True Sense of System of Nature is an anonymous publication of the eighteenth-century French movement of enlightenment. The authorship of this book is doubtful; some persons regard it as a work of Helvetius as this translator found one copy authored by Helvetius. True Sense of System of Nature raises its voice against the dominance of religion and royalty, the priests and the kings who used superstition and authority of religion and state power, giving people false hopes of happiness in the future life by keeping the bandage of opinion, tradition, and false beliefs to keep them under the yoke of priesthood and royalty. The unknown author of this book wants the people to be guided by reason and science so that they can work for their happiness, living and helping each other by contributing to the satisfaction of one another’s needs and not look for happiness in future illusory life as promised by religion. Man looks for happiness. He can only find it on this earth by working and living in harmony with the other members of the society.
Like the great speculators Augustine, Aquinas, and Pascal, Jonathan Edwards treated religious ideas as problems not of dogma, but of life. His exploration of self-love disguised as "true virtue" is grounded in the hard facts of human behavior. More than a hell-fire preacher, more than a theologian, Edwards was a bold and independent philosopher. Nowhere is his force of mind more evident than in this book. He speaks as powerfully to us today as he did to the keenest minds of the eighteenth century.
This book attempts to define the issues that face us in trying to understand the often-overwhelming complexity of the human experience. It is intellectually challenging, broad in its scope, richly detailed, and densely argued. It is the first in a projected series of five volumes in which the author will seek to touch on every aspect of human historical reality and all the multitudinous variables that have shaped it.