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Digital page images are linked to the text file. f BLUE GRASS BLADE 1 VOLUME XVNT1rker idM LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY AUGUST 7 1910Number 33 lRklJ 1 hlltf ir r91rte T r 9 + + + 131mmnrtality 1 Our Beliefs and Dreams on this Subject fReflect Our Moral Selves As men arc so arc their ideas of immortal life We may even judge ourselves by this test may ask 4 What are my thoughts of the Afterworld Are they paltry or noble Whatever the answer is it will bo as a lookingglass showing what manner of men we are in the present world The savage therefore entertains savage thoughts of the soul and its destiny lIe will think of his soul as a shadow or as a manikin or small copy of his body or as a spirit that llies oil in the form ofa moth or butterfly or as J something that may escape from him in a swoon or bo stolen from him by 1awitch or sorcerer So also with the and occupation of the soul after death Our beliefs our dreams our poetry on this subject reflect our moral self The savage will think of the future world as a dismal a Held for hunting an ocean on the spirit paddles its canoe whichII visions will shape into the tormuits of Tartarus tho cold and dark recesses of Sheol or Hades tho miseries of Hell the cleansing sufferings of Purgatory the Happy t Islands of rest or the Gardens of Paradise or the choirs and golden architecture of the New Jerusalem or the Ten Heavens of Dante All through these ideas there runs the sure criterion if they are mean and selfish tho mind that harbors them is mean and selfish narrow and in dividualist and as they become pur er and less egotistic it is a sign the mind which creates them is itself becoming purer more impersonal disinterestedmore We believe indeed that each dividual should have full scope for a usifnjaudcheerful life that every industrious citIzen illub llSured- and great masses are not assured and orderly family 1now of a decent existence that education should be such as to discover and use for social ends every faculty of skill and genius that hides in the brains ot tho people Mr Bernard Shaw lately used a happy word which defines a reason able kind of domestic existence the word handsome Life for each citizen should be simple healthy am pIe handsome Without this free strong handsome individual life the lifo of humanity itself is so much weaker and more puny But while I we say this while wo insist on it and demand that politics Socialist or other shall make such an individual life for all we yet believo that tho individual life itself has no true value apart from the general life the general love the general or del tho general progress We live through humanity The life that we live is the life of the past humanity gathered up summed up concentrat J All the dead ed in our hearts today live in us They rule us by their feeling thought invention art pol wordWe are the lastitics energy the last note in theiriii their speech 1He song the last beat of their heart and in the movement of the human race today we hear tho lustle of the wings of the Past and breathe the breath of our fathers That is wily the study of history should be a lov ed occupation it is looking into tho face of a mother Tho individual life then ha sno value apart from general life The destiny of the individual is sub ordinate to the collective evolution Greek and Roman patriots rightly died for city and fatherland because in doing they proved their subor dination to the collective existence The same noble spirit was shown in the loyalty of tho Jewish people to their Law in the loyalty of Catholic 1saints to the Church in the loyalty of French Revolutionists to the ideal df Liberty Equality Fraternity in tho loyalty of Irishmen Finns Poles Hindus and others to the ideal of tionalf selfdevelopmmt in tho loyalty of many a humble Socialist today to the vision of his Utopia And therefore we believe in collective immortality But nobody will want this immortality until he has learned to love the idea of the splendid gent eral life tho idea of the rich fertile life of our race all over the planet Until you learn to lovo humanity you are moro concerned with personal immortality in the narrowest sense b V l Ij than you are with the enduring life of the vast society of which we are every one members 1 spoke on this subject to a meeting of workingmen and 1 put tho question to them Do you honestly wish to live forever just as you arof A murmur of No went around the room And the next question was this If then you would wish tho worse parts of yourself removed if you wish your weaknesses removed would you quite recognize yourself- after their complete removal Their- answer was a smile They could see that a purified human character transferred to a new sphere of existence would be so changed thpt it would not be reasonable to regard it as a valid continuation of the present individual life the conception of a Larger Life in which the better ments of our individual lives are pre served and the inferior are gradually erased and cancelled Whatever was precious in the life of the departed if it was only as Dante has it ono little tear that had genuine feeling in itshall live on in the universal Man There are no dead There is a play of Maeterlinck now being acted in a London theatre which shows a scene of gravestones from which two children expect to see the dead arise No shrouded corpses issue from the tombs Only lilies spring up as one sees in old Italian paintings of Mary th Virgin ascending to heaven from an open coffin filled with lilies The boy in the play cries out There are no dead We carry the dead in our blood we guard their memory in thO inmost chamber of our being can Shakespeare be dead when his thoughts ring musically in nmllions oftudLallover theoivili led world evcrv moment TIf he could as nn indiidualin Elizabethan guise retijrn nd survey tho nations would he not confess that he is moro auVj today than in the ICth and seventeenth centuries There are luo And we have to rememper that all natures that have any good in them at all have a part in this growing power of the socalled dead It is not only the illustrious people whose life endures A man gave of cold water to a thirsty yfaier The heart of humanity fjoday is richer for that little act of kindness It is not our own goodness Ihat keeps the world sweet and free from decay There is in us a vast store of nobility which has been treasured up century after century by men women and child ren whose names are forgotten In old Greece in old Rome in old India and China in the cave of Primitive Man and in tho souls of the poor dumb creatures from whom our race evolved is the fountain of our morality And so the moral character of the world increases Every healthy heartbeat of ours every affectionate impulse in Jan or animal every commonsense thought or word every bright and musicalconception every hit of industry in field factory or workshop every effort to build in politics or education every duty done for family or educationevery on e of thes e things is a gift flung into tho treasury dynamic of every generous heart adds a lasting glory to the human race To do a useful piece of service therefore is not a plan for securing some reward in another world for a paltry Self It is adding a drop to a magnificent stream It is adding a stone to a noble templet It is giving a stronger riiythm lo the one vast human soul ulhe whold succession of men during many ages says Pascal should bo eonsidere as One Man ever liv ing and constantly learning Our faults are so much waste but they do not stay the march of the One Man Ho marches because our race is moro healthy than unhealthy its goodness is greater than its trans- gressIons v But wliathas immortality to do with tho outcast proletariat who has no scope for tho handsome life and who constitutes tho problem of mod ern politics over the civilized world If it is true tjiat even the unemployed and the pauper is a child of the Past if it is tim that this brother of misfortune carries in his brain even if ho know8 it dot same spark of the 4 jt life of Plato of Marcus Aurelius of Joan of Arc of Cromwell of Goethe of Shelley of Mazzini and tho rest then the problem may be stated thus Are we as a community ensuring this representative of humanity this child of a glorious Pastan honorable placo in the great soci etyf When the question is put to the social conscience in these terms I believe it will appeal with more ur gency more sting more conviction than any question put by the religions of the past or the politics of Liberals and Conservatives today Such a question reminds us that the Outcast Man I mean the unemployed the defective the socalled fallen woman is not simply a troublesome person who can bo more or less adequately dealt with by Charity Organizations or Labor Exchanges or penal farm colonies Humanity herself faces us and asks What are you doing with this my son my daughter who carries some germs if ever so feeble f my majestic life f Ho or she if oer so decayed and wrecked is no beast of tho field out of all re lation to mo but a representative though ragged and foul of a wonderful series of past ages I beseech you give him the opportunity to act as myworthy servant Surely in such a conception of the problem of unemployment and poverty we have a moral dynamic that is revolutionary in the grandest sense and that is creative for social order and pro wander into no vain speculations as to what