The Theological Works of Thomas Paine
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 326 páginas
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824. Excerpt: ... THE AGE OF REASON. PART THE FIRST. BEING AN INVESTIGATION OF TRUE AND FABULOUS THEOLOGY. It has been my intention, for several years past, to publish my thoughts upon religion; I am well aware of the difficulties that attend the subject, and from that consideration, had reserved it to a more advanced period of life. 1 intended it to be the last offering I should make to my fellow citizens of all nations, and that at a time when the purity of the motive that induced me to it, could not admit of a question, even by those who might disapprove the work. The circumstance that has now taken place in France of the total abolition of the whole national order of priesthood, and of every thing appertaining to compulsive systems of religion, and compulsive articles of faith, has not only precipitated my intention, but rendered a work of this kind exceedingly necessary, lest, in the general wreck of superstition, of false systems of government, and false theology, we lose sight of morality, of humanity, and of the theology that is true. As several of my colleagues, and others of my fellow-citizens of France, have given me th example of making their voluntary and individual profession ot faith, I also will make mine; and I do this with aM that sincerity and frankness with which the mind of man communicates win itself. I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. - I believe the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavouring to make our fellow creatures happy. But, lest it should be supposed that I believe many other things in addition to these, I shall, in the progress of this work, declare the things 1 do not believe, and my reason? for not believing them. I do not be...