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I BLUE GRASS BLADE VOLUME XVIII LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY MARCH 1910 Number 15 1 PhilisWiSls atalism- J Human Existence Reasoned Out from a Groundwork of Facts J Address Before the Los Angeles Liberal Club by Charming Severance 0It is my purpose tonight to deal with huinnn existence from the standpoint of fatalism and this menus to take nothing but facts to reason from and to fol low with thought just where they load We can if we wish live in a fools paradise mentally by cultivating illusions and delusions but the man who wants the truth let him take it where it will that condition of mind and 5shunsafter the realti3 of exist There are two commonly accepted views of life One is that we are the product of a God who designed and peopled this world that he ought he worshipped and glorified by us and that our lives are wider his control and protec tion at all times The other is that we are the product of natural forces working without design or purpose and we have to play the parts that are forced upon us from necessity and then to dis appear as mysteriously as we came This is the view which I have accepted after years of flection and meditation and which will ho considered in these remarks under the head of fatal tan which is not a new belief but one which leas found acceptance by nanny thinkers in the past and tf1 ipith of the wholc businesris found in the words of Zeno There is no God but Nature no destiny but Fate isJis nothing more nor less than irir evitable necessity lid the phil o ophy of fatalism is that every thing that exists occurs and transpires does so because it has to Fatalism denies that any thing occurs by chance and al ways finds an adequate cause for every effect It sees no God con nected with Natures work and finds no reason to suppose there is nay mid beholds in Nature no thing but matter and force working under blind but immutable laws without plan or purpose for Nature has never done anything hut build up and tear down cre ate and destroy and never will There is not the slightest reason to suppose that Nature is self conscious lid no matter how it hurts the egotism of mortal man who represents the apex of creat ed things Nature leas no more regard for him than she has for n mouse and if he gets in the way of natural forces as was re cently the case in Italy she will exterminate him just as quickly and with the same indifference To suppose that man cnn he the architect of his own destiny under the conditions that produce him and wider which he is compelled tQ live is to suppose an impossi bility and rational thinking will compel the acccptlanee of Car lyles affirmation Whateer we perpetrate we do but sow were steered by fate Every indi vidual is precisely what he is from necessity an d no two of us are alike or ever have hcen in the pillions that have existed and we can no more think alike on nil subjects than we chin look alike us Ben Franklin proclaimed Now what kind ofn character ih this mortal man we are dealing with Says M L Sherman in wrhe Gospel of Nature We find man to be n perfect bundle Of incongruities loving and hat ing praying and cursing alternately fighting with the ferocity of a tiger and again extending the kindest sympathies toward the object of his wrath Tina InsfofV of tau woi11 is record of tile doings of this accu lately described individual in countless numbers and this bun dle of incongruities will indiv r idually f collectively continues to play the part he HAS to play in tin future as he hits in the past t man comes natur ally by tl c incongruities for the creaturig cannot rise superior consideringincongruities let are us it on a recent fact that A sustains Shermans claim Twq prize fighters met not fougllikehad his opponent until bloody nndjhelpless he went over to his corner kissed hint Could anything be more absurd or incongruous And yet it all oceurre l with their na tures Now let vis see how mortal man enters thisworld of conscious ac tivity We find him at the very start a product of fate for as a living seiment being he is ush ered into existence without wish acceptiustexisting editions gave him No unman being has any choice in parents life birthplace his sex his size hw temperament or any of his chaacteristics allcome into existence just as fnte or cessity hn decrced they should What then Man finds himself in a natural world under the con trol of nntinl laws and is moved to act by ifiipulses which his body andJ rain et rl1inl in connection with his roundings Ho is front fiq l4Dlast an involuntary ttbisIr 4i Kiv iSytiaino sensts thnfc he breathes his heart beats di gestion takes place IIndRlecp overpowers him Not one moment during his waking hours is his mind free from enforced action and if he would still or stop its action he can do so only by passing into natural or artificial sleep While awake he can no more stop thinking by an effort of will in that way and here we see that this creature of fate is nothing more nor less than automaton run by natural forces and right here is as good a time as any to introduce a remark once made by P B Randolph When Nature compelled man to think slue crea ted his heaven and his helland it comes pretty near being the truth for thinking is the principal thing in life and as a man thinks so is the world to him But do not forget this fact Thinking primarily is a result nil effect and not a cause Now as the forces of Nature pump mans breath and blood indepen lent of his will digest his food whether asle p or awake and compel him to think or to lose about onethird of his time in a state of unconsciousness known as sleep what else is he or can he be Natures puppet Now let us look at the nature of thought Says 0 W Holmes The store we examine thought the more we shall see that autom atic unconscious action of the mind enters largely into all its processes and he further declared what every thinking man knows who reflects upon the sub ject that the moral universe in Indus nothing hut the exercise of choice all else being machinery Now what is choice but the r- esuItthe effect of force and conditions that play upon us All choice is decided by an irresistible force that impels or an attraction that draws and strictly speaking we are as powerless to choose as we are to escape the effect of heat or cold upon our bodies Our choice is compulsory in every case because time strongest impulse sureR it AVe talk about willpower but what is it Will power is nothing hut the strength of desires and all desires are involuntary The will is not an independent force hut is always subject to the influence of conditions and is controll cerItninty rr under the control of natural laws as inexorable in their demands on mind as the laws of gravitation on platter There is nothing in the universe but mechanical act ion tied the world as we see it today told always have seen it with its turmoils and strifes its endless and eternal conflict of opinions is the result of nothing else Unconscious force works on forever under laws and principles inherent in matter hut for what attainment or to what end we do not know and never will know Mortal man does not possess n faculty that is independent of conditions in its actions so in stead of sustaining unconstrained relations to the natural and cial states in which he finds him self he simply does and acts as he must for every act in its final analysis is unavoidable At physical birth man appeals with n body and a brain which in connection with his surround ings determines his career on earth and the individuality stamped upon that body and brain is in effaceable so an idiot or a natur al horn fool cnn never be an thing else as long as life lasts Holmes tells us that persons of buoyant dispositions are born with their happiness ready made and they cannot help being cheer fttlany more than their saturnine fellow niortal can help seeing everything through the cloud he carries with him tt Fate peoples the world with no end of varieties and then it must run according to the material in it and as the average human ing is still a low grade product we are not going to be astonished in the nearjjfiiture by remarkable societyGood arc in constant conflict and both have in which thejwpredominatc as all history and experience attest and as mortal man is forever being acted upon by the forces and influences thnt encompass him his