Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Russell , Bertrand (1943), An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish, Retrieved on 2012-06-21
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    21 JUN 2012

     Benjamin Franklin Thwarts the Will of God

    When Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning-rod, the clergy, both in England and America, with the enthusiastic support of George III, condemned it as an impious attempt to defeat the will of God. For, as all right-thinking people were aware, lightning is sent by God to punish impiety or some other grave sin—the virtuous are never struck by lightning. Therefore if God wants to strike any one, Benjamin Franklin [and his lightning-rod] ought not to defeat His design; indeed, to do so is hel...
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    His lightning rod is condemned by the religious.

    21 JUN 2012

     Anesthesia Thwarts the Will of God

    It is a curious and painful fact that almost all the completely futile treatments that have been believed in during the long history of medical folly have been such as caused acute suffering to the patient. When anesthetics were discovered, pious people considered them an attempt to evade the will of God. It was pointed out, however, that when God extracted Adam's rib He put him into a deep sleep. This proved that anesthetics are all right for men; women, however, ought to suffer, because of ...
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    But Biblical precedent is found in the book of Genesis to allow it for men.