God and My Neighbour

God and my Neighbour by Robert Batchford

“A most amazing book. It is a direct and unqualified attack upon the Christian religion, upon ‘free will, the sense of sin, the belief in a Heavenly Father and a future recompense.’ Mr. Blatchford writes in terse, vigorous and pungent style, well adapted to his readers. Moreover he is honest and well-intentioned up to his lights. He lives straight and tries to help his fellows, and the fact must be admitted and squarely faced that he is one of the factors of the religious life of the day.” -The British Friend

“An eloquent exposition of the Humanist religion….No preacher of a new gospel ever showed such results in his own lifetime. No writer in the history of literature ever won so vast or so devout a clientage for serious essays on social and economic reform….The fundamental cause of the ‘common people’s’ devotion to Blatchford is the unmistakable sincerity and fervor of his devotion to them. He has known the miseries that his books denounce. When he pleads for the suffering little children, his pen is prompted by remembrance of his own childhood. When he tells the horrors of poverty, he is thinking of his mother.” -T. P.’s Weekly

“Mr. Blatchford can say in one sentence what the gentlemen who write for The Times and other classical works take half a column to put down. If the best literary style is the style that is clearest, beyond all possibility of misunderstanding its meaning (which is not a bad test for people who set out to say something), then Mr. Blatchford writes better English than any other master except Shakespeare and the author of the Bab Ballads. Whether you agree with him or not, you certainly cannot misunderstand him. -George Robert Stirling Taylor, ‘Leaders of Socialism, Past and Present’

CONTENTS

PREFACE

FOREWORDS

THE SIN OF UNBELIEF

ONE REASON

WHAT I CAN AND CANNOT BELIEVE

THE OLD TESTAMENT

IS THE BIBLE THE WORD OF GOD?

THE EVOLUTION OF THE BIBLE

NOTES ON THE MOSES MYTH.

THE UNIVERSE ACCORDING TO ANCIENT RELIGION AND MODERN SCIENCE

JEHOVAH THE ADOPTED HEAVENLY FATHER OF CHRISTIANITY

THE BOOK OF BOOKS

OUR HEAVENLY FATHER

PRAYER AND PRAISE

THE NEW TESTAMENT THE RESURRECTION THE GOSPEL WITNESSES

THE TIME SPIRIT IN THE FIRST CENTURY

CHRISTIANITY BEFORE CHRIST

OTHER EVIDENCES OF CHRIST’S DIVINITY

THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION WHAT IS CHRISTIANITY?

DETERMINISM

CHRISTIAN APOLOGIES

CHRISTIANITY AND CIVILISATION

CHRISTIANITY AND ETHICS

THE SUCCESS OF CHRISTIANITY

THE PROPHECIES

THE UNIVERSALITY OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF

SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT

SOME OTHER APOLOGIES

COUNSELS OF DESPAIR

CONCLUSION THE PARTING OF THE WAYS

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