The Age of Reason

The Age of Reason

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by Thomas Paine
     
 

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In the opening year, 1793, when revolutionary France had beheaded its king, the wrath turned next upon the King of kings, by whose grace every tyrant claimed to reign. But eventualities had brought among them a great English and American heart -- Thomas Paine. He had pleaded for Louis Caper -- "Kill the king but spare the man." Now he pleaded, -- "Disbelieve in the

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In the opening year, 1793, when revolutionary France had beheaded its king, the wrath turned next upon the King of kings, by whose grace every tyrant claimed to reign. But eventualities had brought among them a great English and American heart -- Thomas Paine. He had pleaded for Louis Caper -- "Kill the king but spare the man." Now he pleaded, -- "Disbelieve in the King of kings, but do not confuse with that idol the Father of Mankind!"

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"If this has happened within such a short space of time, notwithstanding the aid of printing, which prevents the alteration of copies individually; what may not have happened in a much greater length of time, when there was no printing, and when any man who could write, could make a written copy, and call it an original, by Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.

Nothing appears to me more striking, as an illustration of the far-reaching effects of traditional prejudice, than the errors into which some of our ablest contemporary scholars have fallen by reason of their not having studied Paine. Professor Huxley, for instance, speaking of the freethinkers of the eighteenth century, admires the acuteness, common sense, wit, and the broad humanity of the best of them, but says "there is rarely much to be said for their work as an example of the adequate treatment of a grave and difficult investigation," and that they shared with their...

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ISBN-13:
2940014414975
Publisher:
Sheba Blake Publishing
Publication date:
05/11/2012
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, like all of Thomas Paine's work, is wonderful. However, the quality of this e book is just disappointing. It is full of gibberish, the gibberish being horribly translated words and sentences. A few words are easy to make out, but I found much of what I read very difficult to understand, since it was random letters and sometimes even numbers forming "words". Again, great book, bad translation. Still worth it since it is free!
JFJ99 More than 1 year ago
This piece of crap has every appearance of having been optically scanned with a bad text recognition program. It is so badly compiled that it cannot be read. Not compatible with Nook.
Donya Anthony More than 1 year ago
He speaks the truth. Love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anti-Christian is not the same as anti-God, as Thomas Paine clearly defines. The first is Institutional and supremely demanding, the other (Deism) is one's belief in a personal God based on reason, not tyranny. Although I rated this book five stars, I believe the author ignores perhaps the most important aspect of the Bible, its symbolism. One needs to read Isaiah, Book II to tune into the meaning of those symbols and to more honestly interpret the miracles suppossedly performed. But except for this, the book is a primer for any honest student of Christianity, or other religious belief, all of which are blueprints for values and norms the purpose of which is to make any community functional. Kosovo and the Serbian attempt at ethnic cleansing is but one of several current examples of what religion can do. History is rife with other extreme examples.
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APWHSOV More than 1 year ago
My chosen book is Age of Reason, written by Thomas Paine. The Age of Reason was written as a revolutionary movement by Thomas Paine and challenged longstanding religions and the validity of the Bible (the central text of Christianity). The time period and the historical events that this book references is known as the European Enlightenment (also called the Age of Reason). Enlightenment thinkers all over Europe examined outdated power players (such as the Papal Seat) and incorporated individualism, humanism, and scientific ways of examining the world. Paine’s credentials and biographical information were important in deciding the point of view at ca. 1700s. Paine openly condemned the Bible and addressed misunderstandings of the Bible. He has these views at this time ca. 1700s as the Catholic Church’s hypocritical behavior is truly farcical and does not help much that almost all of Europeans follow the Papal Seat. This book gave me a deeper insight into this era of world history as helped me understand the ideas of normal common folk challenging traditional authority. This book is from the time period; therefore it tells us the people during ca. 1700s were tired of the traditional social structures, the outdated political structure, the agricultural productivity that increased and so with back pains of the peasant class, cultural conflicts and border disputes, and the unequal socio-economic classes. Paine’s writing style and general pace of the book was affected as it mainly was a bunch of rants that were extended and involving a lot of details that are contrary to traditional ways of thinking about the Creator.
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divinetruth More than 1 year ago
The first time I ever heard of the book "The Age of Reason" was when I was doing research on the Georgia Guidestones. On it's explanatory tablet was the reference to Thomas Paines's book "The Age of Reason" and it's anti-Christian views, his hostility against religion. Mr. Paine wrote during the French revolution, a revolution to de-Christianize France and throw off the shackles of the Catholic Church. It's an attack on pagan, Babylonian Christianity of Revelation 17 passed off as truth. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to know how things were in France and what angered Napoleon and fired up the revolution.
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