The Old Atheism Revisited: Robert G. Ingersoll and the Bible

Bibliographic Information: 

Brandt, Eric T., and Timothy Larsen. "The Old Atheism Revisited: Robert G. Ingersoll and the Bible." Journal of the Historical Society 11, no. 2 (June 2011): 211-38.

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) was the most public opponent of Christianity in nineteenth-century America. Raised in a family and era marked by evangelical fervor, by early adulthood he had distanced himself from this heritage. This article examines Ingersoll’s major arguments against what he saw as the source of everything wrong with the Christian religion-the Bible. Moreover, it considers the similarities between his proposed alternatives to traditional belief and the biblical religion he rejected.

Publisher: 
Wiley-Blackwell