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The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

The Age of Reason, Thomas Paine

The Age of Reason

A good solid look at religion and man’s backward attempts to understand our Creator.

“…No one will deny or dispute the power of the Almighty to make
such a communication if he pleases. But admitting, for the sake
of a case, that something has been revealed to a certain person,
and not revealed to any other person, it is revelation to that
person only. When he tells it to a second person, a second to a
third, a third to a fourth, and so on, it ceases to be a revelation to
all those persons. It is revelation to the first person only, and
hearsay to every other, and, consequently, they are not obliged to
believe it.
It is a contradiction in terms and ideas to call anything a
revelation that comes to us at second hand, either verbally or in
writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first
communication. After this, it is only an account of something
which that person says was a revelation made to him; and though
he may find himself obliged to believe it, it cannot be incumbent
on me to believe it in the same manner, for it was not a revelation
made to me, and I have only his word for it that it was made to
him…”

 

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