Of religious ignorance

Most ungodly of all is to believe that a person will be condemned to hell or some place of eternal suffering simply because he has refused to believe what many others consider sacred, divine. No benevolent God would punish a man for his instinctive employing of his reason and casting doubt on that which is doubtful. “Believe this or you will be damned!” is much too petty for the high-standing character of God. Furthermore, was it not God that bestowed upon man the gift of reason; and were man to use this gift to his utmost talents, and in an innocuous manner, would it not be distastefully unfair for God to punish him? Those who stubbornly remain in the aforementioned belief remain only in their own ignorance.

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