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To my fellow-citizens of the United States of America.
I put the following work under your protection. It contains my opinions upon Religion. You will do me the justice to remember, that I have always strenuously supported the Right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.
The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.
Your affectionate friend and fellow-citizen,
Luxembourg (Paris), 8th Pluviose,
Second Year of the French Republic, one and indivisible.
January 27, O. S. 1794.
- The author's profession of faith
- Of missions and revelations
- Concerning the character of Jesus Christ, and his history
- Of the bases of Christianity
- Examination in detail of the preceding bases
- Of the true theology
- Examination of the Old Testament
- Of the New Testament
- In what the true revelation consists
- Concerning God, and the lights cast on his existence and attributes by the Bible
- Of the theology of the Christians; and the true theology
- The effects of Christianism on education. Proposed reforms
- Comparison of Christianism with the religious ideas inspired by nature
- System of the universe
- Advantages of the existence of many worlds in each solar system
- Application of the preceding to the system of the Christians
- Of the means employed in all time, and almost universally, to deceive the peoples