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The Guardian, Vol. 2 of 2
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Excerpt from The Guardian, Vol. 2 of 2: A Corrected Edition, With a Preface Historical and Biographical Let us then refpeet the happinefs of our fpe cies, and in this light examine the proceedings Of the free-thinkers. From what giants and mon {ters would thefe knight-errants undertake to free the world? From the ties that religion pofeth 011 our minds, from the expeetation Of a future judgment, and from the terrors of a tron bled confcience, not by reforming-men's lives, but by giving encouragement to their vices.' 7 hat are thofe important truths Of which they would convince mankind? That there is no fuch thing as a wife and juft Providence; that the mind Ofman is corporeal; that religion is a Rate. Trick, contrived to make men honeft and virtu ous, and to procure a fubfiftence to others for teaching and exhorting them to be fo; that the good tidings of life and immortality, brought to light by the gofpel, are fables and impoftures; from believing that we are made in the image of God, they would degrade us to an opinion that we are on a level With the beafts that perifh'. What pleafure or what advantage do thefe nou tions bring to mankind? Is it Of any ufe to the public that good men {hould lofe the comfortable prof peet of a reward to their virtue; or the wicked be encouraged to perliti in their impiety, from an affurance that they {hall not be punifh. Ed for it hereafter? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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