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The Age of Reason

Thomas Paine

1. 00 – Part First, Introduction
2. 02 – Part First, Section 2
3. 04 – Part First, Section 4
4. 05 – Part First, Section 5
5. 06 – Part First, Section 6
6. 07 – Part First, Section 7
7. 08 – Part First, Section 8
8. 10 – Part First, Section 10
9. 11 – Part First, Section 11
10. 12 – Part First, Section 12
11. 13 – Part First, Section 13
12. 14 – Part First, Section 14
13. 15 – Part First, Section 15
14. 17 – Part Second, Sections 1 & 2
15. 18 – Part Second, Section 3
16. 19 – Part Second, Section 4
17. 20 – Part Second, Section 5
18. 21 – Part Second, Section 6
19. 22 – Part Second, Section 7
20. 23 – Part Second, Section 8
21. 24 – Part Second, Section 9
22. 25 – Part Second, Section 10
23. 26 – Part Second, Section 11
24. 27 – Part Second, Section 12
25. 28 – Part Second, Section 13
26. 29 – Part Second, Section 14
27. 30 – Part Second, Section 15
28. 31 – Part Second, Section 16
29. 32 – Part Second, Section 17
30. 33 – Part Second, Section 18
31. 35 – Part Second, Section 20
32. 36 – Part Second, Section 21

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Summary

A Universalist book, The Age of Reason advocates for the existence of natural religion and challenges the structure of all organized religion. First written and distributed as pamphlets, the book was later published into two parts. Paine puts forward his personal beliefs, debating reason and revelation, while analyzing the Bible and the influence organized religion has on society. Exploring topics including natural religion, criticism of corrupt religious institutions, and distinction between rationality and blind faith in the supernatural, the book presents a guide for the conscious and free spiritual thinkers. Following the style and influence of the Enlightenment ideals of logic and reason, the first part of the book focuses on the Paine’s personal creeds about God and the established religion which he believes is manipulated by organized religious institutions. He further goes on to exemplify his critical view of established religion by illustrating the inconsistencies in the Christian Bible, while examining both miracle and prophecy. He questions the legitimacy of the Bible as an accurate account of Christian beliefs and classifies it to be a word of man and not of God. Paine uses the book to outline his analytical objections to theism and as a means to support his belief in deism. Distinctive for its clear and straightforward linguistic style, Paine’s political language was aimed to bring politics to a mass audience, not just the educated population. Incorporating rhetorical questions and repetition throughout the piece, Paine encourages the audience to independently complete the views and arguments he presents rather than impose his creeds upon them. The Age of Reason supports the idea that in order to discover the true grandeur of God, one should worship individually and without dictation from society. A compelling, meticulous and notable critique, Paine’s work is marked as a theological eye-opener and an insight into deism, whilst also regarded as a pervasive influence even in present secular society.

Reviews

Fran

- Great

Dont listen to the likes of Daniel. Short sighted people poisoned by religion. This book is a jewel and must be read by all.

Chris Isom

- Good points, but disagree

I have a lot of respect for what Thomas Paine did for the Revolution, but I'm not swayed. Sure the Bible does not follow the citations and grammar rules of today's standards and translations probably have twisted some meanings. No, the Bible does not contain Christ's writings. Yes, the church has been corrupted. Despite all of this, I still believe its an ancient jewel. It contains the geneology of Christ all the way back to Adam. It is a record of the miraculous and indisputable escape of Israel from Egypt. It foretells the indisputable scattering and gathering of Israel. It contains the records of Mathew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul and others who said they saw the resurrected Christ and many of whom died from declaring that testimony. Sure you can find fault with the Bible, but if you took its teachings from me, you'd be left with a person that is a lot less forgiving, more bitter, meaner, and less useful to mankind.

Euan

- Intelligent and a joy to listen to.

This book is well worth a listen. Paine gives a very smart overview of religion and particularly "the" Bible. A painting found to be a forgery becomes near worthless, what about a religion? Paine takes time to give evidence of the authorship of the bible. Paine also draws the reader's/listener's attention to the happenstances in various books in the bible and their moral implications and meaning. I'm trying not to ruin any surprises, this is fantastic.

Trevor

- The Age of Reason

The logic here presented is rather unreasonable. This is a historical goldmine, especially concerning the American Revolution and its anti-Christian undertones. Unfortunately, Thomas Paine's ideas have been thoroughly proven to be fallacious. I must agree with the reviewer Daniel on this one: those who kick against the pricks will be reproved in the end, whether they think so now or not.

Sherry

- Excellent

Americans need to read this book! It is what America is all about OR should be all about, EVEN TODAY.

Daniel

There have always been great reasoners in the past—Aristotle, Confucius, Plato, etc.—but honestly, none of them will ever be as smart as God. To pretend that any kind of human mental effort can get one closer to God than his own revealed word is pure folly.

john baughman

- Reason

Hard to believe this book was written over 200 years ago and we still live in an era of ancient superstitions and foolishness.

T. St. Amant

Paine is sane and thorough in his analysis of the Bible.

GG

A true masterpiece.

Stephen

- Excellent

Excellent Book