God and my Neighbour
"I have been asked why I have opposed Christianity. I have several reasons, which shall appear in due course. At present I offer one.
First Page:GOD AND MY NEIGHBOUR
By Robert Blatchford
To My Son ROBERT CORRI BLATCHFORD This book is dedicated
I put the word in capitals, because it is my new name, and I want to get used to it.
The name has been bestowed on me by several Christian gentlemen as a reproach, but to my ears it has a quaint and not unpleasing sound.
Infidel! "The notorious infidel editor of the Clarion " is the form used by one True Believer. The words recurred to my mind suddenly, while I was taking my favourite black pipe for a walk along "the pleasant Strand," and I felt a smile glimmer within as I repeated them.
Which is worse, to be a Demagogue or an Infidel? I am both. For while many professed Christians contrive to serve both God and Mammon, the depravity of my nature seems to forbid my serving either.
It was a mild day in mid August, not cold for the time of year. I had been laid up for a few days, and my back was unpropitious, and I was tired. But I felt very happy, for so bad a man, since the sunshine was clear and genial, and my pipe went as easily as a dream... Continue reading book >>
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