Excerpt from A New Edition of Plain Truth, or Strictures on Superstition, Hypocrisy, Priestcraft and Fanaticism: Also, on the Prevailing Orthodoxy of the Day, &C
IN the following pages, no labored disquisition has been attempted. 'to distinguish true religion from its abuses, niockeries, perversions and counterfeits from bigotry, superstition, hypocrisy, priestcraft and delusionafrom those false creeds and sectarian systems which have their origin in selfish policy, and derive their support from the ignorance and credulity of mankind; in short, to distinguish religion in its purity from those absurd and spurious doctrines of creed-makers, and those practical delinquences of their followers, which have so deplorably contributed to bring it into disrepute - such has been my design. This I have. Endeavored to do with plainness, fidelity, and according to the best of my ability. In treating of the various topics selected for discussion, I am sensible I have frequently fallen into a more diffuse style of writing than I could have wished. The work is also deficient in that lucid order and methodical arrangement which are so desirable in extended compositions for I have had little oppor-a tunity to classify my thoughts. I have written on with rapidity, re gardless of rhetorical rules and elegance of diction. Mk has been my great object; and although I have presented her in plain habili ments, nay even naked, I trust few willbe found so fastidious as to take it amiss - however some of her professed friends dare not for very shame look upon her in that state. No wonder they blush!
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