exemplars have been pointed to for thin guidance of the race and nuumyof the alleged saints whose mimes lire enshrined in the various religions of time world are made shining stars in humanitys heaven they all pale in the presence of Miss Lang Her act was simple yet strong easy yet of great force and power commonplace yet it shines with a lustre the ages cannot dim She is great in a glory all her own From the loins of such a woman come the noblest and best of the race If it be lru that Romans nursed by a shewolf actually became demigods what might not Americans be when sprung from the loins of such a lioness According to time published accounts Miss Lang was engaged to be married It was no mere dream of sensuality of which the heaven of free love is hulit a truly practical affair She was willing to comply with the requirements of the law She was wooed und won Before giving utterance to that one word which has made many a man lose his identity and demand an introduction upon meet ing himself in the middle of the turnpike road she wanted to know that she was going to be the wife of a real man one worthy of the name She made n condition that her intended husband should meet her at the altar with the sum of 500 in the pockets of his carefully creased pantaloons On time appointed day Miss Lang went to the church to meet with her liege lord mud the 500 The intended hridgegroom put in his appearance but he failed to produce the cash Miss Lang thereupon flatly told him in the presence- of the assembled guests that she would not marry him and would have nothing more to do with him Now let us quote When he misled me to marry him she explnin ed I told him that ho must first show mo that he was able to support a wife by going to workand that he must further show that he was frugal by saving 500 which he must produce at the altar Recently he announced to me that he had saved that much and I agreed that the day of the wedding shrould be set Through mutual friends I learned that he had been working but little in the past year and that he wins deceiving me about the amount of money he heal savedI did not want the money I simply wanted him to show me that he was a man Right lucre the Blade wishes to extend its congratulations to Miss Lang and to the man who is finally able to prove that he is worthy of lien She was not mercenary It was her right to know for sure that she was the wife of a genuine man when the final words were spoken She recognized time fact that a real man neither idles away his time or lies about the condition of his hunk account If all American women were so exacting the divorce courts would stand idle their dockets empty and this would be a saving of money shame and dis grace Woman should at all times be just as deter mined that she is not linking her domestic fortunes with a mimic person who is unable to provide for her and her children Here is marriage reform with a vengeance and timefree i advocates are deprived of a very powerful weapon in their argument One of the principal troubles with the average young woman is that once she falls in love she imagines that the whole sheworld looks upon the object of her affections with the eyes she is using mud meditating upon how good and how nice he is Such a thing as failure upon his part seems impos gibe to her A few weeks later when it begins to lawn upon item mind that ho hasnt sufficient ability to replenish the larder it is too late If she is meet she accepts leer lute uncomplainingly but if she is possessed of spirit and above till the courage she consults a lawyer Were there more women like Miss Lang time inch pin in the logic of those who rail at the institution marriage would slip out and get lost a a a a a MUSIC AN INDEX TO CIVILIZATION iP Show us time music of a people or a race and we will point out to you their particular standard of civilization Time more crude the music the more barbarian the people It is a long stop from the tomtom and the tinkling plates of the savage to a modern orchestra yet the former are at the bottom of the scale and the latter at top while be tween them are the various gradations of instrumentation from which people derive the music that is most pleasing to them the only music they know of What man can find language that is sufficiently expressive to describe the effect that music has upon the human mind He who cannot fully appreciate good music is out of harmony with the spheres Music is a kind of unfathomable speech which riches enlivens and uplifts If there is such a thing as ever getting toward the edge of infinitude music will help to take us there Was it not time immortal Bard of Avon who said The near that has no music in himself Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds Is fit for treasons stratagems and spoils and ho spoke with a truth It is a recreation to mind and body It ninny come in martial airs or sweet soothing melody but it touches inspires all and the human heart makes a ready reply If the premises lucre laid down arc true we can- once perceive that the orthodox heaven is built upon a plan of simple and barbaric splendor The playing upon harps time tooting of horns com bined with a big eternal chorus of hallelujahs is the only music mentioned as existing in heaven Add to this a pair of No ten wings