Sunday, March 27, 2011

Thomas Paine on Natural Religion

"It is only in the creation that all our ideas and conceptions of a word of God can unite. The creation speaketh a universal language, independently of human speech or human language, multiplied and various as they may be. It is an ever-existing original, which every man can read. It cannot be forged; it cannot be counterfeited; it cannot be lost; it cannot altered; it cannot be suppressed. It does not depend upon the will of man whether it shall be published or not: it publishes itself from one end of the earth to the other. It preaches to all nations and to all worlds; and this word of God reveals to man all that is necessary for man to know of God." Thomas Paine, Age of Reason, Pt. 1, 1794


  1. Thanks for your comment, Mark. This passage has an almost thunderous sonority to my ear -- like the sound of lightening echoing mountain to mountain -- Paine's voice, nothing like it.


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