• The true object of religion is to bind mankind together, and to bind them all to God. If we see that in the name of religion, men, instead of promoting peace on earth and good-will among men, are trying to show their antagonism and animosity towards each other, then certainly we must stand forward with our voice of protest, and say that religion is defeating its own legitimate object.

    Speech delivered at Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London, in a meeting held to constitute a Theistic Association in London, July 20, 1870.