Excerpt from Anthropology, or the Science of Man: In Its Bearing on War and Slavery, and on Arguments From the Bible, Marriage, God, Death, Retribution, Atonement and Government, in Support of These and Other Social Wrongs; In a Series of Letters to a Friend in England
I shall make no apology for the opinions advanced in the follow ing letters. I believe they are true; and no man should ever deprecate the displeasure of any being, for uttering what he thinks to be truth. The approbation of no being is worth the sacrifice of truth and duty. No one, who is familiar with the efforts made during the past twenty-five years, in this country and in Europe, to abolish intemperance, slavery, war and other social wrongs, can reasonably wonder at the positions I have taken, or question the propriety of their publication. Outrages Upon man's physical and social nature have been perpetrated, under the sanctions of the Bible and of God, until the authority of that book, and the very name of God, have been made towers of defense to slavery, war and every violation of justice and equity. How shall these argu ments, in support of such outrages upon human nature, be mei'.l It seems to me a waste of time and energy, to attempt to argue the right or wrong ol war or slavery from the Bible, ' or from God they are violations of self-evident truth, and no power in the universe is competent to impose on man an obligation to kill, or to enslave his brother. Whoever says the Author of our being may justly insti gate man to take the life of man, for any cause, is mistaken; simply because such an act is an outrage upon the laws under which he placed us.
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