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Why a National Literature Cannot Flourish in the United States of North America

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Published: 1845
Language: English
Wordcount: 27,810 / 86 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 44.4
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 340
Added to site: 2010.03.26
mnybks.net#: 27148
Genre: Criticism
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xed in it. If the bible teaches us charity, love, tolerance, and natural understanding, let us follow, venerate, and worship it; but, at the same time, let us send into prisons those fanatics who, not minding history, arts, and sciences, preach nothing but intolerance, and persecution with the bible in their hands. The ancient romans had their censurers. In this country I would have a board of gentlemen with officers to prevent fanaticism, and persecution: and the preacher who says, that the best moral is to brand those, who have a different religion from that which he professes, should not be permitted to preach to an assembly of honest people. The drunkard injures only himself, and very seldom the few near him. The spirit of fanaticism did exterminate nations! If we are indebted to philosophy for the little religion which we have yet, the true ministers of Christ must needs join with the humane voice of philosophy, unless they have not at heart their families, life, and lawful property of this worl

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