Joseph Lewis vs. the Religion Healers


My earlier essay was about Joseph Lewis
the freethinker. I discovered some necessary issues from his revealed speeches,
regardless that his anti-religious fervor typically received tiresome.

Within the above picture, Lewis is the
white-haired man on the proper on the dedication of a Thomas Paine statue in

The place Joseph Lewis was at his white-hot
most interesting was when he criticized faith-healers. One among these was Jack Coe, who
known as collectively individuals with TB to be healed. Not solely did Coe fail to heal
them, however he violated quarantine by assembling so many consumptives collectively.
Coe was incomes $800,000 a 12 months, which was a fortune again then. Lewis
challenged Coe to heal a toddler of polio in a hospital the place it might be
noticed; and if Coe healed the kid, Lewis would donate $60,000 to medical
analysis. (Evidently, this didn’t occur.)

My favourite half was when Lewis lashed out
towards Oral Roberts, who stays to at the present time the darling of Tulsa, Oklahoma,
the place I at present dwell. He, too, was a religion healer. Lewis accused Roberts of
malpractice as a result of he took benefit of individuals once they had been at their most
weak. It was worse than the Catholic church promoting indulgences in
earlier centuries. He challenged Roberts: how will you show that you just signify
God? And the place does the cash go? Roberts additionally had the identical downside as Coe:
gathering 4 hundred individuals with TB collectively so as to (fake to) heal
them is a well being menace. The boy that Roberts supposedly cured of epilepsy—how
do we all know he was actually cured? Actually, how do we all know he was ever sick? Possibly
he was only a “shill”, a faux, planted within the viewers. As soon as once more Lewis
challenged the religion healer to do his work underneath hospital situations, a
problem that so far as I can inform went unanswered.

I’ve a particular purpose to dislike Oral
Roberts. It will get private. My spouse’s grandmother despatched Roberts a lot of her
cash, and your complete household continues poor consequently. My spouse is maybe the
richest of them, as a part-time librarian and spouse of a middle-class professor
at a small college.

Nevertheless fascinating it was, I received uninterested in
Lewis’s assaults on religion healers. It sounded as if he was attempting to persuade
Oral Roberts that he was flawed. This was, in fact, unattainable. It isn’t a
matter of purpose. As Gad Saad explains in his ebook The Consuming Intuition, religion healers are assembly the emotional
wants which were positioned in our brains by evolution. Generally I feel that
Lewis’s insistence on the primacy of purpose is as un-evolutionary as the religion
healers’ rejection of evolution. Faith shouldn’t be one thing that’s both true
or false; it developed.

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