A publisher of the first sympathetic biography of thomas paine he was a lifelong friend whom paine cited as benefactor in his will in london paine stayed with rickman then in paris where rickman escaped capture by the english for publishing paines rights of man they resumed their close friendship that lasted through their lifetimes. 711 quotes from thomas paine of all the systems of religion that ever were invented there is no more derogatory to the almighty more unedifying to man more repugnant to reason and more contradictory to itself than this thing called christianity too absurd for belief too impossible to convince and too inconsistent for practice it renders the heart torpid or produces only atheists or . Thomas paine accented a keynote for religious reason and political liberty which reverberates for humanity today his vision of a republic of conscience reasoning over passions and human rights provide the basis for the emerging civil society and cosmopolis today
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