may be the secrets of realms beyond sunrise and sunset and the evening star But if a hundred curtains were drawn aside from any such secrets if veil after veil were lifted to reveal marvels of evolution now inconceivable to us yet the doctrine of tho Enduring Life would still hold true Even when the theatres of existence and experi ence was enormously enlarged still the most precious thing would be the living for others Men and histories come and seem to go Yet the supreme river of life proceeds It is a dignity to know wo belong to such a river We and our comrades of love order and progress are that river Wordsworth wander a Yo ajon of TiulJnnynr- s the stream ent rt sea a moment sympathized with its ap parent dissolution But on glancing back along the valley down which the Duddon had led him as partner and guide he saw the river still flowed its water lapsing but its function never dying The stately stream of humanity flows onto us the fairest and dear- Est Existence in the universe I thought of thee my partner and my guide As being passed away Vain sym pathies For backwards Duddon as I cast my eyes I see what was and is und will abide Still glides stream the function never dies While we the brave the mighty and the wise Wo men who in our morn of youth defied The elements must vanishBe it Enough if something from our hands have power To live to act and serve the future hour And if as towards the silent tomb we IIhrough love through hope and faiths transcendant dower We feel that we are greater than we knowIF J Gould in London Freethinker NO REASON IN RELIGION Otto Wettstoin Alleges That to Doubt tho Bible Means Atheism have little sympathy with those people who are rising up now trying to make us disbelieve the Old Testament If you are going to throw out ono of the testaments it will not be long before tho whole will go WQ want to Believe the whole thing It stands and falls together Men say You do not believe the story of Lots wife or Jonah and the whale I believe them as I do that the cross was erectedon Calvary idea of men reading the Bible with a penknife in their hands cutting out what they dont like shortest way is to give up tho whole thingRev D L Moody There is great commotion and alarm in orthodox circles of late con cerning tho numerous internecine elcs ments ofskepticism now prevailing This anxiety on the part of thought a t J ful minds is indeed well founded for they insist that the repudiation of a solitary word doctrine event or sentiment contained in the book upon which Christianity is founded will if persisted in lead cvvcntualy and di rectly to atheism And this is true When the church reasons theology must fall Prot estantism contains within itself the seeds of selfdestruction If A can consistently repudiate a literal hell B can complacently consign to the realms of fiction tho fish virgin and pillar of salt stories When vin and Luther protested against the dogmas of the Popes they sowed the seeds which when Channing Parker and tho new school theologians protested against the dogmas of Prot estantism blossomed into the buds which if these protestations continue will in the near future unfold into a purely scientific materialism and in cidentally into atheism There is no place for reason in tho church and religion and theology are not subjects of reason When we reason deeply a God will get farther and farther away from us and when we analyze the faith we have left we become atheists A God known is no God at all said the pious Col Bridge and a person content to lieve in a virgin mother an omni present personal Godand an irn personal God cannot be a God and all it impliesin a local heaven and in a continuous personal life in thisuge of science and progressive thought believes in miracles so profound and so grotesque that it is simply ridiculous to reject a solitary nor incident or narrative recorded in that book God conception alone from the one originating in the savage brain of the fetich worshiper to the lofty ideal of Rev Mr Savage of Boston conveys ideas so stupendously unnatural and antithetical to wellknown facts that no honest telligent theist can reasonably and consistently subscribe thereto and then refuse to believe a solitary thing recorded in his or any other Bible The strength of Romanism lies in the blind and abject obedience of its subjects to the authority of pope and priest Reason is scorned understanding evidence and facts are ig ifi taniLa blind thJntpnf mle authority of the church impera- tivEly demanded for the salvation cf the soul Therein lies its power qnd in the humble acquiescence Ihe people alone rests its security roestants should heed the warning Religion is not jirogresive It is ither pure Bible theology a la vin Edwards Talmage Surgeon toady the Popes and ignorant but consistent divines or its claims fall to ground We have no new Bible It modern revelation and not a soli ary fact to base a new theology Upon It must stand as it has for 16 solitaries since the first Bible was compiled or fall Said Rev Dr Jatfield of your city Theology is lOt a progressive science the revela Hon is trade once for all and the book is shut the hasp is upon it and it is sealed Therefore the church can pursue only one course consistent with its safety and that is to adopt tho methods of Romanism which makes it incumbent upon its members ito suppress all doubts every tend ency to reason by refusing them the right to think andreason for them selves I admire Mr Moody He posseses the true uncompromising spirit of all religions and unless apostates from the established schools can maintain their new faith upon a basis of science logic and reasonwhich they cannottheir several new the ol gies new interpretations hew revisions must be as peremp torily rejected as they have rejected the old There is absolutely no promise no halfway house no stopping place between a solitary doubt in the infallibility of the Bible and radical atheism between Calvinism find naturalism Those who still cling to embrace and hold sacred the idea of a heaven an immortal soul and of an omnipresent being in an inflito universe among a cosmos of soaring seething incandescent bodies count less billions in number and most of them as large as a million worlds have no logical right to reject the pther infantile stories of the Bible because their God and their heaven and their spirits tower as far above tho miracles they have rejected as a mountain above an ant hill OTTO WETTSTEIN THE GOSPELS EXAMINED We Can hardly expect tho pious fathers to pass over such an import ant event as tho hanging of Jesus without ii prophecy to back it up d sere it is The Matthew writer f IiofI J 1 says 2053 that He had but to pray to His heavenly Father to re ceive the assistance of twelve legioiu of angels But he said had he taken this means of deliverance how then would the scriptures be fulfilled that thus it may be We are referred to Isaiah chapter 53 the whole of which is a lament on Israel and the captivity in Babylon The statement about the twelve legions of angels was simple brag for judging by the effect of his prayer ill which he three times requested that the bitter cup might be taken from him his Father would not or could not send him even one angel The result of his prayer if it were ever offered was similar to what is seen every day with regard to the prayers of other peoplenil RELIGIOUS TRUST BEING FORMED A few weeks ago at New York City Uncle Sams Gateway article of incorporation were filed in the County Clerks office for a religious organization to be composed of all Christ ian churches including Protestant Roman Catholic and Greek churches The incorporate name of this giant Trust is A Christian Unity Found ation and its aim is to do for Christianity what Carnegie and Sago Foundations do for education Now if this is not enough to make nonChristians sit up and take notice then they ought to be hit with a landslide or cannon ball Let this octopus get his numerous claws fastened into our land and we will have to go to Europe for a whole regiment of Tom Paines to put him out The leaders of this movement are men prominent in the Protestant Episcopal Church and we can road between the lines the supreme effort of the Episcopal Church to get back to Catholic Church where she has long wanted to be provided she could do so without unconditional surrender The Episcopal was the only large denomination that refused to join the Federal Council of the Church of Christ in America formed a few years ago This poor old aristocrat is just itching to be remarried to Rome and in order to bring about ik rinmhlinphersolf hws framed up this Trig compromise The passage in England nl1last month of the Kings Accession Declaration Bill shows a gradual receding of the Episcopal Church from its antagou ism to Catholicism and some now born may live to see a Catholic on the throne of England There is not much probability that all the Christian churches will get along any better togetherthan those cats weve heard about orithe inhab itants of a city tenomentbut this organization ate awake to the fact that In union there is strength and that great strength is needed to overthrow the trend of intelligent freethinking Mr Stebbins in Blade of July 10J is right in his statement that w are approaching the abyss of a bloody revolution We may try b deceive ourselves into belief that we are approaching a bloodless era that we will gain frcedurlby ovoiu tion and not by revolutiortruut his tory shows that liberty has