An Excerpt From Thomas Paine's Discourse To The Theophilanthropists

When we examine an extraordinary piece of machinery, an astonishing pile of architecture, a well executed statue, or an highly finished painting, where life and action are imitated, and habit only prevents our mistaking a surface of light and shade for cubical solidity, our ideas are naturally led to think of the extensive genius and talents of the artist. When we study the elements of geometry, we think of Euclid. When we speak of gravitation, we think of Newton. How then is it, that when we study the works of God in the creation, we stop short, and do not think of GOD? It is from the error of the schools in having taught those subjects as accomplishments only, and thereby separated the study of them from the 'Being' who is the author of them.             
  • So you believe in the existence of the creators of the ideas you stated yet you never met the creators.. But when you look around at creation or the Cosmos you deny the existence of a creator.

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  • Jan 13th, 2013 at 11:10PM

    I do not pretend to understand the creation of the universe, and I do not substitute fairy tales in the void of knowledge.

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  • Reply by run2345 Jan 13th, 2013 at 11:11PM

    Save Cancel The mere concept of creation begs the pursuit of the existence a creator. The fairy tale of the Atheists is in denying the existence of a being greater than themselves.
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3 Responses Jan 13, 2013

I enjoyed your post.

Alexander Pope said God was a "being wise and rudely great, Great Lord of all things yet prey to all; Sole judge of truth in endless error hurled; The glory jest and riddle of the world."

Thomas Paine was a brilliant anarchist.