conduct will ever be as uncertain as the position ofIt weather vane This is becnusohis desires emanate from natural causes as much beyond his control as the return of hunger or the tendency to sleeps and those desires which he cannot escape or prevent are the motives that lead him to act and shape his conduct Opinions are in conflict on every hand and hatred enmity jealousy and re venge are as natural to the nature of man as love friendship approval and good will Selfishness and greed exist as characItelvaried and conflicting character sties are entirely dependent on conditions and circumstances If conditions are such as to produce levity mini will laugh if such as to produce grief he will be sadI if such as to produce anger he will be angry and so with love etJ1Hisis effected by what he sees feels and hears is swayed by what he eats and drinks and to quote a French thinker he is no more the master of his impressions than of his coughing and sneezing tt His mind invariably manifests ac wording to states and conditions of mutter and nowhere on the pages of history can we find the record of a Ulan noted for intel lectual greatness who was born mid lived in the Arctic regions or on the equator for mans body and brain are stupefied with ex cessive cold and enervated with extreme heat Nature will never produce a Shakespeare near the Torrid Zone nor a Ilumboldt in the neighborhood of the North Pole for fate makes it impossible The kind of human beings produced in gelid or torrid localities can never rise superior to the con ditions that produced them while they remain in them and though superior races are generated and developed in the Temperate Zones they too have their limitations The conditions being better is the only reason for highergrade abilities and capabilities so let us retain this fact in mind that wherever you find mortal man on the surface of thiold cartel you find him just what his environ ments have made him and as he was forced into5 the world without will or wish and is forced out in the saute manner it is evident that free will plays no part in birtljor in lentil how is it between the first and filial hart of conscious exist ence Does there exist between thesigtwo points in his career such a as absolute freedom I No For flf there did every man could writ his autobiography in ad vnmfe und regulate the affairs of his jfl according to wish and de it is he never knows sirelAs will lead him to they will permit him tofroll1 one day to another Ilis fjjaily conduct is regulated by title of daily conditions und he walks into tine unknown and unseen future without the abil ty to see one step in advance As je never knows what condition will lead or impel him to do rom one day to another we seethe truth of tfhc historians rent made by John W Draper E tints control men but men do not control events And this demonstrated by the localhistory of an individual most are with About 5 offf ago Col Griffith was a man ealth and leisure with no object in life except to ninlfc money and pursue pleasure Unojer the force of circumstances in vhich whiskey is credited with plnj ing a part he committed a crin a that deprived him of his liberty in San Quentin for two years What he saw heard and in that hell hole worked a con plete change in his mode of livi g for he is now devoting his tiff and his wealth of which he leas much to the work known as priiin reform TIe has gone into it heart and soul and proposes to keelat it until desired results are e But for the event that puhhim into San Quentin the chances are a thousand to one thai he never would have taken up tie work he is now doing Tiomas Carlyle rend and quot ed She words of Jeremiah in the Tct Bible It is not in man that wivjieth to direct his footsteps anMgave them his endorsement xhiukcrs must for no fact in our lives is more apparent The smirch has told man for ages that he is a free moral agent with power to be good or bad from choice and to go through life as he saw fit to go but a greater error never found advocates Man never stoves without a motive or acts without an impulse and what ever creates the motive or the impulse decides his conduct for the strongest one always leads to action If n man has no desire to be benevolent and charitable he never will be as was the case with Jay Gould He was animated by desires that centered in avarice and greed and he lived for Jay Gould alone never doing with his millions a charitable deed to benefit his fellow men and the same can be said of that other human hog Russell Sage who lived in fear and died in fear because of his unjustly acquired wealth and the possibility of losing it and at his request his body was en cased in a steel jacket and bedded in cement so it could not be sto len to extort the dear dollars from his estate as was done in the case of New Yorks merchant prince A T Stewart some years ago Peter Cooper George Pea body and others were animated with desires to benefit and in crease the happiness of others nnd they disposed of their great fortunes in doing good and benefiting society These men were all creatures of fate and they HAD to live and do as they did because as automatons in the hands of Nature they could not do otherwise The miser who hoards and worships his money does so in obedience to his anti ral inclinations and desires and the spendthrift who never saves a dollar and cannot is tine slave of certain impulses that had just as natural an origin as the misers desire to save and accumulate The sane power or life principle which created Wendell Phillips the great orator and reformer so produced the brutal prize fighter John L Sullivan and conditions alone rondo the difference in their natures and characteris ties Phillips pursued the curse in life which fate decreed and was animated with high and praiseworthy motives Sullivan followed the life line which fate marked out for him and just as naturally as Phillips kept to his Continued on Pago Shoots Bible Tales Hebrew Minister Astonishes Christians by Predicting Univesal Religion Jolts Orthodoxys Creeds and Dogmas Saying Scriptures Reflect Intelligence of Times in Which They Were Written From Sf Louis Republic Orthodoxy as it is known today with its doctrines creeds oik dogmas of the Trinity the communion of heaven anti of hell was given a severe jolt yesterday by Rabbi Samuel Sale of the Shun re Emeth Hebrew Congrega tion in an address before a body of Christian ministers at the Con gregational Ministers melting at the First Congregational Church Rabbi Sales remarks brought a breathing silence among his hear ers and his expressions regarding the universal religion created a sensation In the views of Rabbi Sale his Satanic Majesty starring through the ages as a figure of ignominy and evil is given a new role in which he is only a negative force and becomes a servant of God not a rival in the activities of men Heaven is declared to be not n place for futnre preferment but a condition to be realized here now end forever Hell is abolished as being no justifiable disposition for those not qualified for eternal bliss Adam and Eve are relieved from responsibility in the matter of original sin The Bible said to he as great a composite as Ho mers Iliad or the Odyssey is about as fallible as these It is not n lipok of plenary inspiration Dr Sale asserted for tine only reTfa hIe scroll of the law or the word of God is the intelligent con scicntionsness of the individual man Rabbi Sale denies the Jews the privilege of being the chosen pro pie except in their own estimation Christianity as it is known today with its foundation doctrines of the Trinity communion mad metaphysical difficulties Dr Sale classified as nn aftergrowth and entirely foreign to the exalted simplicity of the lowly Naz Irene Creeds Blamed as Barriers The jealous assumptions of creeds and dogmas with their in sistence on incidentals conventions toil artificialities are blamed by Doctor Sale ns the barriers which prevent the realization of the ideal religionthat preached of in the prophetic writingsthe worship of God in the service of manIn serious mien Doctor Sale smiled solemnly at the traditional idea that God revealed his laws in the beirinning exclusively to the Jew It was a very natural idea for the Jew to entertain the thought Choosing his words slowly und reflectively he said Not to Israel not to man of any creed sect or nationality but to man has God revealed himself