The Age of Reason, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Philosophy of religion
  • ISBN: 9780486433936

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This book is a revelation (irony intended). Having read about Paine, his participation in the birth of the United States, and his incarceration at the hands of the French Revolutionaries, I had a fair idea of his theses and the strength of his Deistic convictions. Having known that, the clarity and frankness of this book still startled and excited me. Language in 1793, though often obtuse, can also cut, as demonstrated here, in ways that current writers would not presume to do. There's a wry bluntness about this work that still shocks today. It's eminently readable in its original form, brief, and pointed. Paine surely vaults himself to the top of my (humbly proposed) list of eminent freethinkers by virtue of his prose, the historical time and personal situation in which he composed this, and the fortitude of his remonstrations. This is a clarion call for reason, and a devastating treatise in opposition to bibilical inerrancy as a moral foundation.

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Thomas Paine was a most thoughtful and insightful man. He points out the fallacies in religion to make a good argument for freethought. These issues have been argued for many years and continue to be argued today. I find that "The Age of Reason" is a good foundation for most theological coversations. This book is also well written and an easy read.

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Paine's The Age of Reason is one of the best classical works I've read so far. It it comprehensive, persuasive, and easily accessible for the common man. The only downside to this book is the second part - it is a dry list of scriptural criticism. It is interesting to read, but the real fireworks can all be found in the first part.

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