ahviiys exacted blood as its price And it1al- ys will While we dream of freedom the religious Trust is forging the chains to bind us down to ignor ance superstition and slaveryof mind if not of body and we will have to fight hard to regain what we are idly allowing to slip away from us That bloodless era is not at hand and so long as there are Roosevelts to encourages and Popes to demand the ignorant to rear 15 to 25 children per couple there will be wars to rid the world of this surplus population and make way for the survival of the fittest Thinking friends shall we get together and make ourselves of the fittest or shall we look to Europe to send us her Paines and lFerrers MINNIE PAtJL ABOUT REV DABNEY Editor Blade I see Minnie Paul gives an account in the Blade of a preaching trip in an automobile of Rev T H Dabney his Wifeand grandson I know something of this outfit Mrs Dabney is my wifefs sister- Paul need not doubt that Jeho vah will look after them he little knows to what extremes this preacher will go for Jehovah My wife over heard him preaching against evolution to her other sisters boy He said as far back as history reaches which was six thbusand years a horse had been a horse andacow had been a cow etc Species hadnt l i t changed a particle My wife then interfered like Satan who came also and said that scientists claimed to have evidence that the horse had made wonderful changes and that he once was a fivetoed animal not larger than a lox The preacher said no leading scuntist takes such a sition and they all deny the doctrine of evolution My wife asked him to name some of tho leading scientists who denied it as she had along heard the other way But he could not ex actly do that but it was rather tho schools that were frowning down upon it and among others he named Yale and Harvard But it so hapIpened that at very tithe Prof of Pa leontology Lull of Yale was recon structing an apeman of 000000 years ago and excursionists from all ime state were arriving to see it And 1 his predecessor Prof Marsh of the same institution had reconstructed the ancient horse now in the museum there 1 wrote the boy a letter giv ing these facts and tho boy sent it to the preacher Tho preacher came back on meho and the Lord in partnership like mad hornets He gave me no proof but told me I was conceited and I had better be careful what I teach other peoples boys Yes Jehovah will look after this outfit but it is hard for him to pro vide for his servants when the people believe in Lineville evolutionj There is every reason to believe that the story of the Crucifixion as given in the New Testament was an invention of the second century in serted for the purposeo f making Je sus a Savior like other Messiahs and of giving a divine aspect to the gibbeting of a common malefactor The statement that he was released re Roman Governor flogged and handed over to the Jews was a fabrication for the purpose of making certain records of current events in the Hebrew Scriptures appearas ii prophecies and in order to present I Him before the public as a valid Dyes r andanth nan nriminal Thisviow y otr rate yrthe isorepantes and the contradictions to be found into the dffierehr gospel accounts and e silence of contemporary history SOME CURIOUS INSPIRED BIBLE TEACHINGS In the Ctb chapter of Genesis 0thm verse we are told that it repented tho Lord that He had made man on tho earth n Wd find no less than a score of instances where the Lord is represent cd as saying and doing things then repenting for them Now we ask Are wo expectedto believe lor even to imagine that an Infinite All wise God ever did or ever will bet guilty of doing or saying anything then repenting for it The yery thought of such a thing would bo a shameful slur upon his dignity Towwhat throne would He go toask for f J giveness That would be brin g tlw Lord of Heaven and Earthsrdofwn upon an equality with But Why should the Lord repentffor making man This would have 4 J been a curious worldLwithoutn man in it Did not Lord Jk w what he was doing when he made manrIt would seem not at least Why should he repent for making man and nothing else What had the man done to displease Him He pronounced it all very good at first 1t t look but soon got vexedJ atj the man then destroys the wHole busi s iness In our opinion the creation theory as reported itt Genesis is one of the greatest frauds and deceptions ever put in print It is too far below tile dignity of any god to be guilty of isuch work Then it is too silly too contradictory and too unreasonable for any intelligent honest and truthv 4 ful person to contemplate for ar mo tment The question is asked If amanfr die shall he live again Jpb 14 14 We answer In case he lives again it will be through a birth into life the same as the present one and it will bo hero on this1arth with no niore mystery connected with than the first Such a future life as that we would be willing to tolerate but one that is to bo gained throughfear with the promise of an endless punishment in crise we dont get it is more than we can allow One world at a time is all that is needed All the rest are inside of that i f C 4 I BLUE GRASS BLADE FOUl By CHARLES IILTON MOORE edited by Mm until his death February JAMES E HUGHES Proprietor 126128 Uorth Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky- P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES dy mall postpaid 100 pr yr In advance Five new yearly subscribers at one mittance cents each Foreign subscriptions postpaid 16 per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents one month or lour Insertions 1100 six months 600 one year 800 Quarter column Insertion 200 one monthtOO six months 2000 one year 3000 Half columc wnole column or larger advertisements at special rates con ap plication ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscription has been paid up In advance The address sUp on tie paper will show subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted will be sent If asked for upon renewal In case of discontinuous SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER cnange his or her address advise this otnce giving oath old and new ddresa aa desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade Is at 126128 North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Free thinkers will be given a hearty wel come TUB BLADE Is entered at the Fostoffloe at Lexington Kentucky as econdI claa mailing matteIt ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO JAMES E HUGHES Box Lexlng on Kentucky THE BLADE AS A MONEYMAKER Here are two specimens of many letters we receive concerning the Blade We have never hesitated to take our readers into our confidence regarding the financial condition of the paper nor have we attempted to hide anything concerning the internal affairs of the paper For the past five years the Blade has been pub lished at a loss financially We have never expected to make money on it do not now expect to make money on it are not publishing it for the pur pose of making money Our days of philanthropy are nearly over because the purse is low The first letter is j from out in Iowa and is as follows Lineville Iowa Aug 13 10 Dear Sir I will donate 100 for the further maintenance of the Blade provided and as soon us the Editor gives guarantee or assurance that the same will be continued one year long er from Sept 1 1910 Very truly A A SNOW The Editor has no guarantee or assurance to give As long as he can raise the money to pay the running expenses of the Blade and his family the Blade will appear Nearly two thousand professing Freethinkers in this country have been taking the paper promising toI J pay for it and have not paid That isa specimen of the guarantees and assurances we get These two thousand may be representative of the Freethinkers of the United States We are inclined to believe they are not If we are wrong in this belief it is time for the Liberty we prate so much about to turn her face to the wall Here is a letter from a man that is a man one of Natures noblemen Read it Upland Ind Aug 11 1910 Dear HughesI write to know if the Blade is to suspend publication as intimated in a recent issue for there are several who might renew if it is to continue but in doubt they dont or will not subscribe Just previous to Sercombes To morrow magazine going up in smoke I solicited and sent in several subscribers to it and naturally they felt as if defrauded in not get tinS their paper and as you know I gave you ten times as much toward the Blade ns some of the Big Guns that were continually lambasting less favored ones and dont feel now like taking subscriptions from those who would not get the paper for a time nt least How is it t Speak right out as we want the Blade if it can be kept going I find there is no difference in men of belief or unbelief for honor honesty et al Truly I M MILLER We arc trying to speak out As lung us enough money is received here to pay half the expenses the Blade will be published The ex penditures from August 1 to August 15 were a little more than 65 The receipts were less than 5 The money owing the paper from Freethinkers who gnaw and gnaw loud about other people not being honest and sincere in their opinions amounts to over 250000 Enough money is owing the paper to pay its running expenses for over a year We have taken the word of these people have paid for their papers and sent them to them If any of them are too poor to pay the small amount they owe we dont ask them to try