Not in the scroll not in the de is his infallible word hut in the intelligent consciousness ofi every imlhidualtt When he had completed there was a moment of thoughtful si lence on the part of the audience when Doctor Albert IT Jordan arose and said That was great Wed like to make you a Con gregationalist Doctor Sale a minister I belong to the church universal and I wish that every church would let me belong to it was the answer This started an engagement of metaphysical shot from which Dr Sale emerged with an observation upon the gentlemen who tried to settle the question whether it was the jackass who drew the oats or the oats who drew the jackass The problem is still a matter of opinion ns are many of the in consistentencies of ecclesiastical argument he said Profound Philosophy There is he said a pro L IJ found philosophy of life a mar velous elairvoyniicy into the eter nal verities of life on the part of the old prophets who made fun and belittled file religious notions of thc respective eras and struck out as immaterial and inconse quential the forms and institu tionalisms of creeds Christ ac cording to the acceptance of the Jewish religion took his place among these he being however n transcendent uplift of civiliza tion The birth of dogma the speaker affirmed was an aftergrowth after the real and wholehearted faith lurid begun to fail The Christ he verredSlIml as a reformer against just such ecclesinsticism and institutionalism as is being used in the worship today as he preached against the convention only insisted on moral prin ciples that being the reason he suffered opposition Gal FOURTEEN Blade In vindication of the Devil Doctor Sale was positive Evil he explained is a negative quality and simply serves as nn infraction of the good Evil and its effects cannot lust forever even in the worst eases to the third and the fourth generation so it defeats self and contributes to the ulti mute triumphs of good The Devil is a servant of God and cannot bo a rival since God is omnipotent The devil reports for service along with Job and the rest- HellCannotExist 1ifr As only good can last forever 1 there couldnt be n hell he said The only hell recognized in my religion is the fact of not be ing able fo participate in the good Since good is immortal immor tality may be obtained by mortal tality nay be obtained by partici pation in goodness here in this life There should not be a stress laid on preferment of a future ex istence AVe should not specialize on a life hereafter because that much necessary energy is taken away frown the accomplishment of our work Kerr There is the place to he good As to Adam and Eve said Doctor Sale Scarcely anyone would be ready to believe that the story was the experience of any individunlnman or woman lint rather the experience of ev ery mat and every woman Adam translated from tine Hebrew tents man and Eve means living The Garden of Eden is the possitble condition into which any man or woman may be placed Adam and Eve fell in the story but they fell to manhood nnd womanhood It was upward not down ward God did not put them in leis earthly paradise simply that they might fold their hands in idleness He put them here to till the soil fulfill his original purpose the divine obligation to work to become creative as a part of the great creative force which called them into being Their work was no punishment but an obligation the original purpose of their creation Adam and Eve like the rest of us r supose would hive preferred to go along the line of least sistance and pluck the fruit which they had not earned Rut they had to work That was what they were created for Showing the fallibility of the Bible ns literal history Doctor Sale said that its various parts flected the intelligence and ane of the respective ages in which they were written and are not therefore infallible ns a hide for the word of God The word of God is not in troll of the law nor Bible nor written on any parchment These are hut results of mans in spiration And this inspiration not exclusive Tt is written on the mind nnd soul of mini universal Continued on Page r BLUE GRASS BLADE 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page 394 Q lDeserihe the jays of Valhalla the Hall of the Chos e- nAAI1 men who have fallen in fight since the beginning of the world are going to Odin the Supreme God in Valhalla A mighty band of men are there and every day as soon as they have dressed themselves they ride out into the Court or field and there fight until they cut each other into pieces This is their pastime but when the mealtime approaches they remount their steeds and return to drink in Val halla Q 2Js there any women in ValhallaA they are there to fill the cups of the fighters 0 3How does the Moham medan paradise differ from this A Women there are for mans pleasure The day is al ways serene the air forever pure pnd a soft celestial light clothes all things in transfigured beauty etn04Describe the American Indians paradise ATIe expects successful chase after wild animals verdant plains and no winter Q 5What was the red In dians contemptuous reply to the missionary who told him that in the promised land they would neither cat drink hunt nor marry a wife A That instead of wishing to go there he should deem his resi dence in such a place as the great cst possible calamity Q n1ron was heaven made A13y running priests who made man a coward and slave Q 7I1ow was hell made AIt was built by priests dur ing the age when dungeons of torture were a recognized part of every finite tyrant with infinite reeourSes of vengeance Q SITow did time devil get a start in the world- A1Primitive man needed him to relieve his God of the respon for the existence of evil Q bFrom where did we get our Bugaboo AFrom the rock of Bohistum which was named Bagistane the place of the Baga holy of hol ids The English Bugaboo or Bugbear is the holy of holies God of the Persians and Russians of todayQ Tell us about the an eint Scandinavians spring cele bration AThis was in honor of Odin to welcome the pleasant season and to obtain of their God happy success in their projected expedi tionsQ 1TeIIus about their au tumn equinox festival AThey killed their fat cattle and laid in provisions for the winter thanked Odin the supreme themeQ 12Where and for what purpose was the Feast of Lamps eelehratedAIn Egypt it was in honor of the goddess Neith Q 3trlle Hindoos Feast o Lamps was in honor of whom AThe goddesses Lakshim and Bhananti 0 14How do the Roman Catholics observe The Feast of Lamps and what do they call the festival ABy burning candles on Candlemas day or time purification of the Virgin Mary Q 15The most celebrated pa gan festival held by modern Christians is what ASunday or the Lords day Q 16Why did nil tile princi pv nations of antiquity keep the seventh day of the week as a holy day AThis was owing to the fact that they consecrated the days of tweek to the Sun the Moon MercuryVenusQ 17To whom did Moses consecrate the number seven Atro the planet Saturn- Q SAt first the Hebrews cel ebrated the Sabbath on what groundAIn memory of their mime ulous deliverance from Egypt and bondage v 15 Q 19Later they celebrated the Sabbath on what ground Amen the story of crea byloniansplace Ex xxxii 020The Assyrians kept this day holy Mr Gedsmith tells us peopleAa curious religious calendar in which every month is divided in to four weeks and the seventh day marked out as a day of rest BRYAN ON IMMORTALITY rhapsodyon Edisons graphophone like oratoryissires or previous education in such a way as to make them believe ielUaddesires in picturing the horrors of a burning hell and its saddening effects on a heartbroken universe the sane socalled logic would call forth conclusions exactly the reverseIf wonderful tiling may occur in nature so reasons Bry an For instance a grain of wheat reproduce itself indefinitely to the great benefit of the immortalitv of man wonderful and to the mnnI man therefore it is a cording to Bryans logic But among the wonderful things in nature only a part are of direct benefit to man Again we may ture during mental intoxication or apparently during mental health innumerable wonderful things to liking and in our distress we cry aloud for their assistance and all mercy human and socalled divine sympathy love justice and wisdom in the eloquence of tears and cadence of sadness may back our petition hut all we get of our answer is an echo