Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, 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.
Chapter III: Conclusion
One step above the sublime, makes the ridiculous; and one step above the ridiculous, makes the sublime again.Thomas Paine
"Everything of persecution and revenge between man and man, and everything of cruelty to animals is a violation of moral duty."Thomas Paine
He who is the author of a war, lets loose the whole contagion of hell, and opens a vein that bleeds a nation to death.Thomas Paine