Elihu Palmer was an ex-Baptist minister who made an effort to organize
by forming the "Deistical
Society of New York
." Palmer wrote the "Principles of Nature" (1801)
- The universe proclaims the existence of one supreme Deity, worthy of the adoration of intelligent
- Man is possessed of moral and intellectual faculties sufficient for
improvement of nature, and
the acquisition of happiness.
- The religion of nature is the only universal religion; that it grows
out of the moral relations of intelligent beings, and it stands
connected with the progressive improvement and common welfare of the
- It is essential to the true interest of man, that he love truth and
- Vice is every where ruinous and destructive to the happiness of the
individual and of society.
- A benevolent disposition, and beneficient actions, are fundamental
duties of rational beings.
- A religion mingled with persecution and malice cannot be of divine
- Education and science are essential to the happiness of man.
- Civil and religious liberty is essential to his interests.
- There can be no human authority to which man ought to be amenable
for his religious opinions.
- Science and truth, virtue and happiness, are the great objects to
which the activity and energy of human faculties ought to be directed.