mind a crown another evidence of barbaric thought and you have the makeup complete No wonder there is neither marriage or giving in marriage in heaven Through il all the orthodox church appropriates the science of music claims its development as her own and declares in triumph that it is all from god and of J I 6god Vain fools Well indeed did George Elliot say God could not make Antonio Stradivaris violins without Antonio If music was from god and of god he would have given imperfect man perfec music and not leave man to develop it for himself Only as man hits drawn himself mvay from god has the quality and beauty of his music more fully more richly developed The claim was recently made that if every line of music composed for Christ and his church were removed there would be nothing in the art left wort retaining And this in the face of the iniiiicrou contentious the quarrels moot bickerings in so man orthodox churches about the playing upon an organ or the singing of a trained choir in some of the sec tarian churches Why it is not so very long ago that one of the strongest pillars in a Lexingtoi church of prominence withdrew his active support because the more progressive members of the con gregation purchased and installed an organ to nil in their Sunday worship Technically that church pillar was right There is too much real beauty in music to waste it in the propaganda of orthodox creeds and when it is known that men and women attend church more for the sake of the music than because of the sermons and prayer the church managers pander to the public passion and strives to build up on the music All mankind loves good music Here is key note for Nationalistic work AVhy not organize good societies provide first class music good sing ing and a first class speaker for time battle woul then be won No fear need be entertained for it perpetuation if such meritorious elements were in troduced Within u comparatively short space of time larger meeting places would have to bi secured mid civilizing influences would tale the place of church doctrine ETHICS OF RATIONALISM SUP ERIOR TO CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE Time principal doctrine of the Christian cult is selfabnegation Time Chief aim of Rationalism is to inculcate the principle of self control Between these elements there is a wide and impassable gulf Upon the former the entire Christiai system of morality has been built and upon the other lies the foundation of all there is to human morality as implied in Freethought There is little to be gained by assailing the former in that its failing has been clearly demonstrated by its incapacity for good hence it is with the latter that we now wish to deal in an effort to point out a method of attaining that condition of the mind wherein selfcontrol becomes the leading virtue It is written that Zopyrus the physiognomist said concerning the well known philosopher Time features of Socrates showed that he was stupid brutal sensual and addicted to drunken nessHistory records that when this statement was brought to Socrates he at once replied By nature I am addicted to all these sins and they were only restrained and vanquished by the continual practice of virtue This is the secret of moral success in a nutshell It is all summed up in that eloquent and forceful reply of Socrates In other words it means that the particular virtue one would like to have must be first assumed as already his then appropriated then to become a part of and live in the character of the individual No matter how great are your weakness or how much you may regret them as sume steadily and persistently their opposite until you acquire the habit of holding the loftier thought then to live it not in its weakness but in its wholesomeness and strength It is necessary however that the ideal sought be an oflicicnt faculty or quality not marred or deficient Time only way to reach or to attain to any lofty purpose is to bend ones self towards it with all ones might and we approximate it just in proportion to the intensity and the persistency of our effort to attain it It might be said that this sounds well and reads well on paper but it is impossible impracti cable But is it Suppose one tries it Some tiny sometime if you are excitable and nervous and inclined to fly oil at a tangent over some little noyance or trifling difficulty do not waste your time regreting this weakness and telling those you meet that you cannot help it Just assume the calm deliberate quiet composure which should characterize your ideal then persuade yourself that you are the opposite to that which you loin believed yourself You will be amazed to see time wondrous change its effects will produce This is the very essence of the principle of self control and at the same time it clearly establishes the fact that the salvation and improvement of man lies within him self Accomplish this and the church is fully answered in all things Attain it and Freethought has successfully engrafted itself upon the great plant of human life ABOUT THE MOORE BOOK So far the proposition suggested to publsh in book form a collection of the best theological writ ings of our late Editor C C Moore has met with a favorable response The number of approving letters we have received up to this time