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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 87

The Rev. Mr. Collyer

The Rev. Mr. Collyer,

a gentleman standing as high as anybody, and I have nothing to say against him, because I denounce a God who upheld murder, and slavery, and polygamy, he says that what I said was slang. I would like to have it compared with any sermon that evor issued from the lips of that gentleman. And before he gets through he admits that the Old Testament is a rotten tree that will soon fall into the earth and act as a fertilizer for his doctrine.

Is it honest in that man to assail my motive? Let him answer my argument Is it honest and fair in him to say I am doing a certain thing because it is popular? Has it got to this, that, in this Chrisian couutry, where they have preached every day hundreds and thousands of sermons—has it got to this, that infidelity is popular in the United States?

If it has, I take courage. And I not only see the dawn of a brighter day but the day is here. Think of it! A minister tells me in this year of grace, 1879, that a man is an infidel simply that he may be popular. I am glad of it. Simply that he may make money. Is it possible that we can make more money tearing up churches than in building them up? Is it possible that we can make more money denouncing the God of slavery than we can praising the God that took libery from man? Jf so, I am glad.

I call publicly upon Robert Collyer—a man for whom I have great respect—I call publicly upon Robert Collyer to state to the people of this city whether he believea the Old Testament was inspired. I call upon him to state whether he believes that God ever upheld these institutions; whether he believes that