Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Paine, Thomas (1795), Age of Reason, Retrieved on -0001-11-30

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01 JAN 2010

 Nature is the Word of God We Should Study

Could a man be placed in a situation, and endowed with power of vision to behold at one view, and to contemplate deliberately, the structure of the universe, to mark the movements of the several planets, the cause of their varying appearances, the unerring order in which they revolve, even to the remotest comet, their connection and dependence on each other, and to know the system of laws established by the Creator, that governs and regulates the whole; he would then conceive, far beyond what...
Folksonomies: spiritual naturalism
Folksonomies: spiritual naturalism
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Thomas Paine's beautiful exposition on the fascination and greatness of the natural world as a source of spiritual sustenance.
01 JAN 2010

 For Deists, A Fulfilling, Engaging Life Requires Science

To be happy in old age it is necessary that we accustom ourselves to objects that can accompany the mind all the way through life, and that we take the rest as good in their day. The mere man of pleasure is miserable in old age; and the mere drudge in business is but little better: whereas, natural philosophy, mathematical and mechanical science, are a continual source of tranquil pleasure, and in spite of the gloomy dogmas of priests, and of superstition, the study of those things is the stu...
Folksonomies: spiritual naturalism
Folksonomies: spiritual naturalism
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Thomas Paine on why Ben Franklin was always alive and active in life, because he always had science to inspire him. Without it, he would have gone senile.
14 OCT 2021

 Mythology Prepared Minds for the Idea of Jesus as Son of God

It is, however, not difficult to account for the credit that was given to the story of Jesus Christ being the Son of God. He was born when the heathen mythology had still some fashion and repute in the world, and that mythology had prepared the people for the belief of such a story. Almost all the extraordinary men that lived under the heathen mythology were reputed to be the sons of some of their gods. It was not a new thing at that time to believe a man to have been celestially begotten; th...
Folksonomies: religion mythology
Folksonomies: religion mythology
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