to do it but they certainly owe it to us to let us payingGpublication because Freethinkers had subscribed for it promising to pay and did not pay Wo are rapidly reaching the conclusion that many of them are not noted for square deal ing The sum and substance of the whole matter is just this As long as the Editor of the Blade can stand the loss he is willing to give of his time and substance to propagate the doc IIthebly paysthe printers the paper must stop He would go a lcugASvay and over a rough road to bring the fel low who promises to pay on his pas per and will not to see himself as others see him- FREETHOUGHT CONjlKSS The International Freethought Congress at Brussels Belgium was opened by Mrs K T Woolsey of Covington Ky the delegateatlarge from the United States The last Congress held at Rome during the unveiling of the statue of Bruno was opened by the immortal Haeckcl of Germany and a previous one by is the first Congress to be opened by a womanin fact only a half dozen women have ever been asked to go as delegates one of these being that greatest living female Mme Curiethe discoverer of ra last delegate from the United States were Dr J B Wilson and M D spoke in French the proceedings of the conference being in that language Mrs Woolsey comes rightfully by her free ideas a kinsman of hers having saved the manuscript of the Age of Reason from destruction when Tom Paine was in the Bastile at Paris during the French Revolu tion and the first bill ever drawn on the American Continent to secure to married women legal control of their property having been written over a century ago by her grand father assisted by his brother afterwards a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Several thousand delegates com posed of the leading scientists and thinkers of the world are attending the Congress MRS WOOLSEYS PRAYER 0 thou invisible eternal infinite force power intelligence or whatever thou art called If thou art not Being like unto ourselves why should men blindly worship thee as such But if a Being thou art why may not men have some knowledge of thy likeness attributes sentiments- If t thou art just and loving and in clined to peace if the delighteth i the happiness and prog ss and well being of thy creatures why have tho religions which seek to honor thee persecuted different creeds and rob bed their own t Why have they soaked the earth with each others blood Why have they inflicted ostracism ruin or death upon all teachers o truth coming within their reach Why have they sanctioned every vested injustice and presented an unbroken phalanx against every phase of social progress Why have they sanctioned the cause of despotism and repulsed that of they humiliated and en slaved womankind All this in thy name 0 Lord and no remonstrance hath thou ever made 0 God in searching for thee men have lost their way Dwellers in huts they have built vast temples to thy glory and over laid them with jewelled magnificence ntul barbaric gold Wearers of rags they have wowed nudlustfulthen millhungrcried for bread while priests have gluttonizcd mid fattened on their this they have done 0 Lord and never once hath thou offered a restraining hand 0 God we pray to thee to begin anew thy government of men worshiptoevery honest thought and make profestos pret ers thehumanof peace and make love the golden ke joyMaythat mankind may bo free and in the division of thy plenteous wealth give each what ho earns and let all persons come to know that the rights of one are the rights of all May thou seo that the future march of humanity is not over a road paved with dead mens bones sprinkled with the tears of grief ofstricken women and with guideposts made of the timber upon which the benefact ors of the race were crucified religionhearts whose blessings shall be joyed here ou earth and whose heaven shall count character not beliefI salvations very self 0 God as man was thrust into the world without his knowledge or con sent and has always had to endure agony and trials without profit to himself whatever the results to a Superman who may evolve in hundreds of centuries yet to come we pray for a revision also of laws ifically thy own May thou stop producing the dead ly microbes which kill over half of thy children before they reach 20 years of age and discontinue tornadoes earthquakes and volcanoes 0 Godall classes and conditions of society have begun to ponder How can it be the world was planned With wretchedness on every band By a Power wise and good a For clear it seems to human eyes That wisdom could plan otherwis And goodness surely would And as we long for thy eternal glory and bliss we pray that at the Judg ment Day man may not plead he should be the judge and thou the one reverence for thee we utter this for thy hearing 0 God if thou be God NOTED BIBLE CHARACTERS Agrippa Herod I son of Aristob ules and Lerenice and grandson of Herod the Great was educated at Rome He lived there in a very ex travagant style giving splendid tertainments especially to the Princesses of the royal family and scat tering his money lavishly in gifts to the freedmen of the Emperor until his debts rendered him unsafe to re main longer in the city He then took refuge in Ideumea From this period almost to the death of Tiber ius he suffered a variety of mis fortunes but having formed aIfriendship with Caligula the latter on his accession to the throne gave him the tctrarchies of Milene Batan ea Trachonites and Auranitis Af ter the banishment of Herod Antipus he received that tetrarchy also name ly Galilee and Perea Claudius whom Agrippa helped to secure possession of the empire add ed to his dominions Judea and Sam aria and he was thus the ruler of a more extensive territory than even Herod the Great His government withnwhom he was remarkably popular but he severely persecuted the Chris tians He caused James the brother of John and the head of the church at Jerusalem to be beheaded and Peter to be thrown into prison Ho diedof a peculiarly loathsome dis thefChristian era The account given u f this in the Acts of the Apostles egret with that given by Joscphus JOEL M HEKHY Agrippa the Second AgrippaIand only 17 years of age Claudius therefore resolved to detain him for some time and in the meantime re transformed the kingdom into a man province but presented him with the little territory of Chaleis when his uncle Herodwho was its ruler1 j dial In 63 A V ho left Romu mid received from tho Emperor nearly the whole of his pa torn ill possessions which were subsequently enlarged by Nero Like his father he was fond of buildings a taste which ho probably ncquiixd by his long so journ at Rome Ho spent great sums in adorning Jerusalem Bcrytus mid other cities But ho was not prudent in the distribution of his favors or just in his treatment of tho highpriest so that ho failed to se euro the good will of the Jews lie did all in his power however to dis suade them from rebelling against till Hennas but when ho found his advice mid warnings neglected he abandoned his countrymen and join ed the imperial troops When Jerusa lem was taken he went with his sis ter to live at Rome where ho was made Praetor mid where he died in the 70th year of his agetho lost of the Ilcrods It was before him that Paul made his memorable de fense JOEL M BERRY THE WORLD AS IT IS By Quivin Bachler The Illustrated Bible says that tho rfiiako had a conservation with Eve Therefore the snake must be the su premo being of the people that lieve in the Bible Other people who have learned something of tho world believe that there is a Creator and in the creation is all the wisdom there ever was Strange to say we nave Materialists who aver that all iho wisdom is in men yet we have thousands of men who do not know as much as nn animal We must give the people who wrote the Bible the credit for having tried to give the people sonic justice somewhere but the Materialists are trying to drive all justice off the earth It would n sorry day for men if they could not get any justice on earth A dead man has no pain and a soul without a living body can have no conscious ness because it takes the whole organ ofn buoy to produce the mind 1 am one of the millions of Frees thinkers who like to see justice on Earth because the ignorance of man we cannot trust for justice A man must be blind if he cannot see just ice our Creator gives us in life What kind of justice would you like to see for the men who pray to scarecrows in order to have their sins forgiven Nature helps us in the fight for Natureism When I was boy in my teens I was looking fora religion that did not insult our Creator but I am looking for it ye That is the reason I wrote the pam phlet called Natureism I have sprat all iny money to introduce it and I have done well so far If I had the wealth of Rockefeller there would be none but Natureism but it is the false religion that made tho money for the rich I have sent two pamphlets to Rockefeller as u gift in order to show him that Natureism is the only true religion but he turned them to me That tells all who have read Natureism what John D is after He will starve to dcathI with all his money Nature docs not know the value of money The man who told the fibof the Earth traveling around the Sun is dead several centuries There is no planet that is visible to us all the time that it is traveling around the sun It would be imposible to see n planet behind the sun A comet travels much faster than any other planet and it takes a comet 75 to 100 yours to go