are far from sufficient to justify us assuming the burden of such an expense and we again ask our readers to give us an expression of their opinion The communication published in last weeks Blade from Dr J D Wilson concerning this sub ject ought to have weight with many Doctor Wil son knows better titan most men the nature and character of those writings which were published during Mr Moores palmiest lays when he was in full possession and enjoyment of a vigorous in tellect To be candid we agree with Dr Wilson in that neither Dog Fennel in the Orient or Behind the Bars really do Mr Moore justice in regard to his views on ratters religious Ills earlier writings most of which have been preserved in a scrap book arc more able to perpetuate his memory in tlu world of Freethought and link his name with tIll glorious immortals of the past Reader do not hesitate to say what you think about it The Blade is your forum We do not ask for any money until the book is completed and ready for mailing It it is published due notice will be given to all subscribers Time hook will cost one dollar each and we propose to print the name ol each subscriber on the cover in gold letters We want one thousand subscriptions but as soon as five hundred names have been received we will begin to publish the hook The man who makes the slightest attempt to unravel the arguments of modern preachers anent the unknown needs a hall of twine a piece of chalk and an inextinguishable torch if he hopes to ever be able to find his way out of the 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days I have betook myself to sleep held fast in the strong but soft embrace of sweet repose only to awake with half regret and take up the burden agian Healthy sleep and repose in death are much the same temporary otherioh1llonlast night and I am going back tonight and sometime my bark will sink and I cannot return but Icia not believe there is Gods or Devils over there waiting the doctors to pronounce inn lead Mr Hughes I want to marry an Infidel woman fortyfive or eighty years rld if you see such tell her to write t- omeI M LAWRENCE Christian Morality Roscoe Oliiolmt answer to the lot her entitled When noel Gets Mad iF Eph Shaw of Carbon Hill I will ay that there is no truth in thin article mhlishcd in Columbus Dispatch in egard to Judge Thomas C Roche I am ending you a Coshocton Age with full itcount of what he did Although he professed Christianity ho separated two families One Hotter who sued him for damages and he being assisted by nearly the whole bar won out on the damage suit but could not deny his in timacy with the woman His next chum was a married woman who got a divorce from her husband then Roche himself applied for a divorce while his wife was 4t away on a visit and he got it Thorn was considerable talk hut the two lat ter married could say norm of this t professed Christian hut as he is dead J I will not JOHN McFARLAND 5 F+++++++ + ++ + + r + JoJo t r I SELECTED ANDf i+Id Id +bI + + +d + + + + +F LIBERTY What man is them so hold that heashouldsa Thus and thus wily would I have sea tit For whether lying calm and beautiful Clasping the earth in love and throwing back smile of heaven from waves of nine thyst Or 5willdsIt bears the trade and navies of the world To ends of use and stern activity t Or whether lashed by tempests it gives way To elemental fury howls roars At all its rocky barriers in wild lust thingI t desolate shore Always it is the sea and all bowed down Before its vast anti varied majesty And so in vain will timorous men assay Io metes 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had passed into new hands and was no longer in Kentucky we concluded a new name was in order and called it The Tree Opinion After publishing it for three mouths by which time it had begun to show some signs of life Mr Moore starlet the Blade again and srange to say opened up his guns on The Free Opin ion which had so nobly come to hi b rescueI by welcoming the Bladi back into tho fold and by praising Mi both of us could not prosper bi y carrying the same list of subscriber we concluded to forgive Mr Moore and withdraw He had become so accustom ed to having a medium for the t pression of his ideas that a paper was necessary for his very existence and so we stopped and never said an thing t about it But for this change of af fairs the Free Opinion would have con tinned We got twentyseven new sub scribers the day we quit After this Mr Cunning always sup ported the Blade and freely in times of need lIe was contributedI icarry ill will nor permit between him and the cause Ho tool iiaprominent part in the defense of Mr Moore during his trial and imprison t ment serving as treasurer of the Com i Cunning was a successful busi Ir ness man and at his death had ucquir ed a handsome competency He a gentleman through and through and re 4 garded by all in the highest esteem y There was a point to every thing he 7said His judgment seemed to be preme in everything ills language was 4always chase and clean Often have I submitted an article tc him and invariably he would point out the strongest points which had escaped me Many of the shrewd sayings of Mr Cunning have I put into my lines His funeral was an event of local im portance in Cincinnati There was a large attendance