Joseph Lewis 1889 - 1968
The rotundity of the earth was discussed and its circumference scientifically measured hundreds of years before the supposed birth of Christ, and had not the "God believers" been so persistent in foreing their beleif upon others, and had not Christianity been born, I can see how the discovery of America would have been accomplished about a thousand years before the discovery by Columbus; and the incalculable progress which would have been the consequence would have carried mankind beyond the boldest imagination of to-day, and placed us a thousand years nearer civilization.
Heron, a mathematician, who lived at the time when the Greek minds were the marvel of the world, invented a steam engine, which was used in experiments and was rapidly nearing completion and perfection, when, unfortunately, ignorant and destructive Religion, that was madly trampling upon everything of value, destroyed the famous Alexandrian Library wherein was kept a model of this engine.
Ancient Library at Alexandria:
This rendition of the ancient Library of Alexandria was inspired by Carl Sagan's, Cosmos Series. Founded around the year 300B.C. by Ptolemy I it was one of the most important libraries of its time. The library of Alexandria contained over 700,000 volumes. The library of Alexandria was destroyed in 391A.D.
The atrium of the Alexandria Library
Heron of Alexandria (c. 10–70 AD)
Heron's Aeolipile – World’s first Steam Engine
It also swept away the incalculable wealth of knowledge that had required ages to accumulate, and thereby completely annihilated the most priceless possessions that the human race ever owned.
But that is not all; it is only a fragment. For history at every stage of life shows the continual strife between the forces of progress and the religious fanatic and God believer.
What is that strange form of insanity that prompts of insanity that prompts people to torture and to destroy those who seek to emancipate them from the Tyranny of God and from the deluded belief in a hereafter.
To those who have no thought for these things, who care not what forces and conditions man must face, who take without thought and give only through compulsion, whose self-satisfied condition (made possible only by the heroic work of the martyrs of progress) make of them personal heroes, whose life is wrapped within the flicker of a day, who do not know, do not realize, and do not care about the fearful suffering of the world - I say to them to strut their intoxicated hour and pass away. The sooner they live their lives and the sooner they die, the better for the earth. It needs fertilization.
Where we as mentally progressive as we are materially advanced, what a wonderful and magnificent improvement over the present living conditions we would be enjoying! Every new invention every new improvement would be immediately and universally installed, and every old and antiquates instrument and method would be discarded and destroyed. That which now seems only within the command of the households of the immensely wealthy, would be as popularly used and enjoyed as the now commonly used articles in the poorest households.
Think of existing to-day in a predominant percentage of dwellings for human beings where there is not found the essential bathtub, or the still more essential toilet room!
Governments are instituted for the people's benefit, and shame upon such a government, in an enlightened age like to-day, that tolerates such a condition, when the government possesses the men, the means, the intellect and the materials to electrify the world!
The first and foremost essential in higher development is the comfort and conveniences in a home.
These are some of the conditions that the progressive minds of the world are trying to solve and remedy. It is only a question of how much longer the majority of people will pay homage to an imaginary God for imaginary benefits in an imaginary life after death.
(The Tyranny of God, pp. 105-109)
- The Tyranny of God (1921)
- Lincoln, the Freethinker (1925)
- Jefferson, the Freethinker (1925)
- The Bible Unmasked (1926)
- Franklin, the Freethinker (1926)
- Burbank, the Infidel (1929)
- Voltaire, the Incomparable Infidel (1929)
- Atheism, a collection of his public addresses (1930)
- The Bible and the Public Schools (1931)
- Should Children Receive Religious Instruction? (1933)
- The Ten Commandments (1946)
- Thomas Paine, Author of the Declaration of Independence (1947)
- In the Name of Humanity (1949)
- An Atheist Manifesto (1954)
- Ingersoll, The Magnificent (1957)