around the sun once A court strengthens the invisible mat ter The invisible matter has to do all the creating which is going on all true time of course all planets sisting towards creating anything The power of knowledge is in the in visible matter and nil living things inhale of it Strange that milions of lnnlsItlug knnwleilgo People praying to things worth less limn u doughnut PcopleI1mt livingfolaniilIulltll1tionEarth and slurs move according to the sayings of the astronomers or to the sight of any non who is n thinker I could not believe the lib about the earth traveling around the sun when I wns n schoolboy There are just ns ninny planets on the other side of the sun as we see on this side All these planets are one body and eachcannot exist of itself Like a watch it needs every wheel to run If children were taught commonsense in school or the existence of our neal creator the Bible and Chris tinnitl would soon be forgotten 27J12 Madison St Chicago In flue City of Indianapolis on vember 4th oth and 6th the Indiana Rationalist Association will hold its progrnmispromises to be the largest convention of Rationalists ever held in the United States EXCURSION 152 CINCINNATI AND RETURNI SUNDAY AUGUST 14 SPECIAL TRAIN Leaving Lexington 725 MY TRIP TOdOME by J WILSON The International Congress of Free- thInkers was held In tlje City of Rome Italy September 104 author attended that Congress as the American delegate It la an account of travel and personal Jiporlences that has receIved- an universal encomium frov press and people In It religious dogmas and tales priestly fiction are ruthlessly exposed while the general style Is without corn parison In American literature of travel Cloth bound pages Illustrated Address orders to CLUE GRASS BLADE Ltxmgton Ky TWO GREAT SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES The Universe Has No God And Man Has No Soul A worldwide movement to nmkc them known and perpetuat ed For particulars send a self addressed envelope to the Presi dent of the Church of Humanity W K KI RIt Great Bend Ins Christianitys Birthplace THE NEW TESTAMENT GOSPEL Upon Which Is Founded the Christian Religion COLLATED AUTHORITIES As to Where It Originated INCIDENTS IN THE LIVES OP SOME OF THE EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS ALSO EXCERPTS FROM THEIR WRITINGS The Author Makes No Claims to Originality pretending only to Have Compiled Accurate Statements DEDICATED TO SUCH AS WOULD KNOW TUB THUTII CONCERNING THE FAITH YET IIAVE NOT TilE TIME TO SEARCH 11 OUT Price 15 Cents Address All Orders to H S HILLS 1847 East EightySeventh Street CLEVELAND OHIO fh f MOTHER KNEW Mother Im afraid Gwendoline la setting her heart on that young Pen nllessFntherYou think so Molhor am almost sure of It Father Well ho Is not a fit person for her to marry Ho Is as poor as a rat and has no prospects Something must be done to set liar against him Mother I have thought of that and have hit upon what I think is an ex cellent pla- nJutherYes What Is ItMotherWe must tell her that wo want her to marry him Retort Courteous Two men were occupying a double seat In a crowded car One of them was a long distanco whistler and the other was evidently annoyed You dont seem to like my whist ling said the noisy onp after a five minute continuous performance- No I dont was the frank reply Well continued tho other maybe you think you are man enough to stop No dont think I am rejoined tho other but hope you are And the whistling was discontinued No Error After All Irate Proprietor of Department StoreSay what do you mean by ads vertising bargains in shoes tomor row Were not going to have a shoe sale on that date New Advertising Manager I know youre not but youre having a stock ing sale today and If some of those stocking bargains are not in shoes to morrow Ill fire myself Didnt Know the Make Marie that young man is coming to see you rather often of late is he notOnly seven nights a week mum Have you asked him what his mo tlve No mum but I will If you want me to I dont take an interest in such things myself but I know its one of theso little red ones with two seats SHE LIKED IT TomI kissed her when she wasnt looking ClaraWhat did she do TomKept her eyes closed the rest of the evening Mary and the Mutton Mary had a little lamb Which she did quickly store- Awayand then she passed her plate And had a little more Getting Her Age How old are you asked the Judge of the lady at the bar Twenty was the reply The Judge looked at her doubtfully Twenty the lady repeated with I seetwenty and twenty thats forty Yonkers Statesman College Life VisitorSo your boy Is In college la he Mr Corntosslo Farmer I cant say exactly Hes in ther ball nine an in ther rowin crew an In ther Jimnayzceum an In ther dormytory but whether hes ever in ther college Is moren I kin find out by his lettersHarpers Bazar He Was Mistaken Ho had loved and lost You are a heartless coquette be saidThats where your knowledge has- a flaw In it she replied I have the hearts of half a dozen young men in this town Went Too Far YeastDo you think there is a penalty for lying- CrimsonbeakSure I knew a fel low who dislocated his shoulder while etrelchlng out his hands to show the size of trio fish ho claimed be had caughtYonkers Statesman Guess What It Was Now professor you have hoard my daughter sing tell me what I ought to do with her Sir If I told you what you ought to do with her the law would hold me as an accessory Headed Her Off Why is your wife angry at you I pinned a Dont Kiss button onto her poodle t+ + + + + + + ++ + += T T T Stye OUfttonm nf t e SFmfftumta i ifn Uy DR JOHN BYfcRS WILSON j i ytiw rWith such wealth of nature round me I cannot use it all k I want you here to share itso to you I loudly call Z 8 Come out from the foul tcnments and passages so dim i ZCometwnnt you little children yes I want you every one Y+ Come out among the blossoms all bespangled with the dewsFor you were made for them my dears and they were s And so you were golden sunshine and the perfumed laden airs iZ To grow tho roses in your cheeks and lighten all your cares t For your cares they are so many and sad are all your days iWith tho sights and sounds degrading that mingle with your plays t+ Yes Tis flowery field and woodland and sunset and sunrise s+ Will put glory in your faces and heaven in your eyes Yt+ The snail and snapping beetle and the wisest Hug of all j That knows exactly what you say and answers to your call t jWell all kneel round his dusty house built something like a cup fMooley Come out yer hole ajjd see him bob tright up show you next the crawfishand how hofackward goes + tIook out when you go wading or hell nab yu by the tDest And well watch the ants atotin their an heavy loads + i And the wiggling tadpoles changing themselveljto little toadsiAnd well all chas Mr Grasshopper as soars and Z I hope you re not like some bad boys who pull way his wings S And Ill show you daddy longlegs the slim t of the slim t Ohmy but youll be tickled when you take a look at him s Why if you could reach as far as he according to your size tYWell hunt JackiiithepulpitsJobnniyjum ips round the tst Jack never preaches and that never jumps3t + And well seek the rare wild flowers JOhniY The sweetness of your childhood and the of tenderness And just for you my darlins theyll don frocks T i The ferns will bow so graceful where they growfainong the rocks ZAnd the buttercups and daisies the hawthofn and bluebells t smile their very sweetest as we wander dellsf tZ t And well watch the buzzard sailing away up the skies tAnd well peep into the birds nests and chase tne butterflies And the chipmunks and the bunnies that run so tAnd well try to find the the tree And well wander thro the P iBpoorWmSi1gitin s at play s S Gather elderberry blossoms hay f Then to see old Brindle and her 1itt u os calf tW But of all the thing t hn YiJ1IhD It tolyou half 4 = 9 Oh Ill show you birds and blossoms n iinndre diffrent kinds + + And all things most in harmonj with tender little minds tAnd for a day at least dears youll forget youryriefs and cares + The wretched gloomy hovels and the long dark lights of stairs iThe vulgar sights all round you and the coarse words in your t ears i Arid the cnfllngs and the scoldings that drown yoiv eyes in tears Z And the foul and odors which fill ur narrow rooms tYYes tis here Id have you wander thro all the summer hours + Tis here Id lay the sickly ones on heapedup beds of flowers tFor tis stream and field and woodland and sunset and sunrise t tWill put roses in your faces and glory in your eyes For you were made for them my dears and they were made s for you Z To make you love the beautiful and start you toward the true So come where brooks are babbling and flashing in the sun etaI want you little children yes I want you every one t rNN WHERE THERE IS LAW THERE MUST BE A LAWMAKER Scientists tell us that the phenom ena of nature are the results of the fixed and unalterable laws of nature Nature behaves as it must in accordance to its innate and invariable laws This being true all events are predestinated their existing cause being contemporary with the origin or natures laws if these laws had an origin If they had no origin but are eternal then all events are pre- destinated from eternity In ancient times and among ignorant people of tho present time it was thought the universe was run by the caprices of a god or gods With this view it would be impossible to tell how a ma chine or any part of nature itself would run from