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"I read the other day an account of a meeting between John Knox and John
Calvin. Imagine a dialogue between a pestilence and a famine! Imagine a
conversation between a block and an ax! As I read their conversation it
seemed to me as though John Knox and John Calvin were made for each other;
that they fitted each other like the upper and lower jaws of a wild beast.
They believed happiness was a crime; they looked upon laughter as blasphemy;
and they did all they could to destroy every human feeling, and to fill the
mind with the infinite gloom of predestination and eternal death. They taught
the doctrine that God had a right to damn us because he made us. That is
just the reason that he has not a right to damn us. There is some dust.
Unconscious dust! What right has God to change that unconscious dust into a
human being, when he knows that human being will sin; when he knows that
human being will suffer eternal agony? Why not leave him in the unconscious
dust? What right has an infinite God to add to the sum of human agony?"
[Robert G. Ingersoll, "What Must We Do To Be Saved", 1880]



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