of our cry liven Analogy hides his face in shame when called upon by Bryan to assist him in the above pretend ed logic but is disgraced by Bry an forcing him on the witness stand under a false imago and masked features pointing out with index finger the similarity between the succeeding genera tions of the grain of wheat and the hypothetical immortality of man But Analogy in cadid at tire and honest demeanor says The succession of the generations of the grain of wheat is analogous to the succession of tIle generations of man while the mortality not immortality of the individual grain of wheat is analogous to the mortality not immortality of the individual man The answer to his illustration of the acorn in the groundcoming forth into a mighty oak and withered rose arising in the spring after the winters blasts should be answered precisely the same way The moment either the acorn or the rose is actually dead it and the dead man arcprc cisely in the same condition Gone for ever So Bryans logic when analyz edso far as it goes proves the exact reverse of what he employ ed it to prove But people Jove the charms of fiction love to bo deceived and are not kind to the one who furnishes them truth Religion furnishes Bryan an op portunity to apply his paint and brush and he is lauded to the skies for giving nature hues she does not own PREACHERS AND PRAYERS prayersdiianity and the world The Bible tells us a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without the Fathers care In the great cyclone at Mal colm Iowa a few years ago a Methodist Church and a Republican printing office were demolish ed and not a saloon or brandy house was injured Was the preachers God a poor marksman or did he hit his mark All preachers prayed for tile restoration of President Garfield without success If the preachers with their Bible are correct n God must have had a spite at Gar field Lot thorn explain PERRT EAGLE THE WORD CHRISTIAN AND ITS MEANING The word Christian has a very narrow meaning It is not a moral a religious or a theological term strictly speaking It is a wordof no moaning whatever to civilization It is a word unre hated to Education to Knowledge or to Science It does not belong to any of the progressive move ments of the age It characterizes none of the great efforts of mod ern times It belong to the dead past and is strictly speaking a deadword The word has surviv ed the same as other meaningless words such as myth miracle and others that have survived Be cause of the stage of intellectual development in which stories thrive has not been outgrown There was a time when a person might have honesty professed themselves a Christian But they cannot honestly do so todayfor in case they do they confess their ignorance of the true significance of the term There cannot be a Christian unless there was or is a Christ It is evident that no Christ exists in this world nor in any other at the present time that we know of No nation wants or is even looking for a Christ Two thousand years ago the Israelites looked for the advent ofa man whom they could or should be annointod King of Israel and one who should reestablish the king dom of their God on earth Their prophets had foretold the coming of this Messiah and we read that several persons came to the rescue and proclaimed themselves the lookedfor king who should lead the people to victory In the Bi ble we find the story of a man named Jesus who was also called the Christ But he was never annointed King of the Jews nor of any other kingdom Ho was not of royal blood He never raised nor headed an army He never fulfilled any Messianic expecta tion rHw first tocall Jesus the Christ was Simon Peter He was also the first to deny Jesus According to the narrative it seems that Jesus becomes anxious to hear the opinion of his disciples and asks Whom do men say that the Son of Man am Some say one thing and sotno another until he comes to Peter and ho answers Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God Jesus blesses him and tells him that none other than his father could have revealed that to him and upon this rock will build my church Presently Peter says something that displeased Jesus and ho turns upon Peter and gives him a sound cursing calling hint n Devil or Satan and tells him to get behind him See Matt 16th chap So Peter gets a blessing and a cursing all in the smile breath as we may say But this is the moaning of Bible Christianity to a letter On another occasion Jesus comes to the front and asks the Phar isjcs What think ye of Christ Whose Son is He The Phari sees were unable to tell Neither has any other living man from that day to this been able to an swer the question The nearest any one has ever come yet is to say that he was a myth Another man named Nathaniel came for ward and says Rabbi thou art the Son of God thou are the King of Israel Now both Peter and Nathaniel make statements that arc not true for Jesus never show ed any signs of being the Christ nor being possessed of any divine qualities whatever He never was King of Israel or of any other na tion He never filled any office either church or state higher than traveling from place to place working nuraeles and cursing fig trees Noble work for a man call ing himself the Messiah to be en gaged in Had Jesus overthrown the Roman empire and placed the crown of Israel on His own head then his people might have risen up and hailed him as the promised Messiah but instead thereof he did not fill their expectations consequently rejected and finally ar rested and found guilty of trying to deceive the people We look upon the socalled plan of Christian salvation as instituted by Christ as being one of the most shameful deceptions and fallacies ever imposed upon mankind The word Christian is a farce and should have died with its founder The words Believe or be darn edare fast passing out of use They are entirely too absurd and vulgar for intelligent people to re tain for a moment There is neither sense nor reason in any one at the present day calling themselves a Christian The word is out of place in this age and is fast passing away There is no Christ for anyone to follow He promised his deluded followers that he would come again in the near future But like all other of his statements we have to take them for what they are worth and let them pass For our part we have no earthly use for either any Christ or Christianity for over fifty years of careful study in search of the truth we find one to be a myth and the other a sup erstition We tried hard for while to make ourself believe something that our sense of truth and reason told us was not true So we gave up the chase and took the star of liberty for our guide and for over fifty years have lived outside the reach of either Christ or his Christianity and without the poles of any socalled Christ ian Church or its teachings And the longer wo live better we like it JOEL M BERRY ANTIQUITY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINESBy The following we gather prin cipally from writings of the late C n Waite in his History of the Christian Religion Down to the Second Century Judge Waite spent two years in the Library of Congress atI Washington D C in the concertos of material for his work It will be found interesting structive and truthful end of that class of teaching that Ingcr soil says cannot be repeated tooI oftenMany of the more prominent doctrines of the Christian relig ion prevailed among the nations ofantiquity Hundreds and in some instances thousands of years before the time of Christ tho doctrine of the Miraculous Conception was common In the history of Hindoostan we have an account of a man called Chrishna He was the eighth incarnation of the Hindoo God Vishnu and according to yearsBeforetween time boyhood days of Iethey are said to be Gods incarnates sons by a miraculous conception Chrishna was born in a dungeon Christ in a cave and both dungeon und cave lire said to have been illuminated at time of birth A chorus of angels salute both in fonts Both claim to be of royal descent and bothlire said to have commenced talking as soon as born Both are said to have been cradled among shepherds The rulers of both countries in which they are born become alarmed they fear loss of their kingdoms and seek the lives of the infants Cnnsa in the disc of Chrishna and Herod in the case of Christ Both rulers become wrothand order a slaughter of the infants