Thomas Paine on the Bible


Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was one of the least religious of America’s founding fathers...
Nonetheless, Paine knew the Bible’s worldview was inseparable from the scientific worldview. During a lecture in Paris in 1797, he criticized the French for their secular teaching of science in the public schools:

…With reference to the being who is the author of them: for all the principles of science are of Divine origin… When we examine an extraordinary piece of machinery, and astonishing pile of architecture, a well-executed statue or a highly finished painting… Our ideas are naturally led to think of the extensive genius and talents of the artist. When we study the elements of geometry, we think of Euclid. When we speak of gravitation, we think of Newton. How is it then that when we study the works of God in the creation, we stop short and do not think of God? It is from the error of the schools… The evil that has resulted… has been that of generating in the pupils a species of atheism. Instead of looking through the works of the creation to the creator himself, they stop short and employ the knowledge they acquire to create doubts of his existence.

("The Bible in America: What We Believe About the Most Important Book in Our History" Second Edition/ Steve Green and Todd Hillard
www.museumofthebible.org)