Selected Interviews with Robert G. Ingersoll, Volume 1

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(3.6 stars; 5 reviews)

A controversial lecturer, brilliant lawyer, and arguably the most famous orator of the mid to late 1800's, Ingersoll railed against the absurdities of the Bible and cruelties of Christianity, particularly the horrific notion of "eternal damnation". He tirelessly supported the arts, education, science, women’s rights, abolition, home, family, children, and human liberty. As a leader of the Freethought movement, his creed was: “Happiness is the only good, Reason the only torch, Justice the only worship, Humanity the only religion, and Love the only priest.” He was often attacked in the press. Here are 30 published interviews in which Ingersoll spoke extemporaneously, bitingly, sometimes hilariously, on a wide range of topics with newspaper reporters of the day. (Compiled from The Works Of Robert G. Ingersoll, Volume 8, Dresden Edition, Pub. 1900. Summary by Michele Fry (5 hr 45 min)


Orators and Oratory 7:50 Read by Ted Delorme
How To Become An Orator 13:26 Read by Ted Delorme
My Belief and Unbelief 4:06 Read by Claudia Salto
A Reply to the Rev. L. A. Banks 10:08 Read by Claudia Salto
Mrs. Van Cott, The Revivalist 3:21 Read by Claudia Salto
Reply To Chicago Critics 13:46 Read by Michele Fry
Miracles and Immortality 14:40 Read by Michele Fry
Psychical Research and the Bible 16:43 Read by Michele Fry
Blasphemy 6:53 Read by Claudia Salto
This Century's Glories 18:25 Read by Michele Fry
Divorce 10:09 Read by Claudia Salto
The Sunday Laws Of Pittsburg 5:52 Read by Claudia Salto
The Oath Question 18:49 Read by Michele Fry
Ingersoll and Beecher 6:54 Read by Michele Fry
District Suffrage 9:47 Read by Claudia Salto
Reply To The Christian Endeavorers 5:45 Read by Julia Niedermaier
Mr. Beecher, Moses and the Negro 17:07 Read by Michele Fry
Sunday A Day Of Pleasure 5:23 Read by Julia Niedermaier
Hades, Delaware and Free Thought 18:29 Read by Michele Fry
A Reply To The Rev. Mr. Lansing 7:28 Read by Julia Niedermaier
Free Trade and Christianity 22:58 Read by Michele Fry
Beaconsville, Lent and Revivals 7:37 Read by Chris Chapman
My Belief 7:04 Read by Phil Chenevert
Labor Question and Socialism 14:32 Read by Herman Roskams
Athiesm and Citizenship 6:02 Read by Herman Roskams
Funeral of John G. Mills and Immortality 28:10 Read by Claudia Salto
Religion In Politics 9:53 Read by Claudia Salto
Shakespeare and Bacon 10:37 Read by Claudia Salto
Political and Religious 17:15 Read by Michele Fry
The Interviewers 6:16 Read by Claudia Salto



(0.5 stars)

Eternal damnation is something that could occur if you murder, or rape, or something else that awful. And, sadly, if you do get damned for eternity, given the extremities required to become damned in the first place, I would sadly have to say there’s an extremely good chance you deserved it. As always, it’s ok if you disagree with me, I am just voicing my opinion!

Good Job!

(5 stars)

I'm so proud of all my readers on this project, both men and women, Americans and Europeans, who joined in to bring Ingersoll's personality alive. They proved that his spirit is not at all about gender or nationality, but ATTITUDE! Grateful to you all. Michele Fry, Book Coordinator