Both Chrishna and Christ have com bats with huge serpents They both perform miracles in their infancy or boyhood days and both are said to have raised the dead and are also said to have struck dead persons who offended them both arc preceded by men who are sent to protect them from time decree of the rulers of the coun try Chrishna lived at a place called Maturea and Christ on his visit to Egypt stopped at a by that name The first miraclesI performed by both was that of curing lepers While in the age of boyhood both are chosen by the other boys as their king and both learn all the sciences in one day and night See Hindu Bhayarat Purana and Gospel of the Infancy of Christ Rather strange is it not to seethe lives of two men run so near parallel and live so far apart It also shows that Jesus was not the first to be called a god and Icing by a thousand years at least Another great writer of antiq uity comes up under the name of Morcion Ho was born at Sinope in the second century and came to Rome about A D 142 He lays no claim to divinity nor mi raculous birth but is credited with having compiled and pub lished the first New Testament that ever appeared It was written in the Greek language and was much shorter than our pres edition Ever since the words Christ and Christians were pro nounced the the words miracle and miracle workers have been connected with them Miracles occur only where people are found ready to believe in them and the belief in them is tIIl1c1N1kongcr if they have occurred a long way off or a long while ago or at night and when they are intend ed to convert the unbeliever they only happen to the believer Those who feel themselves suf ficiently inspired to work miracles in these days if they are Pro testants they find themselves in lunatic asylums and if they lire Catholics the miracle generally occurs in some sylvan retreat away from all intelligent and ed ucated people the favored one ing generally of the female sex who has been preparing for her first communion and has been duly dosed with stories of the VirginMiracles for Fools was a popular adage among the Greeks and the shrewder Romans said The common people like to be deceived The Fathers of the Church themselves were nonbelievers in miracles Origen attributed them to magic and says The wonder workers rambled about to play tricks at fairs and markets but never appeared in the circles of the wiser and better educated people always among the ignorant and unlearned Justin Martyr says that Jesus was accused of heing a necroman cer a magician and a deceiver of the people St Augustine ad mits the same and says that ho wrote hooks on magic one of which was called Magia Jesu Christi In regard to the miracles said to have been performed by Jesus Ute only accounts of these are those of the New Testament His tory while recording the mira cles and wonders performed by other persons is strangely silent with regard to those of Jesus Justus of Tiberias who was horn about five years after the time assigned for the crucifixion of Jesus wrote a Jewish history but it contained no mention of Jesus of the events concerning him or of the miracles ho is supposed to have wrought According to the very books which record the miracles of Jesus he nowhere claims to have performed such deeds When told that if he wanted people to believe in him he must first prove his claim by a miracle ho said a wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign and no ign shall be given it except the of the prophet Jonah Tins 00 qlleHtiClnorHed If the kingdom of God is as you say close at hand show us at least some one of the signs in the heavens which are to pre cede the coming of the Messiah Paul declared that the great reason why Israel did not believe Jesus to be the Messiah was that the Jews required a sign John in the second century makes Jesus reproach his fellow countrymen with Unless you you see signs mid wonders you do not believe The Baptist hearing of his wonderful works sent to him and asked him if ho were the Messiah and warned his miraculous loving contemporaries not to be offended in him See Matt 116 which presupposes that he was unable to perform any mngical feat outside the ordi nary Why these apologies for him if he could perform real mir acles It is evident that had ho performed the miracles attributed to him the Jews would have been only too ready to accept him as their Messiah and that since he was not accepted by them we performed EXIT CHRIST developmentitjoin theI great majority But a few years ago it was a crime punishable by death to disagree even with Christ and only the other day a university professor of Chicago publicly declared in his haste that it was historical insanity to question Christs ex istence But it seems now that neither by burnings nor by calling names can Christ be saved Who would have thought that two thousand years after the Christian era it would still be a question whether such a man as Jesus really lived And it is no longer Rationalists only who arc asking the question Even the Protestant clergy are beginning to realize that their Christ is yielding to the pressure of facts and slowly slip ping away from them In an article written by a well known contributor to the litOlII hire of the day and published broadcast it is plainly stated that in leading universities it is contended that to the scientific mind there is no historic certain ty that Jesus ever lived But this is not all From Germany comes the cablegram that Professor Drews has challenged the derby to a debate on the historicity of Jesus It is all very wonderful Even two thousand years of belief are not enough to make a fable true as will be seen by the fol lowingReverend It Roberts of Brad ford whose recent articles in The Christian Commonwealth and The Ilibbert Journal created great un easiness among the Christian clergy has again boldly questioned saysIplace a consideration which real ly dominates the whole issue but which I did not feel called upon explicitly to state I refer to the great question of the historicity of Jesus I can not accept that historicity as a demonstrated fact The evidence available for it is coversleged lifestory and is moreover so tinted with miracle that it docs not carry conviction to my mind And this from a reverend IRa tionalists lead the way and the clergy follow nolens volens But et us not flatter ourselves thattthe battle has been won Time clergy very resourceful They are not going to give up a creed that brings them money and pow er just because Christ is unhistorical Christ may not have really lived but his gospel is neverthe less divine argue time clergy What slippery folks these clergy bo If it is shown to them that tho gospels are contradictory and unreliable they answer Wo do not base our faith upon the gospels but upon the Christ whom they reveal And when the historicity of Christ is questioned they answer The gospels arc enough without Christ As long as a creed pays it will not lack defenders M M Mangasarian Truth Seeker And Likes the Smokes After having contributed SmellI000 to foreign missions St is talking of thirty weeks Sunday That town seems to have money to burn 0 N H N N H N H N N N H 100N N H HON N N H N N N 00 iBladeMail Bag I L4 1oOoc 0 2 1 Terse and Pithy Comments 0 from Various Readers on 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free thought paper and not one only in name as some papers are that I have been writing for I see articles iron the pens of Bro Severance Joel1 Berry lord others who represent the Ma tcrialists andAtheists and I hope to have the same courtesy extend- y ed to me although I may differ radically from them This is more than I had hoped to expect from the religious press but I expected more from n free press thou from an orthodox or sectar inn press I send this accompanying article in reply to Bro ther Severances article on the subject of Christian Science publishIportance to expose the real animus that acutates all hitter hatred and opposition to not only Christ inn Science but nil religions that are based on Christ or bears the name of Christianity Yours in love and good willA S WADE J The Time Is Ripe for the Harvest Madill Okla There nre today thousands of men and women who are indifferent to anything Religion has no charm for them They are sifck disgusted and tired of the Bible and Christian hy pocrisy If they could be induced to rend lireethought literature and