To Mr. Moore of New York, Commonly Called Bishop Moore
I have read in the newspapers
your account of the visit you made to the unfortunate General Hamilton,
and of administering to him a ceremony of your church which you call the
I regret the fate of General Hamilton, and I so far
hope with you that it will be a warning to thoughtless man not to sport
away the life that God has given him; but with respect to other parts of
your letter I think it very reprehensible, and betrays great ignorance
of what true religion is. But you are a priest, you get your living by
it, and it is not your worldly interest to undeceive yourself.
After giving an account of your administering to the
deceased what you call the Holy Communion, you add, "By reflecting on
this melancholy event let the humble believer be encouraged ever to hold
fast that precious faith which is the
only source of true consolation
in the last extremity of nature.
Let the infidel be persuaded to abandon his opposition to the
To show you, Sir, that your promise of consolation
from Scripture has no foundation to stand upon, I will cite to you one
of the greatest falsehoods upon record, and which was given, as the
record says, for the purpose, and as a promise, of consolation.
In the epistle called the First Epistle of Paul to the
Thessalonians, iv, the writer consoles the Thessalonians as to the case
of their friends who were already dead.
He does this by informing them, and he does it he
says, by the word of the Lord, (a most notorious falsehood,) that the
general resurrection of the dead and the ascension of the living will be
in his and their days; that their friends will then come to life again;
that the dead in Christ will rise first. -- "Then WE (says he, ver. 17,
18) which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together
with THEM in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air,
and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore
comfort one another with
Delusion and falsehood cannot be carried higher than
they are in this passage. You, Sir, are but a novice in the art.
The words admit of no equivocation. The whole passage is in the
first person and the present tense, "We
which are alive."
Had the writer meant a future time, and a distant
generation, it must have been in the third person and the future tense.
shall then be alive."
I am thus particular for the purpose of nailing you down to the
text, that you may not ramble from it, nor put other constructions upon
the words than they will bear, which priests are very apt to do.
Now, Sir, it is impossible for serious man, to whom
God has given the divine gift of reason, and who employs that reason to
reverence and adore the God that gave it, it is, I say, impossible for
such a man to put confidence in a book that abounds with fable and
falsehood as the New Testament does.
This passage is but a sample of what I could give you.
You call on those whom you style
"infidels," (and they in
return might call you an idolater, a worshipper of false gods, a
preacher of false doctrines), "to abandon their opposition to the
Gospel." Prove, Sir, the
Gospel to be true, and the opposition will cease of itself; but until
you do this (which we know you cannot do) you have no right to expect
they will notice your call.
If by infidels you mean
Deists (and you must be
exceedingly ignorant of the origin of the word Deist, and know but
little of Deus, to put that
construction upon it), you will find yourself over-matched if you begin
to engage in a controversy with them.
Priests may dispute with
priests, and sectaries with sectaries, about the meaning of what they
agree to call Scripture, and
end as they began; but when you engage with a Deist you must keep to
fact. Now, Sir, you cannot prove a single article of your religion to be
true, and we tell you so publicly.
Do it, if you can.
The Deistical article, the
belief of a God, with which your creed begins, has been borrowed by
your church from the ancient Deists, and even this article you dishonor
by putting a dream-begotten
which you call His son, over His head, and treating God as if he was
Deism is the only profession of religion that admits
of worshipping and reverencing God in purity, and the only one on which
the thoughtful mind can repose with undisturbed tranquility.
God is almost forgotten in the Christian religion. Everything,
even the creation, is ascribed to the son of Mary.
In religion, as in everything else, perfection
consists in simplicity. The
Christian religion of Gods within Gods, like wheels within wheels, is
like a complicated machine that never goes right, and every projector in
the art of Christianity is trying to mend it.
It is its defects that have caused such a number and variety of
tinkers to be hammering at it, and still it goes wrong.
In the visible world no time-keeper can go equally
true with the sun; and in like manner, no complicated religion can be
equally true with the pure and unmixed religion of Deism.
Had you not offensively glanced at a description of men whom you call by a false name, you would not have been troubled nor honored with this address; neither has the writer of it any desire or intention to enter into controversy with you. He thinks the temporal establishment of your church politically unjust and offensively unfair; but with respect to religion itself, distinct from temporal establishments, he is happy in the enjoyment of his own, and he leaves you to make the best you can of yours.
 Alexander Hamilton who was dying from a shot he received in a duel. Editor.
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