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BIBLICAL EXTRACTS
     

BIBLICAL EXTRACTS

by Robert Cooper
 
PREFACE.

The distinguishing characteristic of the present age, is the freedom
of inquiry and discussion which prevails upon all subjects; and most
particularly upon religious subjects. Intelligent and thinking men of
every class, are beginning to investigate and discuss questions of the
latter kind with considerable closeness, fearlessness and

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PREFACE.

The distinguishing characteristic of the present age, is the freedom
of inquiry and discussion which prevails upon all subjects; and most
particularly upon religious subjects. Intelligent and thinking men of
every class, are beginning to investigate and discuss questions of the
latter kind with considerable closeness, fearlessness and determination.
They are now resolved no longer to be hoodwinked with the veil of
prejudice, enchained with the trammels of superstition, or deluded
by the Hosted by or intimidated by the denunciations of a crafty and
intolerant priesthood; but to examine for themselves--"to prove all
things, and hold fast that which is good." And long have the priesthood
dreaded, and anxiously have they endeavored to procrastinate, the
arrival of this period. Long have they been apprehensive of the
development of intellect, and the enlightenment of mind. Long have they
feared the advent of that era which will hail the dawn of rationality
and advancement. And why? Because they knew full well, ignorant and
superstitious as many of them may appear, that when intellect and
rationality become the main-springs of society--when men begin
dispassionately and philosophically to examine into the mysteries and
workings of religion, that all their impositions will be discovered,
all their craftiness detected, and all their designs and practices fully
exposed. And, when once this is done, they are conscious that their
influence over the people, would immediately decline, and ultimately
fall. This has already in some measure proved true. For by the many bold
and daring innovations, which have been made by a Paine, a Voltaire,
a Mirabaud, a Volney, a Taylor, a Howitt, and an Owen, upon what is
arrogantly called the consecrated ground of religion, their influence
has materially declined, and has every prospect of still continuing
to do so. And this they know--_this they feel_. Hence, the terrific
thunderbolts of indignation and anathema which they have hurled at the
characters of those distinguished men. And hence, that malicious and
vindictive spirit which they have manifested toward all those who have
had the integrity or boldness to acknowledge themselves their disciples.
Hence, too, their present discreditable opposition to every educational,
political and social measure, which would conduce to the elevation and
improvement of society. But poor deluded mortals! how vain will they
find all their attempts to impede the mighty progress of truth--the
glorious advancement of thought and enlightenment! As well, indeed,
might they attempt to overthrow the pyramids of Egypt with the waft of
a feather, as to endeavor to demolish the temple of reason and intellect
which is now erecting in society; a temple which, while it will be a
glorious emblem of the progression of man, will be a lasting monument
of their final downfall! So considerably, in fact, is the power of the
priesthood already diminished, that they are now beginning to be looked
upon by the leading minds of all classes, with feelings of indifference
and compassion, rather than those of reverence and admiration.

It was the desire to endeavor to hasten the annihilation of the
influence of these men that induced me to publish the following work---a
work which, I trust, will serve somewhat to expose one of the greatest
impositions ever palmed upon mankind in any age, or in any country. I
allude, as may be supposed? to the Bible. Yes, the Christian priesthood
dare so outrageously to blaspheme the character of the Supreme Governor
of the Universe as to say, that book is his word; that he either wrote
or inspired men to write it. O shame, shame upon such blasphemy! What!
a munificent and omniscient Deity the author of a book replete with
more contradictions, containing more immoralities, and inculcating more
absurdities, than any book extant; contradictions, too, of the grossest
character, immoralities of the most pernicious tendency, and absurdities
of the most extravagant nature! Audacious impiety! Such an opinion
perhaps might be entertained in the dark ages of ignorance and
superstition, but in this the boasted era of reason and science, it must
be repudiated by all who dare openly and frankly avow their sentiments,

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013631113
Publisher:
SAP
Publication date:
11/05/2011
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