Buffalo: Peter Paul & Brother, 1893. First edition. Small 8vo, original printed wrappers, 16 pages. Portrait of Ingersoll on the inside front wrapper. Old light vertical creases (as though it had been folded into a coat pocket) and some light wear and soiling; in very good condition. Item #18447
A theological argument for “Christology,” with an indirectly sexual thrust, arguing that Christ had brought the religion of Almighty Love to replace the judgmental God of Theology. Ingersoll was a healer best remembered for his work In Health (Corning, N. Y., 1877, et seq.), which argued that the sexual impulses of men and women embody Christ’s love and that expression of the sexual will brought good health. (His work influenced such contemporary sexual reformers as Edward Bliss Foote.) Accounts suggest Ingersoll taught in part a sort of ecstatic mindfulness as a mental cure for hysteria, neurasthenia, etc. See Atwater 1891-1893 for editions of In Health; see Atwater S-611.2 for his wife’s Sexual Redemption and Motherhood [ca. 1884]; see also Peter Gardella, Innocent Ecstasy: How Christianity Gave America an Ethic of Sexual Pleasure (OUP, 1985), which treats of Ingersoll’s sexual-theological medical practice in some detail. This title not found on OCLC.