Benjamin Franklin used this terminology when proposing that meetings of the Constitutional Convention begin with prayers  Historical background[ edit ] Deistic thinking has existed since ancient times.
If the people of this religion [Islam] are asked about the proof for the soundness of their religion, they flare up, get angry and spill the blood of whoever confronts them with this question. They forbid rational speculation, and strive to kill their adversaries. This is why truth became thoroughly silenced and concealed.
They convey the meaning better and their rhymed prose is in better meter. By God what you say astonishes us! You are talking about a work which recounts ancient myths, and which at the same time is full of contradictions and does not contain any useful information or explanation.
You see, it's been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn't we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good?
The Mohammedan religion [Islam] too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity.
Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness? In your lifetime, you used to hear the music of Richard Wagner.
After your death, it will be nothing but hallelujahs, the waving of palms, children of an age for the feeding bottle, and hoary old men.
The man of the isles pays homage to the forces of nature. But Christianity is an invention of sick brains: Then the Germanic races would have conquered the world.
Christianity alone prevented them from doing so. A slow death has something comforting about it. The dogma of Christianity gets worn away before the advances of science The instructions of a hygienic nature that most religions gave, contributed to the foundation of organized communities.
The precepts ordering people to wash, to avoid certain drinks, to fast at appointed dates, to take exercise, to rise with the sun, to climb to the top of the minaret — all these were obligations invented by intelligent people. The exhortation to fight courageously is also self-explanatory.
Observe, by the way, that, as a corollary, the Moslem was promised a paradise peopled with sensual girls, where wine flowed in streams — a real earthly paradise. The Christians, on the other hand, declare themselves satisfied if after their death they are allowed to sing hallelujahs!
Christianity, of course, has reached the peak of absurdity in this respect. And that's why one day its structure will collapse.
Science has already impregnated humanity.The belief that Voltaire had little to no effect on Thomas Jefferson is a false statement according to this research.
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 2nd, and died on July 4th, , while Voltaire was born on November 21st, and died on May 30th, (2 & 6). There was no dire. The Lifelong Struggles of Rogers, Penn, Voltaire, Locke and Jefferson Essay - Thomas Jefferson and The Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson was the author of The Declaration of Independence, and according to Bellis, Jefferson was also a jurist, a diplomat, a writer, an inventor, a philosopher, an architect, a gardener, a negotiator.
Compare Enlightenment thinkers John Locke and Thomas Jefferson, which statement is accurate: A)They vehemently disagreed on the concept of individual rights and entered a series of public debates against each other.
Locke's ideas had a profound effect on the coming of age of enlightenment and no less a figure than Thomas Jefferson attributed to Locke many of the ideas that became the bedrock Show More Comparing John Locke, John Stuart Mill, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Compare enlightenment thinkers John Locke and Thomas Jefferson, which statement is accurate? A) They were both heavily involved in the French Revolution. B) They were both heavily inspired by Voltaire and worked together on the U.S.
Constitution. Later deism spread to France (notably through the work of Voltaire), to Germany, and to North America. For his part, Thomas Jefferson is perhaps one of the Founding Fathers with the most outspoken of deist tendencies, though he is not known to have called himself a deist.