and by a very superior class of pople the majority of cours- being Christians The services were conducted jy myrili and Rev Hirbert S Billow the Congregational mis ter wnosi church is open to everyiii ion flln Agnosticism Freethouyhr and Socialism down to tho Salvation army Mr Bigelow read the speech of Soc rates to his judges after the sentence of death had been pronounced and also paid a fine personal tribute saying among other things We can only judge of how happy and just the whole world would be by imagining everyman to be as Mr Cunning In addition to a personal tribute I delivered the address I gave ut the grave of Mrs Williamson The proceedings and sentiments were new to nearly all present and many were the expressions of surprise and ap proval which followed Nearly every one said it was the finest funeral they had ever attended and the undertaker ac customed only to Christian funerals said he had never attended one so nat ural and impressive and in which not a person stirred from his place to the end Besides he was charmed with the addresses which were in pleasing con trast with those he was accustomed to hearing This was the verdict of all and the impression left did much to ad vance the cause of Liberalism in this city I do not mention this because of 1j the part I took but for the purpose of influencing all liberals to see to it that such shall be the ceremony over them selves There is no opportunity afford ed us like this to spread our influence and belief and in which we can comn in personal contact with Christians and get their hearing If you cannot get a Liberal to officiate prepare your own addresses You can clip from the ad dresses you read in the papers and add to it whatever personal mention you may want to make There can be no cuse made by the Liberal who does not t r thus provide against his burial byi clerg mnnIMr Cunning will be greatly missed by the Liberals of Cincinnati and none will miss him more than I THE HISTORYOF RELIGION Many Jesuses and Many Fathers Both Good and Bad Looking For Jus Leaders of the People By SUSAN J PECK As there were many Jesuses and many Christs many Sons of God and many Sous of Men so too there were many Fathers many kings stud man emperors called gods and as the word god originated in the word guide or its equivalent the fact that a king was called a god did not insure to the people a just reign and as the people insti gated by leaders strove to decide which of their Christs were true and which were false they also contended regard ing the truth or greatness of their gods or kings Those who were just were re membered as good gods while those who were unjust were understood tc be bad or false gods In the arts those who excelled the genuises were called the Fathers the gods or guides day we call them the masters and their methods were followed and their aid sought even after their demise Those whose purpose was to lead the people astray often changed the meaning of the names or titles of the guides who had passed from life making name or title that in one age is signified goodness or justice appear to mean the exact opposite in another as for exam pIe the name Lucifer which at one time meant only Light Bearer but was afterwards changed to mean darkness or Satan so that now we have the two opposite meanings Those change were made that there might be greater excuse for strife and accounts for the many attributes accredited to some gods or guides whose titles should hull rate a less changeable character thougl many there were whose moods wen variable and under those leaders the nations sects and denominations each claiming its guide the only true one persecuted and destroyed those who dif fered with them In separating the acts and teaching of the different persons to whom was given the title Jesus I will begin with ono who was called also the Son Man and whom the people had en from their ranks to be their adviser teacher and representative because they found him to be just But first I will again remind you that the records of the lives of all of them are mingled and in order to give any one of them I must quote from all four of the gos pels the remaining books of the New Testament the Psalms and occasional the Old Testament often using only a part of a passage and for the present omitting those passages which compost the allegory The first important count of the one of whom I now write for his geneology is not given I find in Matt iv 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the king dom of selfcontrol and freedom of Con science and healing all manner of sick ness though not all cases among the people For he like many in our time as in all times was a healer Matt I At the same time came the disciple unto Jesus saying Who is is greatest in the kingdom of heaven And Jesus called a little child unto him and set him in the midst of them and said Verily i say unto you except ye be converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven Except ye be as innocent of wrong one to another as little children ye cannot understand heaven Whoso therefore shell humble himself as this little child humble himself before tures moral law the same is greatest in the kingdom of hea- venFORGOTTEN Continued from page One willing to pledge my word for his safety for if he