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Ernestine L. Rose (January 13, 1810- August 4, 1892)

                           TRUTH FOR AUTHORITY, NOT AUTHORITY FOR TRUTH!

 

Ernestine L. Rose, known to the clergy as "the female devil", was America's first woman's rights activist in 1836.

The following are pieces I took from Ernestine's "A Defense of Atheism". If I had to pick a heroine, she would be it!

 

.... Geology speaks of the structure of the earth....the whole mineral kingdom. It reveals the remains and traces of animals long extinct, but gives no clue whereby we may prove the existence of a god.....

     Mathematics lays the foundation of all exact sciences . It teaches the art of combining numbers, calculating and measuring, how to solve problems, to fathom the depths of the ocean, but gives no direction how to ascertain the existence of god.

     Chemistry, with its various elements, combinations and uses, gases constantly evolving and combining in different proportions. She proves the indestructability of matter... but in all her operations, no demonstrable fact can be obtained to vindicate the existence of god.

     Astronomy tells us of the wonders of the solar system, the distance from planet to planet, start to star... eclipses, comets, the immutable law of gravitation, but is entirely silent on the existence of god.

     Descend into the bowels of the earth, the depths of the ocean...but neither in the earth above or the waters below, can you obtain ANY knowledge of god's existence.

     The universe of matter gives no record  of god's existence.... WHERE shall we search next??

     It was a great mistake to say that god created man in [its] image. Man, in all ages, made god in HIS own image; and we find that this is in accordance with his (man's) civilization, his knowledge, his experience, taste, refinements, sense of right and wrong, of justice, freedom, and humanity.

...Man talked about god, wrote about him, disputed him, fought about him, sacrificed himself for him. Rivers of blood and oceans of tears have been shed to please him, yet NO ONE has EVER been able to demonstrate his existence.

     If the belief in a god were natural, there would be no need to teach it... We don't have to teach the general elements of human nature;- the five senses, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling. They are universal.... It is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that ALL children are atheists, and were religion not inculcated into their minds they would remain so.

 

.....Religion has always left a back door open for sinners to creep out of at the eleventh hour. But teach a man to do right, to love justice, to revere truth, to be virtuous, not because a god would reward or punish in the hereafter, but because it is RIGHT!

 

So, where is god? And an echo answers....... WHERE, where, where........?

    

If you get an opporitunity to read the full article of "Defense of Atheism" , you won't be disappointed!


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Comment was by Adriana on September 24, 2012 at 8:40pm

Wow! A true pioneer. I can't believe we still need to be discussing stuff like this nowadays, if she had it all figured out ~150 years ago!

And yeah, Pansy, one can always count on misogynist attacks every time an intelligent woman speaks up. Sometimes it seems not much has changed...

Thanks for posting!

Comment was by Davy on September 24, 2012 at 5:44pm

She had a mind  and will that she possessed herself and didn't allow others to subjugate that mind and will.

"she told the truth, even though it wasn't pretty to hear."

The truth is not always pleasant to hear but within resides a pleasantness that appears once the truth is accepted. 

Comment was by pansy on April 25, 2011 at 8:59am
Ernestine really was a fantastic lady; well ahead of her time, as were most feminist, freethinking women in that era. She was a sort of female Dawkins; she wasn't afraid to speak her mind, and she told the truth, even though it wasn't pretty to hear. Another great quote from her was, "Ignorance is the evil-knowledge will be the remedy."  When she was asked to speak  Bangor, Maine, in 1855, she was attacked (yes attacked) by three clergymen; they said "it would be shameful to listen to listen to this woman, a thousand times below a prostitute."   Yes, the clergy are such respectable, eh hem, men  (dripping with sarcasm).
Comment was by Adriana on April 24, 2011 at 6:19pm

I did not know about Ernestine Rose, thanks for posting!

 

Religion has always left a back door open for sinners to creep out of at the eleventh hour. But teach a man to do right, to love justice, to revere truth, to be virtuous, not because a god would reward or punish in the hereafter, but because it is RIGHT!

 

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