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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 48

You Must Believe

You Must Believe

in some incomprehensible creed. You must say—"Once one is three, and three times one is one." The man who practised every virtue but failed to believe was execrated. Nothing so outrages the feelings of the Church as a moral unbeliever; nothing so horrible as a chanta ble atheist.

When Paine was born the world was religious. The pulpit was the real throne, and the Churches were making every effort to crush out of the brain the idea that it had the right to think.

He again made up his mind to sacrifice himself. He commenced with the assertion, "That any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system." What a beautiful, what a tender sentiment! No wonder the Church began to hate him.