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“[I]s it more probable that nature should go out of her course, or that a man should tell a lie? We have never seen, in our time, nature go out of her course; but we have good reason to believe that millions of lies have been told in the same time; it is, therefore, at least millions to one, that the reporter of a miracle tells a lie.”

Thomas Paine,The Age of Reason” in The Complete Writings of Thomas Paine – Volume 1, Philip S. Foner/editor (New York, NY: Citadel Press, 1945), 509.