Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Emmett Fields' Bank of Wisdom

Emmett F. Fields has for many years provided an incredible service by digitizing and compiling dozens of old and rare volumes of freethought literature to preserve this legacy and make it available to future generations:

Bank of Wisdom (rare freethought classics on CD-ROM)

Fields also sells posters and busts, but I will limit myself to listing his CDs for sale to date, with boldface added by for works of special interest:

#1 - The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, 2nd Edition
#2 - An Introduction to Freethought - The Religion of Freedom
#3 - An Appreciation of Thomas Paine
#4 - Facts of Freethought
#5 - Freethought and the Bible
#6 - History of Woman Suffrage
#7 - America - The Historic Facts
#8 - The Un-Holy Inquisition
#9 - The Writings of Thomas Jefferson
#10 - The Vatican - World's Oldest Political Machine
#11 - ATHEISM, The Struggle Against Superstition
#12 - The Jesuits
#13 - Woman: Her Story
#14 - The Lost Treasures of M.M. Mangasarian
#15 - An Introduction to REALITY
#16 - EVOLUTION A FACT Beyond Honest Doubt!

I have the first 13 of these, excepting #4 & #10. Just to give examples of the content of these CDs:

#2 - An Introduction to Freethought - The Religion of Freedom

1. 400 Years of Freethought, by Samuel P. Putnam -- Freethought's finest History.
2. A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers, by J.M. Wheeler.
3. The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine.
4. My Beliefs, by Luther Burbank.
5. The Origin and Nature of Secularism, by George Jacob Holyoake.
6 & 7. The Jesus Problem, and The Historical Jesus by J.M. Robertson.
8 & 9. The Worlds Sixteen Crucified Saviors and Sixteen Saviors or None by Kersey Graves
10-12. The Four Gospels, I Don't Know Do You?, I Am Not Afrain Are You? all three by
Marilla M. Risckr.
13 & 14. Analysis of Religious Belief, Vols. I & II by Viscount Amberley
15. Flowers of Freethought by G.W. Foote.
16. The Origin of the Christian Church by Investigator.
17. The Bible a Dangerous Guide, by Marshall J. Gauvin.
18. Essence of Religion, by Ludwig Feuerbach.
19. An Open Letter To Jesus Christ, by D.M. Bennett.
20. The Non-Religion of the Future, by Marie Jean Guyau.
21. The Religion of Science (1860)
22. The Struggle Between Science and Religion, by Arthur M. Lewis.
23. The Christ, by John E. Remsburg.
24. Views of An Agnostic, by Ross E. Browne.
25. Eight Lectures, by L.K. Washburn.
26. The Establishment Case by Emmett F. Fields.
27. A full color plaque of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States before it was perverted in 1954.

#11 - ATHEISM, The Struggle Against Superstition

Joseph Lewis:
The Ten Commandments
The Bible Unmasked
The Tyranny of God
An Atheist Manifesto
ATHEISM and Other Addresses
Joseph Wheless:
Is It God’s Word?
Forgery in Christianity
History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science, by John William Draper
The Atheism of Astronomy by Woolsey Teller
Penalties Upon Opinion by Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner
Our Rationalist Heritage by Walter Hoops
Satires and Profanities, by James Thompson
George E. Macdonald:
Fifty Years of Freethought, Vol. 1
Fifty Years of Freethought, Vol. 2
REPORT of the International Congress for Progressive Thought, 1904.
31 Sermons by M.M. Mangasarian.
The Martyrdom of Man by Winwood Reade
Superstition in All Ages by Jean Meslier
Candid Examination of Theism by Physicus
Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism by Thomas Inman
The American Rationalist Magazine, Sept.-Oct. 1962 – Atheism by Madalyn Murray (O’Hair)
The Pillars of Priestcraft, 4 Vols. (A collection of earlier works published in 1768.)
Henry M. Tichenor:
The Life and Exploits of Jehovah
The Creed of Constantine
Tales of Theology
The Science of Materialism by Charles T. Spalding
The Biography of Satan by Kersey Graves
FAITH or FACT by Henry M. Taber
Heroes and Martyrs by G.W. Foote and Charles Watts
ATHEISM; An Affirmative View, by Emmett F. Fields

On the question of the accessibility of freethought literature, see:

Prahl, Frank. "Getting Better Access to Freethought Literature: Is the Library of Congress Censoring Our Libraries?", Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, Volume 7, 1999.

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