Category Archives: Lemuel K. Washburn

Articles and short works by the author, primarily on religion and moral issues.

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “The Measure of Suffering”

The little boy who asked his mother “if hell was worse than the toothache?” imagined that the limits of suffering were reached in his agony. Many of us have doubtless experienced pain that we thought marked the utmost of endurance. … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Whatever is Right”

There are a great many familiar sayings that are in the mouths of nearly everybody which are perfect nonsense, and one of these many sayings is the one we have chosen for the subject of this article. One would imagine … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Indifference to Religion”

The pulpit complains that people are indifferent to religion. Why shouldn’t they be? It is about time they were indifferent to it. Our wonder is, that the people tolerate a single priest or church on Earth. Of what benefit is … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Is the Bible Worth Reading?”

That depends. If a man is going to get his living by standing in a Christian pulpit, I should be obliged to answer, Yes! But if he is going to follow any other calling, or work at any trade, I … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn” A Walk Through a Cemetery”

In walking through a country graveyard one sees a prominent granite or marble monument here and there, but more of the stones that mark the resting-places of the dead are modest in appearance, plain and humble. But there are some … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Save the Republic”

Which shall it be, Christianity or the Republic? It is apparent that the Christian church under a purely secular government, where justice is granted to all and where favors are allowed to none, cannot long survive. The Christian church in … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “The Drama of Life”

With the passing of the season we are reminded of the rapid flight of life. It seems but yesterday that the first bluebird of spring lit on the bare bough of the apple-tree in the orchard near by, and the … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “A Cruel God”

There may be some other religion in the world that sings of a God more cruel than the God of Christianity, but we do not know of any. At any rate, we believe it is safe to say that no … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Bible-Backing”

There is less backing one’s thoughts with the Bible than formerly. The world is getting weaned from this book. The idea is gaining ground that, if anything is true, it can support itself. When a man leans on God he … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “The Roman Catholic God”

Cicero said that “men, having exhausted all the mad extravagances they are capable of, have yet never entertained the idea of eating the God whom they adore.” The extravagance which was beyond the contemplation of the Pagan mind, is an … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Singing Lies”

Go into any Christian church and you will hear the choir and the congregation singing lies. Is it not time to stop it? Is music married irrevocably to falsehood? Take up an ordinary hymn-book and you will hardly find a … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “The Judgment of God”

We hear less of what is called the “judgment of God” than formerly, but quite enough to show that this foolish superstition still lingers in the human mind. It used to be believed that God was on the lookout for … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Christian Happiness”

Christians are constantly telling “how happy their religion makes them,” how happy they feel “since they found Jesus.” We will take them at their word and believe that they are just as happy as they say they are. What has … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Ideas of Jesus”

There is a vast difference between knowledge of the Bible and knowledge. A person may know all there is in the Bible, and not know but little. In fact, so much of the Bible is either pure fiction or doubtful … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Sunday Schools”

Of all the stupid things we meet with, Sunday school lessons are the stupidest. There seems to be only one way to account for this, and that is that stupid persons are connected with Sunday schools and can comprehend only … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Going to Church”

Every little while some minister wakes up to the fact that a large proportion of the people of our cities do not go to church, and he blames the people for this state of affairs. Nobody blames men and women … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Give Us the Truth”

If there is one tree that man needs to eat of, it is the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil; and if any knowledge will keep him alive and make him happy and perfect, it is just … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “The Bible and the Child”

The longer we live the more are we convinced that no adult person would accept the Bible as a divine work if he had not been taught the dogma of the Bible’s divinity when a child. Let the matured mind … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Human Responsiblity”

There is nothing that tends to perpetuate the weakness of humanity more than religion. Men have been taught for ages that they were dependent upon God for all they have. This kind of teaching must be corrected; it is false. … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Peace with God”

A good, pious lady said to us not long ago: “Don’t you think that you ought to make your peace with God?” We have never had a bit of trouble with God. We have got along with him tip-top. He … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Who Carried the Cross”?

Who carried the cross upon which Jesus was crucified? Such a question ought to be easy to answer, if the event ever occurred. There ought to be no disagreement upon so simple a matter as this. But there is disagreement, … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “The Sacrifice of Jesus”

A great deal has been written, preached and said about the great sacrifice which Jesus made for the world. We deny that he made any such sacrifice as is claimed for him by the Christian Church. In fact, we cannot … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “What has Jesus Done for the World”?

A great deal is said about “what Jesus has done for the world.” We wish some of those people who repeat this statement would take ten or fifteen minutes and tell us just what Jesus has done for the world. … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Infidelity”

When the minister wants to frighten his congregation he draws a picture of Infidelity. The Infidel has been used for years to scare weak-minded persons into accepting Christianity. Outwardly the Infidel is painted like a man, but the world is … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Fashionable Hypocrisy”

There is nothing more inconsistent than for the rich to praise Jesus. There is dishonesty in every word that the wealthy speak in approbation of the poverty-preacher of Galilee. Jesus was poor, almost a beggar. He had no house, no … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Atheism”

What is called atheism is not a light, flippant assertion, but a calm, thoughtful conclusion. It is a conviction which human experience and human reflection have generated. Atheism is not the irresponsible opinion of moral debauchery; it is the outcome … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Saving the Soul”

The man who can deliberately, and in cold blood, as it were, try to save his soul, must be grossly selfish. To do that which shall redound to one’s own advantage or profit, without care or consideration of another, shows … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Where is Truth”?

Men have enthroned truth in some far-off kingdom, away from the world, as though it were too pure to live on earth. It has been made supernatural, and only to be known by being revealed. But truth is everywhere; its … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Does the Church Save”?

The Church pretends to save man from a hell hereafter, but does it do so? How are we to know whether it does or not? We cannot take its word for it. We want the proof. We do not want … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “What is Jesus”?

Time was when Jesus was looked upon as God, or the son of God. No one had any doubt of his divinity or divine character; or if he had, he wisely deferred to the superstitious majority and kept his mouth … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “The Search for Something to Worship”

What is there in the universe that deserves worship? Is there anything? What is there that men and women should kneel to, pray to and adore? If there is anything that deserves such worship from human beings, where is it? … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Are Christians Intelligent or Honest”?

Future generations will regard the men who accept the Christian superstitions either as simple or dishonest. We are forced to doubt the sanity or sincerity of people who profess to believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, in a “begotten … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “Creeds”

This is the age of revision. Churches are all hurrying to catch up with the world. There is a desire to square ideas with facts, and shape beliefs with knowledge. Religion must suffer in this process. Something will be lost, … Continue reading

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Lemuel K. Washburn: “What God Knows”

We see in Christian papers a great deal about what God knows. How does any one know what God knows? It has been the habit, where man lacked any particular knowledge, of saying, “God knows.” But what is the good … Continue reading

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