understand the motives and intention Freethinkers I he- Hove they would become valuable workers in the cause With this army of workers united in one grand effort to push onward and forward the noble work of Paine Tngersoll America would shine forth in its splendor and the brilliancy of a higher civilization with the radiating countenances and smiling faces of intelligent men and women Priests and preachers ignorance and superstition as the working tools of a heathenish re ligion would hide their slimy filthy bodies in the shadows of the torch of reason piercing the midnight gloom with the rays of intellectual freerlomIUnite Unite II and push on great work and the cause which is for the uplifting and betterment of humanity Work for the salvation of your own childrens children so that they can enjoy the freedom that Paine and Intcersoll worked for Never in history of mankind has Free thought been so tireless and fearless against the strongly orgnnt zed bodies of ignorance sup- rstition as it is today Onward onward march Yours for freer domC rTOTIITSON- Bible Mere Allegory Vora So Dakota Editor Blade Mr J M Berry tells us The moment any one commences to rend the Bible with their allegorical or visionary glasses on that moment they destrop the literal meaning in toto Well the literal meaiiing is of no value Berry riaKos Bi hIe as it rends So do other orthodox people The word alle moans godtalk Paul tells us to read the Bible as alle cjory that the literal sense is nonsense As allegory all Bilbo charac is tors continue alive Uncle Sac the Goddess of Liberty and Potiphers wife ply their vocations continually Imagination the thing which Eve in Genesis represents continues to live and to he n helpmate to the human mind The mind is called Adam Berry may attend to his sixth day woman Maybe he can tell us what her name is then wo will tell him all about her Berry claims there was no 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of pernicious thoughts We involuntarily put them into practice to our hurt Sin is evil thinking crime is the violation of law The one is a mental or divine operation di vine means to think the other is a physical act Brother Berry shold remember that the ancient had no good language we have now and no means of writing their mental philosophies except by using objects as words and when such hieroglyphics or picturing of human ideas were reduced to real writing it was thought best to continue its secret nature so that common men might not understand it It is astonishing to orthodox preachers- to learn that there is no authority- in Genesis for the word God Elo hint being an ancient name for the forces of nature This is why the TTebrew religionists rejected the word God recognizing Jehovah which is Reason and Moses which is their personification of Conscience If Brother Berry and other socalled freethinkers would try to learn something and stop copying from the writings- of an age that knew no better they could uproot orthodox in a ofprnholRorthodox l11 thodof bible study They would gladly preach the truth if their congregations would permit them but free thinkers must pave the way of the truth must holdout a welcoming to Christians instead of abuse We must teach them the facts that have been withheld from them T remember how arlndlv listened to the first in fidel who talked in a reasonable nnd friendly way to me felt that he was more a friend than the enemy our preachers had made him out to bo Mot Lib peals and orthodox people delight to abuse thaw who differ in opinion from them which is very wrong opinions hurt no one All philosophy all science all biblical writings deal only with opinions or ideas Santa Claus is hut a concept As a concept nothing is harmful Omnin bona orns It is only when an idea embodied in human life or conduct that it becomes useful or harmful Respectfully F S WEAVER Vera S Dak March 8 1910 THE MARK OF THE BEAST GraftGreat Is Diana of the Ephesians Paul has been preaching the new religion at Ephesiis for two years and a certain JJ man named Demetrius n silver smith which made shrines for Diana brought no small gains to the craftsmen He called to gether his workmen andsaid Ye know that by this craft we theyhardwrath The result was there was a great uproar riot atI Ephesus and the authorities had to bring them Into court to quell the riot I saw in a St Louis dnilnot long ago an article con demning Christian Science as a copiedfromwhich said that at first little attention was paid to Christian Sci ence for they thought that it would soon die out of itself but thej were becoming so numerous that it was alarming It was ser iousjy interfering with their business About one year ago the lending men in a Ministerial Association in Indianapolis became very much alarmed at the situa tion the Christian Scientists were drawing the membership from their Churches and as one preacher said they would lose their jobs so the Indianapolis paper stated Why did they de nounce Christian Science as aI heresy Not for the same reason that the M Ds denounced it but it was heresy because it denies a personal Devil and a place of endless misery or a literal Hell They secured their members not by scaring them into the fold by threats of endless torture but by curing them of their diseases and as one has very forcibly ex pressed it bv robbing the grave nttentionby rending an article in the Blue- Grass Blade entitled Christian Science Its Follies and Falla cies by Channing Severance He denounces it not because it is healing the sick nor yet because it does not uphold the dog ma of endless hell or a personal Devil but because it is only an other branch on the tree of super stition and assuch is opposed to Materialism and Atheism As I understand there are two extreme opposing sects that call themselves Scientists the Idealists Christian Scientists on the one hnnd and the Materialists on the other Time Christian Scientist denies the 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T Main St Kr PHILOSOPHICAL FATALISMII Continued from ohnrnc1- oophicnl Hut what a difference in standpoint neither de 11tetsimply lived true to their naturesI sumo as a fish swims in the sen or a bird flies in the air And when we view the act of nay perI son in the fatalistic light no man deserves credit for a good deed or censure for a had one for ev cryhody is good or had from ne ccssity and not from will or I repeat the strongest impulse ALWAYS moves to net ion and it is asserted by one who has thoroughly investigated the nmttcr that murderers uniform testify that they committed the deed of blood under an impulse so strong as to preclude nll thoughts of punishment and for every evil deed ever committed the same is true Now as every impulse and sire is natural to the body and tll brain which universal forces have built up and given con ciousness how can man be a creature of circumstances and a free mornl agent It is absurd to suppose it Said P B Randolph No judge or jury that ever tried a victim for his libertyor his life was or is competent tot tell how far nny man is responsible for a given Icedand men who think in theI right direction will agree WWl him Dr Randolph further said This is a world of chemical in terchanges and at one time we may be pure as angels and withi an hour inhale the spores of mot ads which from inertness mny spring into life and produce some disease or abnormal appetite eivlier of which as we can readily see would have an influence on the mind the seat of human aci ion Said Prof Fowler To ir Name the organ of tune will Brent a singing disposition the organ of veneration a praying desire of caution groundless fears nndI so on And I recall to mind nn old railroad companion who wns struck on the back of his head by a low bridge inflaming thereby the organ of amativeness ani causing him to become not only soft lint looney toward the female sex and a laughingstock to his associates all of which shows the man is forever and at all time susceptible to influences beyom his control that affect his conduc and actions The food he eats has power to affect his morals am conscience and fits of anger gen crated by poor digestion have led to murderous propensities Vice and intemperance coupled with poverty and hardship have made devils out of men by nature good and kind and so potent are con ditions in shaping and controlling human beings we are astonishes daily by acts brought to our notice