The word of a demon

Whenever I read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the word of god. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to currupt and brutalize mankind; and for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel

from Thomas Paine, Age Of Reason quoted in the book I am currently reading