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CHAPTER VI.: OF THE TRUE THEOLOGY. - Thomas Paine, The Writings of Thomas Paine, Vol. IV (1791-1804) 
The Writings of Thomas Paine, Collected and Edited by Moncure Daniel Conway (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1894). Vol. 4.
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- General Introduction, With Last Gleanings, Historical and Biographical.
- The Age of Reason. Editor’s Introduction.
- I.: The Age of Reason.
- Chapter I.: The Author’s Profession of Faith.
- Chapter II.: Of Missions and Revelations.
- Chapter III.: Concerning the Character of Jesus Christ, and His History.
- Chapter IV.: Of the Bases of Christianity.
- Chapter V.: Examination In Detail of the Preceding Bases.
- Chapter VI.: Of the True Theology.
- Chapter VII.: Examination of the Old Testament.
- Chapter VIII.: Of the New Testament.
- Chapter IX.: In What the True Revelation Consists.
- Chapter X.: Concerning God, and the Lights Cast On His Existence and Attributes By the Bible.
- Chapter XI.: Of the Theology of the Christians; and the True Theology.
- Chapter XII.: The Effects of Christianism On Education. Proposed Reforms.
- Chapter XIII.: Comparison of Christianism With the Religious Ideas Inspired By Nature.
- Chapter XIV.: System of the Universe.
- Chapter XV.: Advantages of the Existence of Many Worlds In Each Solar System.
- Chapter XVI.: Application of the Preceding to the System of the Christians.
- Chapter XVII.: Of the Means Employed In All Time, and Almost Universally, to Deceive the Peoples.
- The Age of Reason.: Part II.
- Chapter I.: The Old Testament.
- Chapter II.: The New Testament.
- Chapter III.: Conclusion.
- III.: Letters Concerning %u201cthe Age of Reason.%u201d
- IV.: Prosecution of the Age of Reason. 1
- V.: The Existence of God. a Discourse At the Society of Theophilanthropists, Paris. 1
- VI.: Worship and Church Bells. a Letter to Camille Jordan. 1
- VII.: Answer to the Bishop of Llandaff. Editorial Note.
- VIII.: Origin of Free-masonry. 1
- IX.: Prospect Papers. Editor’s Preface.
- X.: Examination of Prophecies. 1 Author’s Preface.
- XI.: A Letter to Andrew Dean. 1
- XII.: Predestination.
- Appendix A.: Atuobiographical Sketch.
- Appendix B.
- Appendix C.: Scientific Memoranda.
- Appendix D.: The Iron Bridge.
- Appendix E.: the Construction of Iron Bridges.
- Appendix F.: to the People of England On the Invasion of England.
- Appendix G.: Constitutional Reform. 1
- Appendix H.: Constitutions, Governments, and Charters.
- Appendix I.: The Cause of the Yellow Fever, and the Means of Preventing It In Places Not Yet Infected With It.
- Appendix J.: Liberty of the Press. 1
- Appendix K.: the Snowdrop and the Critic, 1 to the Editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine, 1775.
- Appendix L. 1: Case of the Officers of Excise; With Remarks On the Qualifications of Officers, and On the Numerous Evils Arising to the Revenue, From the Insufficiency of the Present Salary: Humbly Addressed to the Members of Both Houses of Parliament.
- Appendix M.: The Will of Thomas Paine.
OF THE TRUE THEOLOGY.
But if objects for gratitude and admiration are our desire, do they not present themselves every hour to our eyes? Do we not see a fair creation prepared to receive us the instant we are born—a world furnished to our hands, that cost us nothing? Is it we that light up the sun; that pour down the rain; and fill the earth with abundance? Whether we sleep or wake, the vast machinery of the universe still goes on. Are these things, and the blessings they indicate in future, nothing to us? Can our gross feelings be excited by no other subjects than tragedy and suicide? Or is the gloomy pride of man become so intolerable, that nothing can flatter it but a sacrifice of the Creator?
I know that this bold investigation will alarm many, but it would be paying too great a compliment to their credulity to forbear it on that account. The times and the subject demand it to be done. The suspicion that the theory of what is called the Christian church is fabulous, is becoming very extensive in all countries; and it will be a consolation to men staggering under that suspicion, and doubting what to believe and what to disbelieve, to see the subject freely investigated. I therefore pass on to an examination of the books called the Old and the New Testament.