Few men would becomi cannibals in a land of plenty but cases are common where men lave eaten human flesh on the high seas when death stared them in tike face from starvation Conditions are everything and man is the slave of them all through life because he is what they make bin whether good or bad moral or immoral We have in the United States more than half a million women leading lives of prostitu tion Are they doing This fron choice or necessity There can be but one reply for with the rarest of exceptions no wonum deliber ately chooses such a life unless driven to it Fate compels then to so live and fate insures new victims daily in all large cities where existence is forever an un certainty for thousands who sell their services in some department of labor Our State penitentiaries contain over 100000 human beings known as convicts and theirilivesdisappointment Ask any of these victims of fatalism is they ever sought or desired such an exist nee as they are now compelled to endure Not one of them will tell you they ever expected such n fate when starting out in life for hope that pleasant and plausible liar predicts only the good and desirable things and gives them in abundance to everybody So when we see what happens in this world where all who live wish and hope for the best that life can give we are compelled to agree with Carlyle that It is not in man that wnlketh to direct his footstepsOur Thought friends tell us that desire concentration and earnest efforts will win success and that mortal man can and does shape his own destiny But the assertion is not true for desire to start with is an involuntary thing it comes to a man Wit1l power to compel him to act nnd I secure contentment and pence of mind he strives to gratify this involuntary intruder We hnd- hlre in this city a man who begu n life as a bricklayer but the de sire took possession of him to be a preacher a preacher he be mate Desire drove him into tho pulpit and he would have heen driven in some other direction just the same had a different dc sire got possession of him so y Oll see how fate plays with n IIInns vocation mid compels him to be whatever he is Now if one of our New Thought friends was correct in his assertion all mln would be happy contented IInd successful for men desire to be and workwith that end in view but fate comes along nnd drives them into nil kinds of trouble and disappointment To some mum everything seems to come without effort nnd wealth rolls in upon them while others are held like n vise in the grip of poverty and never leave enough at the close of life to meet their funeral expenses Did John D Rockefeller lwow when coal oil was struck n hout the time of our Civil War that he would some day be the richest man in the world No and yet the forces of fate have made him such and other men once pos sessed of millions have lost nll mid been reduced to a condition of poverty We have had four great men in the history of this nation who lesired to be President of the United States and they concei rated their minds and their cf forts to attain the coveted position and failed I refer to Dani Webster Henry Clay James G Elaine and William Jenning Bryan According to new thought deas they should have succeeded hut they didnt Such intellectual lonentfties as Franklin Pierce incl Rluthcrford B Hays got timer vithout effort or expectation an ate forced them to the front nUll over the heads of men better fit ttd by brains and ability to hold the office So goes the world an many men of latent power nnd rent ability live and die in ol s enmity because fate furnishes no vents to draw then out and de elop them Take the ease of Jcneral Grant but for the Civi iVar he would have lived and died in obscurity and he had no more to do with shaping his career ot lestiny than had Bismarck of icrmany who was indirectly the muse of three great wars in which 10000 men perished Another reature of fate was that gigantic igure in history Napoleon Bona larte For a time he bid fair to lominate as a military ruler all of Surope and when in the height of his success he once referred to the word impossible as the ad cctive of fools But when fate irought certain changes and hi found himself on the island of St Helena completely shorn of power hc felt and realized the full import of the word And so we light go on with individual casei or illustration but let us now turn to nations and note how n trange fatality follows them all under the law of change and per Ddicity This old earth is dot ted with the ruins of empires the emains of once flourishing civilizations and in Volneys ruins we cave a hook that furnishes food for the most serious thoughts that vcr entered the mind of man All nations have their birth growth maturity death and de ay and in this respect like idividuas In civilizations lint ever existed there was a limit to progress and advancement fol locd by regression and decay allof which is in accord with what fleutt termed a universal cyclic Inw that controls the destinies ol ations as gravitation controls the orbits of the planets Sucli pings sire fated to be and as this old world rolls on its axis in its icmingly endless flight it contains no promise of different conditions than those that have always prevailed under the reactionary law of destiny that nations will fall- in future as they have in the pnst and let us bear this one thought in mind the cause of ery nations downfall has been the same thing concentration of wenlthThen the few possess and control time wealth of a nation- doom is sure and certain and this nation of which we boast pride and glory is destined to go as have gone all the others as- went Eirynt Greece and Rome Never dill n nation rise quicker to the zenith of its power thorn has this one and never since history was written has wealth accumulat cd in the hands of the few so rap idlly as in this country since the- Civil War It took centuries for frfr fr3M N Mfr + NOojH N N N N N N0 + + + + + + + + + tMans Origin and Destiny CaliforniaiBy Dr A Hausman Alameda This is the Greatest Book of modern tinis on the theory of Evolution applied to Sociology will shortly be issued in book form by the Blue Urns Blade making a book of nearly 51U limo author has iIt dedicated it to Prof ErnE Hucckel and tia groat Jena philosophor has accepted tho dedicationt 200 Subscribe Now and Save Money I All charges of postage will bo prepaid upon advance subscriptions The first chapters are now in time press and publication in book form will immediately follow its serial publication in tho blade columns t NowISubscribeSMC scribe Now I JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky F- N N N N N N H N H iN NON N H N N N AAN NSN N N N N N N N N N N N the Roman empire to get whet we are today and we are under the slime curse of venality RId avarice that afilicted those people in the long ago and in the mon eymad condition in which we ex ist and under which we are drifting to those conditions which Macauley foresaw and foretop We are generating our own HUllS and Vandals as he declared woul be the case We are absolutel rotten politically religiously and morally and the only thing in life that society considers a success is moneygetting The extremes in society arc ing widened daily As Parton pressed it wealth accumulates in heaps and then follows the usual result When Rome went great multitude of her people were landless and moneyless so when Alaric the barbarian aske the plebians why they did not le fend the city he got this rtjply we have nothing to defend Thus governments destroyed by concentrated wealth for when the masses have nothing they per mit stronger physical forces to overthrow them or do the wor themselves As Byron affirmed history has but one page firs freedom and thou glory whet that fails wealth avarice corrur tion barbarism Over and over again this page has been written and as our old friend Solomon ex pressed it that which hath been is that which shall be Whcthe you accept the fact or doubt it makes no difference future event in a general way are decreed with absolute certainty under the law of periodicity And the same thing occurs over and over again But what are you going to do about it f You going to do nothing for you cannot for wha fate decreed is inevitable Al governments legislate more for property rights than human right find ours is no exception and therein is the fatal mistake and causes their downfall