All Religions Are One
The Voice of one crying in the Wilderness
As the true method of knowledge is experiment, the true
faculty of knowledge must be the faculty which experiences. This
faculty I treat of.
That the Poetic Genius is the true Man, and that the
body or outward form of Man is derived from the Poetic Genius. Likewise
that the forms of all things are derived from their Genius, which by the
Ancients was call'd an Angel & Spirit & Demon.
All men are alike in outward form, So (and with the
same infinite variety) all are alike in the Poetic Genius.
No man can think or write or speak from his heart, but
he must intent truth. Thus all sects of Philosophy are from the Poetic
Genius adapted to the weaknesses of every individual.
As none by travelling over known lands can find out
the unknown, So from already acquired knowledge Man could not acquire more;
therefore an universal Poetic Genius exists.
The religionsof all Nations are derived from each Nations's
different reception of the Poetic Genius, which is every where called the
Spirit of Prophecy.
The Jewish and Christian Testaments are An original
derivation from the Poetic Genius. This is necssary from the confined
nature of bodiliy sensation.
As all men are alike (tho' infinitely various) So all
Religions & as all similars have one source:
The true Man is the source, he being the Poetic
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