does come and my authority be of any avail I shall never suffer him to depart alive Servetus came he was immediately nrrested by order of Calvin charged with rejecting the divinity of the Trin ity and with declaring that all crea tures are of the substance of God and that God is in all things Such heresy was too dangerous to bo tolerated and on the 27th of October Servetus was burned at the stake in the Place de Champel in the caner of Geneva We wonder if his ghost did not haunt Calvin the rest of his life We wonder if remorse was not the chief cause of Calvins broken heart But he never admitted his error Ho lived eleven years longer a frill invalid but with serve enough to domineer over an entire province and sufficient strength to work eighteen and twenty hours a day until his own time came and ho died peacefully and cheerfully like a saint with a prayer on his lips surrounded by his friends and disciples and he die tilted a letter an hour before he breath his lastFollower of Luther Calvin was a Frenchman you know born in the town of Noyon educated nt the universities of Orleans and Paris and became a wandering follower of Martin Luther until Dr Ward leads of the Swiss reformation induced him to settle in Geneva in 1530 where ho soon became pastor of tho largest church and acquired an influence that extend cd throughout all Europe and is felt even to the present day He not onl reorganized the church but tine state also and became the civil as well as the spiritual dictator of Geneva John Calvin is credited with having made n greater impression upon the Christian religion than any other man except St Paul Few reformers have ever been so bitterly criticised and condemned IIe was undoubtedly a religious maniac but must be judged by the standard of his own time and not by ours Judg cd front a purely intellectual stand point no greater man ever lived and his mind was of wonderful versatility In addition to conducting the reformation and organizing the Protestant church all over the continent he managed the civil government of the State of Geneva enacted and enforced sumptuary laws that have never been exceeded in auster ity founded tine University of Genevi and the system of free schools in that canton and directed their work lIe made Geneva the strong fortress of testantism and safe refuge for persecuted Protestants of all nationalities he looked after tine architecture and the public works of the city he built markets and warehouses and took a hand in commerce ho wrote ninetysix books and innumerable pamphlets he prcachec every Sunday sometimes twice he tool part in every great theological contro versy of his time tend carried on a uminous correspondence with Protestant leaders everywhere which is a tremendous record lor twentyeight years for a chronic invalid often so feeble that he had to be carried about in a chair To be continued MORE ABOUT THE BIRTH OF CHRIST Further Discussion Upon the New tament Geneologies Answer to a Previous Critic By GEORGE VALE Allow mo please to state to E Lewis that I had no intention of writing that he claimed a difference of 405 years be tween the birth of the two characters called Jesus for the purpos eof main taining the facts in the matter for understood his position but did call attention to the fact that ho had ad mitted that a difference of years called it about 5500 years intervened between the two births which was and is enough to establish the proof that there were two births If he has not known of the writings of Josephus be called in question others have but whether there is any truth in either the rungs of Joscplius or the Bible seems not to be the point at issue but rather the disproving of the claims of the churches regarding the One Only Be gotten Son and so far us they are false the teachings of others And say again that no person can take those two geneologics and prove by them that Davids Son Solomon and Davidson Nathan are the same man nor that Jacob the father of one Joseph and Hell the father of the other Joseph are the same must nor that the same child could be born twice at times 500 years upart As well call himself and myscli the tame man Mr Lewis gives us to understand that he docs not believe that any de pendence is to be placed in the Bible ac counts cud yet he would have us fix one date viz that of the birth of the Jesus said to have been born years ago and make all prior dates conform to that one even though it carry David back many years which we cannot do for as David existed first we must begin with him and go forward Again he tells us that Luke gives no names that Matt gives except David and Joseph but there he is again in error for we find the names LU athiel and Lorobabel in both lists though not the same distance from David and Luke gives the name Joseph four times Judah twice Levi twice Mattathias twice and Matthat twice which of course Matt docs not give since his is the geneology of a different person garding Josephus I stated that what he wrote concerning Jesus is now by most persons understood to be interprolation Again regarding the geneologies so many mistakes appeared in the lists as published in the Blade that I asked Mr Hughes to please publish them again in parallel column which he had not the space to do but any reader who will take a