Legisla tion is bought and sold without a moral sense of wrong doing and so it always will be while money is placed shove manhood and thc greed of gain remains a nationa form of insanity Wealth has al ways managed to control the mass until extremes produced a crisis and the man who cherishes the hope it will ever be otherwise ii Fondling a delusion Ever the enthronement of great corpor ations which followed our Civil War clear and farseeing mer have fought with pen and tongue mr growing evils but not the lightest check has been placed or my of them nor will there be for capital controls legislation and to a great extent the public press which in turn misleads and barn ooles the people Capital wants aws that will increase its power ind profits and trusted agents go where the laws mode and buy vhnt they want and by so doing lapital always has an advantage ver labor and can control it Tepee you can no more prevent he concentration of wealth than ou can check time rotary move itbntislownfall of nations history mind to respect itself as long as mortal man exists and plays his utomatic part in the tragedyof life These may not be cheerful thoughts or ones but if you want the kind accord with facts and you cannot reject them words of Pope are as true as they were in the ISth Man never is but always blest and hope still sings rem songs as we look for the time coming that never gets And now in conclusion as we forever confronted with this tion is there another state of scSonsncss following this what can be said for or from tho fatalistic standpoint talism which deals with facts sees nothing to dicate a past existence and ing on which to predicate a ture one so when mortal seems to perish forever with material organization which he attained he probably does and with slopping of his air pump mind beating of his heart there tie reason to doubt that he to the unconscious elements which he sprung But this much better than going to all eternity where consigns the great majority nun beings that time part of fatalism loses all mince So as we continue time ney to the universal place let us say with the on with the dance let joy confined for the man who the front will be ahead of man behind and that he what we are all trying in the policy of every country on the globe for it l ry man for himself timid the placeI take the hindemost Go you will and fate lies buck that tins been that is and will be and before her we bow because we must Why I Dont Go To We infidels are found a leal of fault with by our opponents because we o to church I do not church because there is in the religious service of church that is attractive truth is this It is in the air Christianity is false that the tins of the Christian Church 10 foundation in nature or hat the story of Jesus in the Testament is too absurd and ish for honest intelligence to with approval and that has overthrown the fables Old Testament That nothing to show that man iver fallen or that he vtviour that miracles arc tad that to pray is silly Christians who profess to God and man love gold and better andy a great deal u general hypocracy ociety which is fostered b reaching of Christianity I ead the history of the Bible know that this book is not if is called by the ministers To say that the is the word of God is too lous to believe A prn God never been limn and for me to go to equivalent to upholding IIis an imposture is not the place to Its a dead where we hear only the rattling dry hones The preaching is not practical and its no wonder wo stay away from church 1he masses have been kept in ignoi ante and the infamous lie of hell has been the weapon whichever priest and minister hits held in his hand and in the other a sword and on his lips the curse of a ago God Can any titan wlto knows the truth go to church am listen to a lie Hill feel edified There is still another side that is against Christianity and that is the scientific Darwin understoo the origin of man better than the writer of Genesis llumboldt was better acquaint cd with Geology than Closes IInd Taplaco with his telescope couli see further into space than Josh un Every church is a monument timid around it twines the serpent of superstition on whose fangs is written the history ofjgnorancc superstition mind fear and these three constitute time trinity of the Christian religion In the place of worship I would siibstitut the adoration of nature Let us understand the natura and solve the problems which are of far greater use to us than all the Christs you can crams into in finite space It is knowledge of the world we live in of ourselves and the things about us which we need I would like to see the pulpit changed to a rostrum adorned by learned teachers linn every pew filled by anxious stu dents and every church steeple made into an observatory Ii place of the hcllII telescope in place of the Bible a book of set epee in place of the Gospel hynn the melodies of cheerfulness ii place of the contribution box n gift to every child and instead of hearing dailymud yearly propounded the dry presumptions of ancient superstition mankind would reach the intellectual plant where nature is our God science the revcator and knowledge the only Saviour E B TANNER THIS WORLD GOOD ENOUGH FOR HIM Rev Dr W C Biting a St Ioiiis pastor addressing an audi dice of university students at Am Arbor Michigan on February 22 is reported to have said The world is good enough for me J do not want to feo to a harp or wear a heavy crown of heaven I had rather be here to day than he in heaven It is not heaven to me either to thump 01 gold attend eternal prayer meetings Most of those meetings we have today are bad enough But the cleric did not rest at that point ire continued as fol lows Oh how abominable are some of the hymns Ragtime tunes and whitewashed coon songs arc nIl they amount to Life bounded by an orthodox heaven ami hell with eternal psalm singing on the one hand and endless burnings on the other 10 wonder he had rather stay in this country even with the ther mometer down to zero where we round it n few mornings ago If the disgruntled Christian would familiarize himself with a ipiritual heaven such as was de scribed by our Brother Von Waters in these columns two weeks ago he would find a Paradise worth enjoying That person who would not desire to spend an eternity with the Bible heroes and assassins and Moses Joshua Da vid and Solomon the latter with his 700 wives timid 300 concubines us constant companions should be commended for good sense Pro gressive Thinker Chicago Up To Them After collection in a certain colored church in Georgia itWIIS the custom of the minister to de posit the offerings in a box which 3ie turned fver to the sexton The two would then hide the box plnceknownDespite these precautions it was found that small sums of money were being regularly ex tracted So one day there wits a conference between the two Joseph said the minister sternly some one is taking the money from the box and you know that no one has access to it lint you and myself The sexton was unmoved Well minister said he Its like this If theres a deficiency its between you and me to make it up mind soy nothing about it Harpers Experience Not Necessary I believe Ill open a dramatic school said the seedylooking man Why You have never been on the stage have you asked the preacherNo Then how do you expect to be able to teach people to not Its sinvple enough Youre touching people how to be angels arent you Have you ever been in heavenChicago Record SHOOTS BIBLE TALES 0Continued from Page 1 It wasnt up to the modernist to Spinosa mud the rest to prove that Moses did not write the Pen icteuch Doctor Sale observed humorously An old Jewish rabbi Kbn Ezra of time Twelfth Century divined the fact but was too afraid of the watchdogs of Zion t o come out in the open with his discovery In coneliifjion Doctor Sale re narked that already the barriers of artificiality and conventions ire crumbling away toward the ealization of time universal ligion FENNEL In THE ORIENT by arles Chltton Moore V1 young man the author hall itartcd out to walk through the Holy anils on toot Reaching Paris he gave up the Journey and returned home He made the trip by rail and boat about three years before tile death This book lycs an account of what he saw and xploden numerous Christian myths It especially suitable for n present Cloth Bound Pages Postpaid 125 Address orders to mADE Lexington Ky