Christianity Unveiled: Being an Examination of the Principles and Effects of the Christian Religion (Google eBook)

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Page 17 - In old age, the faculties are blunted; habits become incorporated with the machine, the senses are debilitated by time and infirmity, and we are no longer able to penetrate back to the source of our opinions ; besides, the fear of death then renders an examination over which terror commonly presides, very liable to suspicion. Civil authority also flies to the support of the prejudices of mankind ; compels them to ignorance by forbidding inquiry ; and holds itself in continual readiness to punish...
Page 18 - ... habits become incorporated with the machine, the senses are debilitated by time and infirmity, and we are no longer able to penetrate back to the source of our opinions ; besides, the fear of death then renders an examination over which terror commonly presides, very liable to suspicion. Civil authority also flies to the support of the prejudices of mankind ; compels them to ignorance by forbidding inquiry ; and holds itself in continual readiness to punish all who attempt to undeceive...
Page 90 - Socrates taught that it was not lawful for a man, who had received an injury, to revenge it by doing another injury.
Page 117 - By attentive examination of such events, we shall escape the dominion of fanaticism. It is by stimulating mankind to enquiry, that they must be freed from the shackles of superstition. Let mankind think till they have thrown aside their prejudices, and they will think justly. The reign of the priesthood will cease when men cease to be ignorant and credulous. Credulity is the offspring of ignorance, and superstition is the child of credulity. But most kings dread that mankind should he enlightened.
Page 10 - ... much of a piece," says the editor, " with many other books which our modern democratic patriots are reprinting and circulating with great industry and with the professed design of undermining Christianity for the purpose of establishing Reason in its place." He then gives the following extracts: " The only morality taught by Christians is the enthusiastic, impracticable, contradictory and uncertain morality contained in the Gospel. This is calculated only to degrade the mind, to render virtue...
Page 89 - Politic nation*, who have enacted just and wise laws, have always forbidden individuals to revenge or do justice to themselves. A sentiment of generosity, of greatness of soul, or heroism,may...
Page 17 - ... and they tremble, because they trembled. If by chance a young man examines his religion, he does it with partiality, or without perseverance ; he is often disgusted with a single glance of the eye, on contemplating an object so revolting. In old age, the faculties are blunted ; habits become incorporated with the machine, the senses are •debilitated by time and infirmity, and we are no longer .able to penetrate back to the source of our opinions ; besides, the fear of death then renders an...
Page 69 - He is cleansed trom the stains, transmitted through successive generations, from the father of the human race.— In a word, he becomes a child of God, and is prepared to enter into his glory at death. Now, it is said, that the death of man is the effect of the sin of Adam ; and, if, by baptism, sin be effaced, why is man still subject to death ? But, here we are told, it is from the spiritual, not hodily, death, that Christ has deliverd mankind— Yet this spiritual death is only the death of sin.
Page 16 - ... scrutiny. Men blindly follow on in the paths which their fathers trod ; they believe, because in infancy they were told they must believe ; they hope, because their progenitors hoped ; and they tremble, because they trembled. Scarcely ever have they deigned to render an account of the motives of their belief. Very few...
Page 103 - ... and sacred, than the destructive celibacy, and voluntary castration, recommended as a virtue by the Christian religion. Nature, or its author, invites man, by the attraction of pleasure, to multiply himself. He has unequivocally declared, that women are necessary to men. Experience shews, that they are formed for society, not solely for the purpose of a transient pleasure, but to give mutual assistance in the misfortunes of life, to produce and educate children, from them into citizens, and provide...

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