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The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
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The Age of Reason

by Thomas Paine

30 ratings, 15 reviews

The Age of Reason: Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, a deistic treatise written by eighteenth-century British radical and American revolutionary Thomas Paine, critiques institutionalized religion and challenges the inerrancy of the Bible. Published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807, it was a bestseller in America, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival. British audiences, however, fearing increased political radicalism as a result of the French revolution, received it with more hostility. The Age of Reason presents common deistic arguments. For example, it highlights the corruption of the Christian Church and criticizes its efforts to acquire political power. Paine advocates reason in the place of revelation, leading him to reject miracles and to view the Bible as an ordinary piece of literature rather than as a divinely-inspired text. Yet, The Age of Reason is not atheistic: it promotes natural religion and argues for a creator-God.

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30 ratings, 15 reviews

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Bill Renfro

January 02, 2014

The truth will set you free. :-)


Patricia Carr

December 11, 2013

This should be mandatory reading for everyone. It opens your thoughts and preconceptions to many ways of seeing and understanding our lives, science, our world, religion and theology


Cyndi Carlton

November 18, 2013

Outstanding book on God, Deism, Nature, Christianity, the Bible, Judaism, etc., It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Deism. With this important book, Thomas Paine took Deism out of the intellectual parlors and brought it directly to the people!


Ben Jenkins

September 20, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Age of Reason. The first section hooked me, however the second part, despite proving his point, lost me a little. Would highly recommend !!!!!



July 02, 2013

No comment! I have lots of reading to do


Anh Nguyen

April 02, 2013

Average read. Physiologically commonplace. Some new interesting insights.


David Smith

March 04, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to narrate this. This is nit only a powerful critique of religion, but a beautiful case for deism.


Holly Huff

January 14, 2013

Great stuff. He is a very smart man.


Daniel Young

September 06, 2012

What an amazing work of philosophy and understanding. One of the greatest thinkers of the modern era centuries before his time. This book should be required reading in highschool.


Burhan Kilic

July 30, 2012



Rick Westgarth

March 08, 2012

So good it could even be live changing.


Letty Zeedyk

March 06, 2012

Very good book. I loved it, gonna listen to it again.


Jane Morales

September 04, 2011

It's good