Richard CarlileIn existographies, Richard Carlile (1790-1843) (FA:108) was an English radical publicist, a previous deist who declared (Ѻ) himself an atheist in 1821; noted as the publisher of Thomas Paine's writings.

On 21 May 1829, Robert Taylor, following his release from prison, teamed up with Carlilie, and arrived in Cambridge, where they rented a room for two weeks above a print shop, which they called their ‘Infidel Headquarters’, whereat they printed and sent out the following circular to the leading clergyman of the area:

“Robert Taylor and Richard Carlile present their compliments as ‘infidel missionaries’, to and most respectfully and earnestly invite discussion on the merits of the Christian religion, which they argumentatively challenge, in the confidence of their competence to prove, that such a person as Jesus Christ, alleged to have been of Nazareth, never existed; and that the Christian religion has no such origin as has been pretended; neither is it in any way beneficial to mankind; but that it is nothing more than an emanation from the ancient Pagan religion. The researches of the Rev. Robert Taylor, on the subject, are embodied in his newly published work, The Diegesis, in which may be found the routine of their argument. They also impugn the honesty of a continued preaching, while discussion is challenged on the whole of the merits of the Christian religion.”

This resulted in a fiasco, of sorts (Ѻ), the news of which spread through the entire student body of Cambridge, including the newly being imprinted mind of Charles Darwin, then in his second year of college.

Quotes | On
The following are quotes on Carlile:

“It is evident that the notion of spirits, imagined by savages and adopted by the ignorant, is calculated to retard the progress of knowledge, since it precludes our researches into the true cause of the effects which we see, by keeping the human mind in apathy and sloth. This state of ignorance may be very useful to crafty theologians, but very injurious to society. This is the reason, however, why in all ages priests have persecuted those who have been the first to give natural explanations of the phenomena of nature— as witness: Anaxagoras, Aristotle, Galileo, Descartes—and, more recently, Richard Carlile, William Lawrence, Robert Taylor, and Abnet Kneeland; to which we may add the name of the learned and venerable Thomas Cooper M. D., lately president of Columbia College. South Carolina.”
— H.D. Robinson (1835), notes to Baron d’Holbach’s The System of Nature [1]

1. d’Holbach, Baron. (1770). The System of Nature: Laws of the Moral and Physical World (notes by Denis Diderot; translator: H.D. Robinson) (pg. 53). J.P. Mendum, 1889.

External links
Richard Carlile – Wikipedia.

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