Thomas Paine on Christianity

This blog has been sort of “dead” of late, so I was trying to think of something to post in the interest of keeping it going.

Over at Smilodon’s Retreat on the Skeptic Ink, network, there is a post on Thomas Paine and his views on religion.  The author of the post has apparently been in discussions with Christians regarding the so-called “Founding Fathers” and their religious views, and, not surprisingly, many religionists claimed that leading members of the Revolutionary Generation were Christians.  The Smilodon author checked for himself, and was particularly intrigued with what Thomas Paine had to say about Christianity.  He included a link to some of Paine’s writings, and I thought it might be useful to add a Paine quote to this blog.  So here it is:

“Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, [190] there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself, than this thing called Christianity. Too absurd for belief, too impossible to convince, and too inconsistent for practice, it renders the heart torpid, or produces only atheists and fanatics. As an engine of power, it serves the purpose of despotism; and as a means of wealth, the avarice of priests; but so far as respects the good of man in general, it leads to nothing here or hereafter.”

2 thoughts on “Thomas Paine on Christianity

  1. Saw a post somewhere recently regarding the separation of church/state issue at the time the constitution was being written and it noted that Patrick Henry was on the side wanting to tear down the wall. What a surprise! Wasn’t he the “give me liberty or give me death” guy? Maybe I have my history wrong…again. Seemed odd that a guy standing up for liberty would also stand up for theocracy.

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