The Age Of Reason

The Age Of Reason

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by Thomas Paine
     
 

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"Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst," declared Thomas Paine, adding, "every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity." Paine's years of study and reflection on the role of religion in society culminated with his final work, The…  See more details below

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"Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst," declared Thomas Paine, adding, "every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity." Paine's years of study and reflection on the role of religion in society culminated with his final work, The Age of Reason. This coolly reasoned polemic influenced religious thinking throughout the world at the dawn of the nineteenth century, and its resonance remains undiminished by time. The selfsame humanist and egalitarian views that made Paine a popular figure of the American Revolution brought him into frequent conflict with political authorities. Parts of The Age of Reason were written in a French jail, where Paine was confined for his opposition to the execution of Louis XVI. An attack on revealed religion from the deist point of view -- embodied by Paine's credo, "I believe in one God, and no more" -- this work undertakes a hitherto unheard-of approach to Bible study. Its critical and objective examination of Old and New Testaments cites numerous contradictions as evidence against literal interpretations of the text. Well articulated and eminently readable, The Age of Reason is a classic of free thought.

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ISBN-13:
9781585092130
Publisher:
Book Tree, The
Publication date:
01/02/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, England, in 1737, the son of a staymaker. He had little schooling and worked at a number of jobs, including tax collector, a position he lost for agitating for an increase in excisemen’s pay. Persuaded by Benjamin Franklin, he emigrated to America in 1774. In 1776 he began his American Crisis series of thirteen pamphlets, and also published the incalculably influential Common Sense, which established Paine not only as a truly revolutionary thinker, but as the American Revolution’s fiercest political theorist. In 1787 Paine returned to Europe, where he became involved in revolutionary politics. In England his books were burned by the public hangman. Escaping to France, Paine took part in drafting the French constitution and voted against the king’s execution. He was imprisoned for a year and narrowly missed execution himself. In 1802 he returned to America and lived in New York State, poor, ill and largely despised for his extremism and so-called atheism (he was in fact a deist). Thomas Paine died in 1809. His body was exhumed by William Cobbett, and the remains were taken to England for a memorial burial. Unfortunately, the remains were subsequently lost.

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The Age Of Reason (Large Print Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Paine did a terrific job on letting people know the truth about God. Christianity and organized religions are nothing but concoctions and systems that draw from cults and pagan religions that went on at the time. Paine offers irrefutable arguments against the veracity of the Bible on ethical, chronological, and historical premises. This is the ultimate test any Christian should take to challenge their faith: read this book. It's not just about dismantling obsolete and flawed theology--it's about becoming more ethical and evolved. I wholeheartedly recommend and endorse this book.
divideByZero More than 1 year ago
If your pious, read it. Don't worry nothing can shake the need to believe. If your not pious, its a treat to read! Such a great book for the time period. Regardless of your belief system, I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the whole book yet but it has brought up very good arguments so far. I also have researched Thomas Paine and the reason i wanted to read this is because he spent the remainder of his life (falloween the publishing) in poverty becuase of the arguments in this book. No one would excepted them so he was outcast. This book is definetly revolutional.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The harmful effects organized religion has had on the world may be obvious to us in hindsight, but Paine was able to point them out at a time when the churches still had absoulute power over the world, and for this the world owes him an enormous debt of gratitude.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this outstanding book, Thomas Paine lets the reader know that you do not have to limit yourself to either Christianity and the other various 'revealed' religions or to atheism. You become aware that a great alternative to both is the natural religion/spiritual philosophy of Deism! Paine exposes the Bible for what it is - the ranting and ravings of superstitious fanatics. He shows how the Bible portrays God as a jealous, violent idiot! It's very shocking at first. Then you realize what you've been fed all these years! Reading THE AGE OF REASON is very spiritually liberating. It's not for the religious, but it is for the spiritual! I'm proud to say that I'm a Deist and belong to the World Union of Deists, thanks to Mr. Paine's great book! Robert L. Johnson
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