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Thomas Paine

 

Thomas Paine
(February 9, 1737 June 8, 1809)
 
was an English-American political activist,
philosopher, political theorist,
and revolutionary.
One of the Founding Fathers of the United States,
he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution:
Common Sense,
which started a political revolution and
The Age of Reason,
which started a spiritual revolution.
 

He inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain!!
He inspired the Deists to declare independence from Christianity!!
-WikiPedia
[Then, he went to France and started the French Revolution!!]

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I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church. All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
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Paine, Thomas (2012-03-07). The Age of Reason (p. 22). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.

 

EVERY national church or religion has established itself by pretending some special mission from God, communicated to certain individuals. The Jews have their Moses; the Christians their Jesus Christ, their apostles and saints; and the Turks their Mahomet ; as if the way to God was not open to every man alike.
                                                                                    -Paine, Thomas (2012-03-07). The Age of Reason (p. 23). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.

 

Each of those churches shows certain books, which they call revelation, or the Word of God. The Jews say that their Word of God was given by God to Moses face to face; the Christians say, that their Word of God came by divine inspiration ; and the Turks say, that their Word of God (the Koran) was brought by an angel from heaven. Each of those churches accuses the other of unbelief ; and, for my own part, I disbelieve them all.
                                                                                    -Paine, Thomas (2012-03-07). The Age of Reason (p. 23). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.

 

The statue of Mary succeeded the statue of Diana of Ephesus. The deification of heroes changed into the canonization of saints. The Mythologists had gods for everything; the Christian Mythologists had saints for everything. The church became as crouded with the one, as the pantheon had been with the other; and Rome was the place of both. The Christian theory is little else than the idolatry of the ancient mythologists, accommodated to the purposes of power and revenue; and it yet remains to reason and philosophy to abolish the amphibious fraud.
                                                                                  -Paine, Thomas (2012-03-07). The Age of Reason (p. 25). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.

 

Jesus Christ wrote no account of himself, of his birth, parentage, or anything else. Not a line of what is called the New Testament is of his writing. The history of him is altogether the work of other people; and as to the account given of his resurrection and ascension, it was the necessary counterpart to the story of his birth. His historians, having brought him into the world in a supernatural manner, were obliged to take him out again in the same manner, or the first part of the story must have fallen to the ground.
                                                                                 
-Paine, Thomas (2012-03-07). The Age of Reason (p. 26). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.

 

OF THE BASES OF CHRISTIANITY. IT is upon this plain narrative of facts, together with another case I am going to mention, that the Christian mythologists, calling themselves the Christian Church, have erected their fable, which for absurdity and extravagance is not exceeded by anything that is to be found in the mythology of the ancients.
                                                                
-Paine, Thomas (2012-03-07). The Age of Reason (p. 28). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.