Reason the only oracle of man, or A compenduous [sic] system of natural religion [electronic resource] : Alternately adorned with confutations of a variety of doctrines incompatible to it; deduced from the most exalted ideas which we are able to form of the divine and human characters, and from the universe in general. By Ethan Allen, Esq
- Allen, Ethan, 1738-1789
- Bennington: state of Vermont : Printed by Haswell & Russell, M,DCC.LXXXIV. 
- Physical Description:
- xxi, 2 unnumbered pages, 24-477 pages, 3 unnumbered pages ; 8⁰.
- Additional Creators:
- Young, Thomas, 1732-1777
- The first publication in the United States openly directed against the Christian religion. Ethan Allen's authorship is called into question by G.P. Anderson in his "Who wrote 'Ethan Allen's Bible'?" (New England quarterly 10 (1937): 685-696). According to Anderson, Allen revised and published the manuscript of the recently deceased Thomas Young (1732-1777), with whom he may have discussed some of the contents some years earlier. The greater part of the edition was destroyed by fire in the printing office; according to Anderson "Out of fifteen hundred copies printed, it is doubtful if as many as one hundred escaped destruction." - With a half-title.
Reproduction of original from the British Library.
Available online to authorized PSU users as part of the Religion and philosophy series of Eighteenth century collections online.
- Reproduction Note:
- Electronic reproduction. Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thomson Gale, 2003. Available via the World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreements
- Reviewed/Cited In:
- Evans, C. American bibliography, 18322
McCorison, M.A. Vermont, 69
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present, 802
English Short Title Catalog, ESTCW28994.
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