the way it or any similar machine worked before Tho study of nature would be like the study of a lot of chaotic trash so far as getting any information is con cerned Nature would be meaningless and useless as a study it being only the football of the gods It has thus been by abandoning the gods or lim iting their operations to the past or a part so that men have advanced and come to see a meaning in nature Quito often theologians have come to admit that nature is run by fixed laws and that the gods were busy only when when they made those laws and nature to obey them and with the exeception of a few mira cles the gods have ever since this original creation been idle We are told that the gods go counter to the laws of nature every time they an swer prayers For instance If God brings a rain in answer to prayers rw he must perform a miracle to do it that is go contrary to the laws of nature for if the rain came naturally- the prayer would be a neutral facto- as the procuring cause Hut it is contended that where there is a law there must be a lawmaker and the fact that nature is governed by laws proves there is a god Oth erwise it is asked Who made natures laws Now the wor who is a personal pronoun and s the question is equivalent to Wha- person made tho laws of nature f Well some person we will Sa Jones for instance made nature laws Using Sam Jones as we use the letters a bor n in algebra But it is evident that Sam Jones himsel- must be governed by natures laws anti has been so as long as ho was Sum Jones and if ho made all of natures laws he must have made himself which is absurd So righ- hero our theologian finds himsel- driven from the theory of there being a personal god No longer does Jehovah walk and talk in the garden during thin cool of the evening nor write command molts with his finger on stone for he perIlorder to avoid this difficulty It i now rondo to readetWThiat natures laws implying that some thing made these Jaws But here the theologian falls down as before for all the things that we can imagine must themselves he governed by na tares laws so they could not be the maker at least of the laws that are the very condition of their own l T 1 IIIII lug Time theologian finds himself down again nndd makes another ven tore viz Natures laws were not made by any person or thing but by a god which is n spirit an agent wholly incomprehensible to us cap able of acting but absolutely con ditionlcss and absolutely void of any law in his own makeup for were ho governed himself by law that law itself could never have been made for to grant that it could exist with out a maker would bo to go back on the theologians own assertion viz that Where there is a law there must be a lawmaker So Jehovah must be and has been from all eternity an incomprehens ible chaotic void lawless I dont know This thing or this Xrather arc told made natures laws Na tures laws then sprang out of chaos on account of the great wisdom im bedded in tho great chaotic Think of there being wisdom where there was neither law nor ordera god who could make law but himself an eternal stranger to it But how could God make anything without being active and how could ho act without being moved and how could something move before something move before something existed without it had qualities or in other words was governed by laws Henry Ward Beecher said Ev ery body believes in a god until he undertakes to prove the existence of one The same may be said re garding ghosts and demons Now I deny the theologians pre misc I deny that Where there is a law there must be a lawmaker Take the science of mathematics for instance It is replete with law order and harmony that have been true to it from all eternity and will be to eternity to come For instance The square of the hypotenuse of a right angle triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides is one out of hundreds of thousands of propositions which when proven true is proven so for all eternity as well as for any mo ment this side It is thought that because laws have been made by man and order produced by him that therefore all law and order has been brought about by some intelligent agent But this is a mistake Nature by necessity is lawful and an order maker Order is as natural as the chaotic Let a quantity of ordinary shot or hail fall in a heapthey in stantly and instinctly fall in an or arrangement with one globe to a genlertail itc tangent about it be twelve mill ft31l dttlteglntecii and spoon ill a series with a common difference of six Laws in nature primarily are eter ual but as nature is a compounder as well as a decomposer she may gen erate new laws which however are in substance the outgrowth of the primal laws For aught we know gold silver copper iron and lead all came primarily from the same sub stance their different qualities being Drought about by their different treat ments during the past in the great laboratory of nature lore S Black a judge of the Su preme Court in his debate with In gersoll undertook to Provo the exist ence of n god from the fact of nature being run by laws from which ho ferred there must have been a lawmaker He quoted Ingersoll as denying the realityof natural laws run ning the universe and as claimed the behavior of nature in a uniform was only for convenience said to illustrationrhe gives Water says always runs down hill not because there is a law behind it law does not cause the phenomena but the phenomenon causes the idea of law to exist in our minds but that idea factdBlack here accuses Ingotsoil of takten by all scientists Now was perfectly correct in this neither theysdid not menu by the word law matter acts as it does from any au asfgiven to describe its modes of is usd in an accommodated place If I speak of the calf of the porpoise you would not insist that I alUrmed runliuantt thefyoung of a ruminant A A SNOW Lineville Iowa- INGERSOLL ON MARRIAGE The real marriage is bused on mutual affection tine ceremony is but the outward evidence of tho inward flame To this con partiessTho church is an impudent in trader Marriage is made public to time end that the real contract be known so that the world can see that the parties have been actuated by the highest and holiest motives that find expression in tine acts of human beings The mnn and woman arc not joined together by God or by the church or by tho State The real marriago is back of the ceremony anti tho real di vorce is back of the decree When love is dead when husband and wife abhor each other they arc divorced The decree records in a judicialway what has really taken pla c just as the ceremony of marriage attests a contract al made Whoever marries simply for make a mistake but whoever gloves a woman so well that he says I will make her happy makes no mistake And so with the woman who saysHI will make him happy There is only ones way to bo happy and that is to make somebody else so INGERSOLL ON DEATH My friends I know how vain it is to gild a grief with words and yet I wish to take from every grave a fear Here in this world where life and death are equal kings all should be brave enough to moot what all the dead have met The future has been filled with fear stained and polluted by the heartless past From the wondrous tree of life the buds and blossoms fall with ripened fruit and in the common bed of earth patriarchs and babes sleep side by sidcUobt G Ingersoll Some clergymen would perse cute like blazes if they could Rev RW Patterson for in stance a Presbyterian minister said recently at Philadelphia If 1 had my way I would have an executioner called in to deal with all heretics and blasphemers Burning at the stake would be too good for those who revile religion The growth of heresy is such that nothing but such meas ures as this can stop it Well then it wont be stopped for Pastor Patterson will certainly not be able to have his way So if hes satisfied we are We cant find any heaven or hell outside this world So we conclude they lore as Jesus saysthree in one and ore ill three You can find hem all right hero if you wish and red gii no further WORLDS BEST WATCHES Mens New Thin Model 16 Size Waltham Riverside Maxi mus 23 jewels 55 Crescent street Jl jewels 23 Riverside 19 jewels 21 P T Bart lett 17 jewels 1250 625 17 jewels 10 15 jewels 8 7 jewels 6 Elgin uNo 156or 162 21 jewels 55 Veritas 23 jewels 3013 W Raymond 19 jewels 21 242 17 jewels 18 241 17 jewels 12 15 jewels tf jewels 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home lie made the trip by rail and boat about three years before his death This book gives an account of what he saw and explodes numerous Christian myths It Is especially suitable for a present Cloth Bound 350 Pages Postpaid 125 Address orders to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington Ky I AND THERE ARE OTHERS I lovo tho sea shore Every day plno and pine To jro away Hehe I lilt coo- lPaectrlcfnnned There are miles Of redhot sand Here well screened In Life sublime There skceters jab One all the time Hero In a beaded Goblet tall An Icecold drink comes To my call There If Its up To last years form The only drinks One gets are warm There are sand tiles And fleas and heat Here are cold drinks Cool nights and sweet Still the shore calls And will not stop I wonder why Im such a wopl SHE WAS COOL TO HIM Miss Backe BayeI shall not tell you my age and I consider It Im pertinent for you to say Im about thirtytwoMr Fronte Well you see you are pretty near the freezing point Valor Worth While My ladys lips