Ethan AllenIn existographies, Ethan Allen (1737-1789) [HD:16] (FA:77) (RMS:30) (CR:4) was an American military leader, founding father (see: founding fathers fallacy), and philosopher, noted for []

In 1784, Allen, in his Reason: the Only Oracle of Man, penned a harsh denunciation of Christianity; the following is his take on the Moses pens his own death problem: [1]

“This [Moses] is the only historian in the circle of my reading, who has ever given [Deuteronomy 34:5-8] the public a peculiar account of his own death, and how old he was at the decisive period, where he died, who buried him, and where he was buried, and withal of the number of days his friends and acquaintances mourned and wept for him. I must confess I do not expect to be able to advise the public of the term of my life, nor the circumstances of my death and burial, nor the days of the weeping or laughing of my survivors.”

This death inconsistency was also pointed out by Noel Journet (1582).

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The following are quotes by Allen:

“In the circle of my acquaintance, which has not been small, I have generally been denominated a deist, the reality of which I never disputed, being conscious I am no Christian, except mere infant baptism make me one ; and as to being a deist, I know not, strictly speaking, whether I am one or not, for I have never read their writings; mine will therefore determine the matter ; for I have not in the least disguised my sentiments, but have written freely without any conscious knowledge of prejudice for, or against any man, sectary or party whatever; but wish that good sense, truth and virtue may be promoted and flourish in the world, to the detection of delusion, superstition, and false religion; and therefore my errors in the succeeding treatise, which may be rationally pointed out, will be readily rescinded.”
— Ethan Allen (1784), Reason, the Only Oracle of Man [3]

“There is not any thing, which has contributed so much to delude mankind in religious matters, as mistaken apprehensions concerning supernatural inspiration or revelation; not considering that all true religion originates from reason, and can not otherwise be understood, but by the exercise and improvement of it.”
— Ethan Allen (c.1780) (Ѻ)

“While we are under the tyranny of priests, it will ever be in their interest to invalidate the law of nature and reason in order to establish systems incompatible therewith.”
— Ethan Allen (1784), Reason: the Only Oracle of Man [2]

1. Joshi, Sunand T. (2014). The Original Atheists: First Thoughts on Nonbelief (pg. 226). Prometheus Books.
2. (a) Allen, Ethan. (1784). Reason: the Only Oracle of Man (pg. 475). Publisher, 1940.
(b) Jacob, Susan. (2004). Freethinkers: a History of American Secularism (rev) (pg. 18). Publisher.
3. Allen, Ethan. (1784). Reason, the Only Oracle of Man: a Compenduous System of Natural Religion (deist, preface). J.P. Mendum, 1854.

External links
Ethan Allen – Wikipedia.

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