Principles of Nature
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Principles of Nature

Principles of Nature, also known as The Principles of Nature, or A Development of the Moral Causes of Happiness and Misery among the Human Species, was a work written in 1801 by Elihu Palmer.[1] The work was similar to Thomas Paine's writings, and focused on "God, Deism, "revealed" religions, etc."[2] It has been considered the Bible of American deism.[1] Although Palmer first published in America, after his death, in 1819, Principles of Nature was published in England.[1]Richard Carlile was fined and jailed for several years for publishing Palmer's work in Britain (among other works deemed blasphemous, including those by Thomas Paine) .[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Dangerous Ideas: Controversial Works from the William L. Clements Library - Principles of Nature:". University of Michigan. William L. Clements Library. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ "Elihu Palmer's Principles of Nature". World Union of Deists. Retrieved 2009.

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