pencil and paper and copy them beginningwith Abraham in each and placing the two opposite follow the list to the Jesus at the end may prove that they are the geneologies of two different claim that they free from the teachings of tho churches but at the same time some of them oppose Wore bitterly than do some Christian the statements that the teachings of j the churches regarding an only begot ten son arc false and would have us to doubt that the evidence of our owi eyes in reading tho Bible simply cause they do not believe it Porhap some of them will soon tell us that there was a Bible Whether Matthew Luke or others follow the cart throughout to the crucifixion is not evidence to the uniniated as to tho in itiated as there are many paragrapl marks showing breaks and new begin nings and transpositions The vcri fact that Matthew and Luke differ ill accounts of the nets of those pcrsom called Jesus is still further evidence that more than one of them existed One of them was to remain to the enll of the world while another was not One acted and taught on the principa of justice or Love thy neighbor as tiny self which makes it possible to write his life history In even fewer word than Luke used while another unjustly called Jesus employed so many arts in unjust acts that of him or them takes collectively as theywho were domino ated by the spirit of unjustice it niighl easily be said that to record them nil would more than fill the world witl books As to Pauls companions some may have seen and not heard while others heard but did not sec I too listened for years to sermons from the Bible and too once discarded it as worthless until I met with a teacher who knew rind now I nm one among hundreds who understand it not according to the churches not yet as a worthless book Among us is a D D who once was a Universalist aunt is still in a way WHAT MUST WE 00 TO BE SAVED An Address to Christians and to Min isters in Particular Infidels Should Read the Bible Wouldnt Mak Good Church Members By A D MARBLE Concluded I tell them they should bo religious and they unswer The more religion u person has the more they want to kill somebody as shown by the history of all Christian countries that until quite recently the number of persons a now wanted to kill was the thermometer that indicated the height of his religious zeal and fervor and a few months ago not a Christian could be found in America who did not want a lot of Spaniards killedChristian Spaniardsand what For doing exactly what we would under the same circumstances What is our answer I tell them tho Christian religion is all right and they say All religions are founded upon beliefs that belief is the absence of knowledge therefore norance hence all religions ar founded upon ignorance and cannot be demon strated for the moment it is demon strated it becomes a science and is no longer a religion and that all sciences are founded upon knowledgethe ab sence of ignorance What can we do to save ourselves I tell them they should not hurt our feelings and they say For over fif teen hundred years every pulpit has been a breast work where the fortified priest and preachers would fire invec Lives hatred lies and slander at them and allow them no possible chance for defense as though none but church people had feelings or rights How shall we answer I tell them the Bible is a sufficient guide for anybody and they say It is admitted by all scholars to be wrong in its geography its astronomy its geo logy false in its mathematics its chron ology in its history in its claims to auhorship of many of its books false in its grammar bad in its morals and vulgar in its language that most of its great men were worse than our aver age prison convicts and most of its noted woman arc such as our police are paid for watching that God himself broke every commandment but one etcWhat shall we do to be saved I appeal to them to help kill the Devil but they say Infidels Socialists Atheists Theosophists and Spiritualists as a rule are opposced to killing any- in peace or war and further to kill our real imaginary devil would throw every preacher in Christendom out of a job and put him in a sorry plight it would he cruel and besides they say they can prove by the Bible that the Devil of the Bible has a better character than tine God of the Bible and are willing to debate the question with anyone at any time Can you not meet them- I say to them that nothing but the re deeming grace of a crucified Savior can reach them and they say Which of the sixteen crucified Saviors do you mean I reply Christ God of course and they say If Christ was a God how could lIe die if a man how could be redeem- I sometimes think they would not make good members of tine church if we could get them in they might do the church more damage than I am very solicitous of the welfare ind happiness of my only son so much so that I make this liberal offer of one hundred dollars to any one who will convert him to tho Christian religion lie has been rending Paines Examina tion of the Prophecies which show he says that not a verso can be found ir the Old Testament which has any ref erence whatever to the coming of Christ Somthing should be done for him done quickly What is your duty in the matterIt be well to let tine Infidels ge and strive to save