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Men, Women, and Gods And Other Lectures   By: (1853-1925)

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MEN, WOMEN, AND GODS,

AND

OTHER LECTURES.

By Helen H. Gardener.

With An Introduction By Robert G. Ingersoll.

Twelfth Edition.

New York:

The Truth Seeker Company,

28 Lafayette Place.

Copyright, By Helen H. Gardener,

1885.

THIS LITTLE VOLUME

is

RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

WITH THE LOVE OF THE AUTHOR, TO

MRS. EVA INGERSOLL,

THE BRAVE, HAPPY WIFE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST ORATOR,

AND WOMAN'S TRUEST FRIEND.

IN HER BEAUTIFUL HOME LIFE SUPERSTITION AND FEAR HAVE NEVER

ENTERED; HUMAN EQUALITY AND FREEDOM HAVE

THEIR HIGHEST ILLUSTRATION;

AND

TIME HAS DEEPENED YOUTHFUL LOVE INTO A DIVINER WORSHIP

THAN ANGELS OFFER OR THAN GODS INSPIRE.

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION. MEN, WOMEN, AND GODS. ACCIDENT INSURANCE. CHIEFLY WOMEN. WHY WOMEN SUPPORT IT. WHAT IT TEACHES. THE FRUIT OF THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE. KNOWLEDGE NOT A CRIME. AS MUCH INSPIRED AS ANY OF IT. VICARIOUS ATONEMENT. FEAR. BEGINNING TO THINK. CREEDS. SELF CONTROL WHAT WE NEED. VICARIOUS ATONEMENT NOT A CHRISTIAN INVENTION. TWIN MONSTERS INHERITED FROM INTELLECTUAL PIGMIES. GEOGRAPHICAL RELIGION. REVELATION. EVIDENCE OF FAITH. DID HE TALK? WHAT YOU MAY THINK. INTELLECTUAL GAG LAW. THE VICARIOUS THEORY THE CAUSE OF CRIME. REVISION. THE CHURCH'S MONEY BOX. SHALL PROGRESS STOP? HISTORICAL FACTS AND THEOLOGICAL FICTIONS. CHURCH FICTIONS. HISTORICAL FACTS. CIVILIZATION. COMPARATIVE STATUS. WOMEN AS PERSONS. EDUCATION. AS WIVES. NOT WOMAN'S FRIEND. MORALS.

INTRODUCTION.

Nothing gives me more pleasure, nothing gives greater promise for the future, than the fact that woman is achieving intellectual and physical liberty. It is refreshing to know that here, in our country, there are thousands of women who think and express their own thoughts who are thoroughly free and thoroughly conscientious who have neither been narrowed nor corrupted by a heartless creed who do not worship a being in heaven whom they would shudderingly loathe on earth. Women who do not stand before the altar of a cruel faith with downcast eyes of timid acquiescence, and pay to impudent authority the tribute of a thoughtless yes. They are no longer satisfied with being told. They examine for themselves. They have ceased to be the prisoners of society the satisfied serfs of husbands or the echoes of priests. They demand the rights that naturally belong to intelligent human beings. If wives, they wish to be the equals of husbands if mothers, they wish to rear their children in the atmosphere of love, liberty and philosophy. They believe that woman can discharge all her duties without the aid of superstition, and preserve all that is true, pure and tender without sacrificing in the temple of absurdity the convictions of the soul.

Woman is not the intellectual inferior of man. She has lacked not mind but opportunity. In the long night of barbarism physical strength, and the cruelty to use it, were the badges of superiority. Muscle was more than mind. In the ignorant age of Faith the loving nature of woman was abused, her conscience was rendered morbid and diseased. It might almost be said that she was betrayed by her own virtues. At best, she secured, not opportunity, but flattery, the preface to degradation. She was deprived of liberty and without that nothing is worth the having. She was taught to obey without question, and to believe without thought. There were universities for men before the alphabet had been taught to woman. At the intellectual feast there were no places for wives and mothers. Even now they sit at the second table and eat the crusts and crumbs. The schools for women, at the present time, are just far enough behind those for men to fall heirs to the discarded. On the same principle, when a doctrine becomes too absurd for the pulpit, it is given to the Sunday School. The ages of muscle and miracle of fists and faith are passing away... Continue reading book >>




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