Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) was an American politician and lecturer known for his adamant support of scientific and humanistic rationalism. He was a lawyer and Civil War veteran, and turned to politics in 1867 as Illinois attorney general. He was known as “The Great Agnostic” for popularization of skepticism and scientific approach to Bible. Many of Ingersoll's speeches advocated freethought and humanism, and often poked fun at religious belief. The 12-volume Dresden Editions kept interest in Ingersoll's ideas alive and preserved his speeches for future generations.
The Gods is an essay by Rober G. Ingresoll. It expresses his defiance with clergy and his defense of agnosticism and reason. The Gods examines the ways that church uses to implement happiness or desperation into human society, how it tries to control the way we feel and think. If you have something to do with disproving of religion, than this essay is a must read, just like the most of Ingresolls works.