are fair to pee Away with learned terms By Jove If they were offered me Id never think of germs Queer One Hayrlxole man Sparrowgrass air a queer sort uv critter aint he Oatcake I dunno Whats queer er bout HayrlxWhy ez often ez Ive heerd him dlscussln polertlcks deown t th grocery aint never ylt heerd him say what hed do erbout stralgtenln things out ef he wuz president fer a couple uv hours by grass One of the Qualifications- I believe I have the only perfect he hook You didnt catch my remark I was speaking of my husband not of our cowIt was your husband I had In mind If he refuses to hook you up the back he Is not perfect 1Ir A Worker You say you are a temperance am I spend all of my time in the cause But I thought you ran a soda foun tarn Well dont I sell three Ice cream sodas for the price of one drink of whisky Curbing His Insomnia Well how did you sleep last nightLike a top That sleeping powder fixed you up all right did It Doc it was a wonder Ten minutes after she had taken It she was dead to the world EXCUSE WAS ANCIENT Mr Jones a mr suppose you think that excuse I just gave you is a barefaced lie Mrs JonesNo John Its so old that It has whiskers on It Valuable Titles Do not indulge in ribald sneers At Englands latest crop of peers For ions to whom the titles pass Will win our girls and gold alas Expert Opinion Yes said young Mrs Torklns I am sure our garden Is going to be a Yes the chickens have tasted everything and they are perfectly en thusiastic Worse dont see remarked the steer sadly how I am going to live with the price of meat so high You are crazy replied Rover you dont eat meat No replied the steer my case worse than thatI AM meat L THE COLLEGE GIRLS PIE Give me a spoon of oleo ma And the sodium alkali For Im going to make pie mamma Im going to make a pie For John will be hungry and tired ma And his tissues will decompose So give me a gram of phosphate And the carbon and nellulone Now give me chunk of casein ma To shorten the thermic fat And hand me the oxygen bottle ma And look at the thermostat And If the electric ovens cold Just turn it on half an ohm For I want to have supper ready As soon as John gets home Now pass me the neutral dope mamma And rotate the mixing machine But give me the sterilized water first And the oleomargarine And the phosphate too for now I think The new typewriters quit And John will need more phosphate food To help his brain a bit IT CERTAINLY WASNT EllaThat apple that Eve gave Adam has been the seed of much troubleTomYes that was no seedlessvfruit Sweet Things If there are microbes in a kiss Do you think this stupid Ill bet most anything you like Each one looks a Cupid All Out The ReporterWheres the lady of the house The Maldout- ReporterWheres the owner of the family Maid Out ReporterWell saywe have a re port that there was a fire here this morning Is It Maid Out An Impasse New Thoughtlst Why whats the matter V61d 1houghffstIve got aroo f ache N TDont you know If you had faith you wouldnt have that tooth TDont you know that If you had this toothache you wouldnt have any faith No Use for That Kind Miss Uppson said the lady who was Interested In charitable work we are getting up a raffle for a poor man who Is out of work Would you like to take a few chances No thank you replied the fair maid I wouldnt know what to do with a poor man If I happened to win him Heartlessness Mr Blnks reading from newspa pcrThe slaughtering of aigrettes has been so frightfully extensive that It Is estimated these beautiful birds will be totally extinct within a very few years Mrs BlnksWhat a pity that will be Even now aigrettes are dread fully expensive NEVER AGREE States AttorneyThe testimony of those two experts for the defense was very surprising His Assistant I should say sot First time I ever knew two of them- to agree Harmless Breaks A woman may break A mans heart at win But Its always good For another break still Not Enough to Hurt PatienceDont you think a little knowledge Is a dangerous thing PatriceNot If you get It at a cor respondence schoolYonkers Statesman Locating the Villain And who will tie the principal vii thtlCrlendOh the flntnight tUo I augpaI rpu 4 the manage1 trtty i tenRr li GOD AND BRO WADES CHILDLIKE CREDULITY Editor Blade Bra Severance is waiting with great and feverish anxiety for my reply to his article on my II God and childlike credulity I hasten to relieve his anxiety and perchance present the idea of a personal God in a that may illuminate his darkened understanding some II childlike a few words regarding credulity Jesus the founder of the Christian religion said Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven hut when we would convince scientists and Rationalists of the reality and necessity of a supremo intelligence directing all things call it what you t God Nature or Great Spirit we may must first give a reasonable theory that will at least explain the possibility of such on a scientific basis Reason teaches us that all the manifold works of nature must have maker or had a conscious intelligent builder for they could not comet chance Such a thing is so to absurd as to need no argument confute it Then if they did not they must have had chancecome by existedmust havetheya maker or notThey could from all eternity existed for there was a time have so nothing when II the earth was void matter existed but cosmic or nebulous brought What power or being them into their forms as they now create or form exist Nothing can itself before it has an existence being There must be an intelligent oritindependent of its existence could have had an existence never For instance The body of a man to tear has within itself the rebuild itself constantly anddown but daring the life of the individual the body before what being formed You may say existenceit had an thein that body had its beginning mother But who made womb of its gin the the mother and so we trace of man back to the beginning when all was primeval matter without form and void If in the beginning God did not create the heavens and the earth the question arises Who did It is said that Fools can ask questions that wise men cannot answer I may be a fool childlike in my credulity yet I can put questions that the most scientific Materialists and Atheists cannot meet on a Ma terialists basis of reasoning Now let us see if we cannot throw this question of thesome light on a being and personality of Uod and his wisdom and goodness to all His creatures For illustration 1 am gettinga pension from the govern ment 1 say that Uncle Sam gives me this pension What do 1 meant Do I intend to convey the idea that a mysterious person existing only in imagination is the giver of all not understand material benelitsl Do we by the term Uncle Sam the Government and that the Gov J anent is the will of the majority of me people executed by their cuosu agents This will written on the i or the con statute books is tuts law scious intelligent voters of the land All law whctner goon or ball must cave origin in u conscious mtuia geut ueiug- xLUuiuer suet puiuiu lu every uiuau taut every guY oiuueiu ui uutuiB la iiuilrtUb UiUbi UUve ilOlU ui lulU iuuiu ruler jjucu olulu ill tae uiuuu uaa u uuteriiui Who la lilt illIUOlUlti urge Wllll UlUtilXUk ituureakb vuuiu wiu uuu cuiimciuig wuu cuiu inuur la caacliuut lllin UUHuu uuucl oue luvae oiiues uc uu acne we iiuvc ueuu ox tjuvuruuieiil u rremuuui 01 iiicse uuuuu oiaiua wuu is uio cuiet execuuvo over uu uthur uutioiia uiso iiuvo u uuiux ruler unuei other iilleti us ntnglniu jjniur uzur etc out easy aril ml tae ciuci executives of those iiutions the student or iiaiuraiis uiso plain to law that alt the nations of thus uurtu are auiuuabic to the same lows vI society as individuals arc and that in the sayinglaw is best expressed Wo man liveth unto himself Jji other words the peace happiness and prosperity of every individual member can only be secured when the best good of the wholo community is assured Then if individual peace happi ness aud prosperity is only secured by laws that maintain the peace and prosperityof tlie State and the harmony of States by the general government it follows as a necessi ty that all nations must be under the same law in order to secure general peace and the best good of all There must be a Supreme Ruler who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords or there could be no order harmony or plan in the Universe all would be chaos anarchy and ruin It is supreme folly for you or 1 to criticise the wisdom or goodness of the Supreme Ruler of the Uni verse What do we agnostics and unbelievers know of the plans and most that I have been able to know Ifti91a 11 was from spirit intercourse I know that spirit communications is not superstition but a demonstrat ed philosophical theory by the same natural laws as the telegraph telephone or wireless telegraphy There is no more reason to doubt that Jesus and the inspired prophets were inspired by higher intelligences and that their utterances were truth and we would be vastly wiser and better to give credence to their prophecies- A E WADE Murphysboro Ill Aug 8 1910 WHAT WE BELIEVE AND WHAT WE DONT BELIEVE At first we will state that we are a firm Bible believer We dont be hove though that any God ever wrote a word in the Book or ever ordered any one else to write it for Him A God would not have to write publishdo that by wireless telegraph But we do believe that a lot of evil designing ignorant superstitious murderers and adulterers such as Moses Joshua