ourselves I donl think they would make profitable church members anyway they wouli prefer to do their own thinking than to pay for it by the year and they would be talking in church and ask such ques tions as they ask of me viz What did God want of those thirtytwo gins Where was Gods all power while he was held in captivity for the space of seven months Was it not a iriear thing in God to put Jacobs hip out or joint in a wrestling match Was it not mean in God to kill Uzza while trying to do God a kindness Was it good in to slay 54000 people without any just cause could tine Devil have done worse Wily did God kill tine child that Uriahs wife bore unto David instead of punish ing the guilty parties Is it not a fncl that according to the Bible God was in tine habit of punishing the wrong one7 Did not God approve of lying drunken ness polygamy adultery and slavery How about Pauls titmice to young men and maidens while courting How about Amman and Tamar anti Lot and his daughter You say you believe there is a hereafter Spiritualists know there is why not go to them and have it demonstrated to you or do you value belief above knowledge What do you think of Davids method of curing the chills and fevers Can one Christian be found good enough to grant to every other person the same equal rights and privileges ho assures for himself Hns not tho church always been a bitter cruel and persistent foe and ene my to every science every social reform every political reform every religious rform to liberty of thought to free of speech and stood hand in hand with capitalists trusts corporations kings princes potentates despots nnd tyrants and opposed everything that tends to better tIle condition of the human race And was not Christ 1 Socialist and Spiritualist and much more that I cant think of now Of course we know these things to be facts every educated person knows them to be facts but is it not better for tIle church to keep the people in ignorance of them as long as possible and maintain a firm denial than to make a frank admission LETTERS ABOUT MOORE BOOR Favorable Opinions Concerning the Pro posed Publication From Some who Have Already Subscribed for it Whether tine publication of the writ ings of our late editor Charles Chilton Moore in book form is over to be a fact cannot yet be definitely determined but with many of our readers we hope it can be made possible Of course it is ill dependent upon the number of sub scriptions received To justify the pub lication we should have at least live hundred subscribers at one dollar eachh We do not ask for money at this time not until the book is ready for mailing So far we have received about subscriptions which wo consider fair ly good for tho first week ns many of our friends especially those who admired so much tho productions of Mr Moores pen have not lead time to com municate with us since wo suggested the will be understood that there are a large number of Blade readers who were not familiar with Mr Moore during his earlier days of Frccthought props ganda the days when ho first overthrew the orthodox faith the days of his erings trials anti tribulations for daring to speak and write the truth These form quite an interesting chapter made from an intcresiiig period anil as some love suggested we could conceived no better method to keep his memory green within our hearts than to publish 1 collcption of his most vigorous writings If we can ever get the book on the press it will stand for ages as an argu uicnt and a history a monument and n brine to one who nobly fought the hat- tie of intellectual freedom nnd died n dctor To give our readers an idea of what many think of tine plan we publish the following communications apart from the Letter Box hoping that they may prove nn inspiration to others Two Copies Wanted Winchester KyIns E Hughes By nil means publish book from the writing of Mr Moore Put mo down for a copy also J B Lisle Elkin Ky says put him down for a copy GEO M JACKSON Subscribes for Five Paris KyTlS E Hughes You nay put mo down for five books W II ICKLIN Wants it When Ready McGregor JowaJas E Hughes You can put modown for a copy of Charles C Moore Book when you get ready to publish his writing C FETTE By All Means Publish It Douglas Arizona James E Hughes Ity nil menus publish the writings of Charles C Moore in book form Put my none down for one of the first copies A B WEST Must Read Him As He Was Newhope Arkansas In regard to the publishing of Chas Moores writings in hook form will say that you can put me down for two copies If you du nut leave out too much I will want live or snore copies Please go back to his earlier writings to begin Most of us younger Freethink ers have never seen any of them I think Mr Moore was the most brilliant writer the South has ever produced Do not screen him and leave out his rough pieces Wo want everything to come naturaljust he would wont it if he had a voice in tine matter JAS E MIZZLES Iowa Still in Line 11intersetiowa1lease enter my name us a subscriber to the contemplated book to be made up of tine writ ing of Charles Moore T T WHIR It is an Excellent Idea Duncan lushern regard to the publication of a book conlaining writ ings of the late C C Moore I think it an excellent idea As a 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