The Age Of Reason

The Age Of Reason

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The Age Of Reason by Thomas Paine

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585092130
Publisher: Book Tree, The
Publication date: 01/24/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 568,840
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

1737-1809. Born in Norfolk, England, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies where, as a revolutionary leader, political activist and journalist he supported the American colonist's fight for independence. His widely read pamphlet, 'Common Sense', was a powerful weapon in this fight. "Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, wrote John Adams, "the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain." As a social and political reformist, Paine supported the revolution in France, (where he was arrested and imprisoned in 1793), addressed property ownership and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income. In 'The Age of Reason', it was his stance against institutionalized religion in general, and Christian doctrine in particular, that made him unpopular in later life.

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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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