David and Solomon wrote the books then daubed them over with inspiration in order to give them a solemn sound In other words they do their dirty work then charge it up to the Lord We dont believe that any intelligent person is going to contend for a moment that an Allwise God ever created an innocent man and woman then placed a temptation before them and threaten them with death the moment they touched it when He knew at the time just what they would do That sounds too un Godlike to believe for a moment Neither do we believe that any God ever created man on the earth then in a short time tell us that is grieved at his heart for doing such gettingdownit Now we ask is there an intelligent honest truthloving person in the world today that can believe any God ever dictated any man to write such a record of him as that We dont or cannot believe that any God who after getting the world populated with millions of innocent human beingsmen women and children then appoint a couple of war generals such as Moses and Joshua as leaders of the people then order them to kill and slay every man woman and child that comes within their reach not to spare even the sucklings in the mothers arms And the General that could murder tho most and commit the most hideous crimes was the best fellow On one occasion they are ordered to kill not only every human being but everything that breathes the breath of life Then they are ordered to take the heads of the people they have slain and hang them up before the Lord against the sun that his fierce anger might be turned away Do you believe that any God ever inspired any man to scandalize Him that way There are thousands who do not believe it although it looks unreasonable to them and not in formity with their ideas of truth and justice Still they are bound to be lieve it simply because they find t in the Bible They must believe even though they know it to be a lie because it is in the Bible If they found such teachings in any other book they would stamp them as disgraceful and unfit for belief Then we cant conclude for a moment that any God ever created a beautiful world like this and created it so vile and sinful that He had to send His beloved son here to be sacrificed for the sins Would it be just and right to punish an person for the sins of the innocentI That is what the Bible remission of sin without the shedding of innocent blood Christians must have their road to heaven sprinkled with the innocent blood of Christ or else it is not fit to travel upon It is stated that the Lord on one occasion undertook to find out the strength of Abrahams faith and He tells him that he must sacrifice his son Isaac upon the altar So Abraham makes all arrangements to put tho Lords command into execution But the Lord seeing that Abraham was fanatic enough to do such a thing stops him just in time to save tho childs life and substitutes in place thereof a ram See Gen 22nd chapterIt seem incredible that at this day and age of the world and right amongst a nation of people boasting of their civilization there should be found people who are just fanatical enough over their religious faith and belief as to even imagine that an infinite allwise God should bo guilty of indulging in such un godly work as that We cant nor wont admit it for a moment Neither are we quite ready to subscribe to the teachings of a God who will at one time tell us that Ho is a God of love very pitiful and tender of mercy not willing that r ++ + + + + + + t e V o i7Ta i 4 1991909 t Blue Grass Blade Bound volume j j y tboundj 40 i 300 Reduced from last years price 300Subscribe NOW and get your name on the list in time j y EA STILL BETTER OFFER + For Five New Subscribers For Five New Subscribers + EWewill send ONE COPY of the Bound Volume i FREE OF COST i fo To as sending us five newsubscribers in one club at he regular rates before Dec 31 1909 4sBLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington t NO ++ +++ ++ O0 Hj00j4 any should perish but that all should inherit eternal lifethen will turn right around and say that He has made the gates leading to heaven or to His headquarters so very narrow that very few will ever be able to find them See Matt 71314 also Luke 1324 Many I say unto you will seek to enter in and shall not be able Now we find as good authority in the Bible for believing that mankind will eventually be saved as there is to believe that all or even any part of them will suffer in an endless hell But that kind of teaching doesnt suit our good Christian brother He must have his hell for every one who doesnt think and believe as he does Then he sees at a glance that a heaven without a hell would not be worth living in and in case he does away with the sufferings of the one the happiness of the other goes with it Then our love and respect for a God who says For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations cant possibly be very flattering to say the least See Ex odus 205 We dont want any God punishing our children for the sins we may have committed neither do we put much faith in a God who says that He loves some child ren and hates others before they are born See Rom 91113 It is also stated that the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people of Israel and He made them wander in the wilderness for forty years See Num 3213 We would not wish such a revengeful God as that to get angry at us consequently we think the best plan is to keep out of His reach It is also stated that God com mands human sacrifice Hear what He says No devoted thing that a man shall devote unto the Lord both of man and of beast shall be sold or redeemed None devoted which shall be devoted of men shall be re deemed but shall surely be put to death See Leviticus 272829 vers es Dont say after reading this that God doesnt require human sac rifice This is where the demon ilein man of Oklahoma gets his ideas of human sacrifice from the Bible instead of Moses Harmon as falsely states The Lord also required burnt of ferings He sasII And tho priest shall burn all on the altar to be a burnt sacrifice an offering made by fire of a sweet savor unto the Lord See Lev 19 Read the first chapter of Leviticus in full for burnt offer ingsAgain we find it stated that God is jealous and the Lord revcngeth ands furious and will take vengeance on His adversaries See Nahun 12 It says that the Lord gave the people statutes that were ndt good Ezek 2025 That the Lord is a man of war Exod 153 And says that He will neither pity nor spare nor have mercy but destroy them Jer 13 14i It says that God shall send strong delusions upon the people to make them believe a lie that they might be damned 2nd Thesso 211 12 It also says that Godsends out lying spirits to deceive the people and as many as 400 false prophets are found at one time Read 12th chapter of 1st KingsII And the Lord said Ifa prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing I the Lord have received that prophet and n JU famous dogmas I was not driven by the unkindness of my father to hate a God who would order according to the Old Testament the sweet bodies of women to be ripped open by the sword My father was a kind and loving man He loved his children tenderly and intensely There was no sacrifice he would not and did not gladly make for them He had one misfortune and that was his religion He believed the Bi ble and in the shadow of that frightful book he passed his life He believed in the truth of its horrors and for years thinking of the fate of the human race his eyes were filled with tears See ing the effect upon him seeing that religion simply made men unhappy I learned to hate what is generally known as orthodox religion I abhor the outrageous cruelties and horrors described in the Old Testament perpetrated as it alleges by the command of God I abhor the threatenings will stretch out my Maud upon him Ezek 149 We find some fearful cases of falsehood and deception charged up to the Lord and all coming stamped as the inspired truth of God we dont see why they should not be as true as any other writings in the book Wo are aware that there are other statements that will contradict those we have given above but that dont injure our statements a particle muse if ours are not true the others would be sure to be false We have given chapter and verse for all we have said And we offer them in the spirit of kindness not wishing as God says to take vengeance on any one Our object is to show the wader that there are such statements- in the book and he can decide for himself as to the truth or belief in any of them For our part we choose rather to run the risk of bing called a II filthy little atheist or any other kind of a theist than to be charged like the Bible God is with being the author and creator of all the evil there is in the world Isa 457 and leading the people into temptations simply to get the chance to punish them Let all believe who can but for our part we choose rather to be excused and instead of stamping the Bible with inspiration to daub it all over with fraud and deception as the work of evil designing men who know nothing about any God or His works Truly yours JOEL M BERRY MODERN CHRISTIANITY A VARNISH SAYS FOSTER U of 0 Professor Declares Dogma Has Made Religions a Hotbed of Spurious Hatreds II The trouble seems to be that our modern Christianity has become a mere thing of varnish This was the summing up by Prof George Burn ham Foster of the University of 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