Priestley, Joseph - Materialism as a failed approach
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Institutes of Natural and Revealed Religion (1772–1774)
If any person, discouraged by these difficulties, should think to relieve himself by rejecting all religion, natural and revealed, he will find, if he reflect at all, that he has miserably deceived himself, and that he is involved in greater perplexity than ever; the scheme he has adopted not only filling his mind with great darkness and distress, but being contrary to some of the plainest appearances in nature, and therefore manifestly irrational and absurd.
- Vol. I : Preface (1772)