Tom Paine wrote the "Age of reason" over 230 years ago and it stands the test of time. His assessment of the Bible and his systematic approach to applying reason and logic to decipher whether it is the Word of God or a book written by men is extraordinary. He was one of the few who actually *read* the Bible and then peeled it back for examination. Paine concludes the Bible is not the word of God, it was written by men, loaded with inconsistencies, errors and can not prove authenticity of authorship (e.g., Moses did not write the Torah or first 5 books of the Bible). Paine was a Deist and makes a great case for his belief system. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a thorough analysis of the Bible from beginning to end from a very smart man. BnB Beatles Depot
The Age of Reason is Mr. Paine's criticism of the Bible and his vindication of Deism.
Paine attempts to refute the Bible using only contradictions within the Bible as evidence of its falsehood. Some of the main points that Paine argues are:
- Moses did not author the Torah. He says that the Torah is only credible because Moses was credible, and if it is the case that Moses did not write it, we have no reason to regard five anonomously authored books. - That the Bible being, quote, divinely inspired, is impertinent. It is an historical account, and being such, it is either a true or it is not. Inspiration has little to do with documenting history. - The inconsistency of the Old Testament God with the New Testament God. How does one reconcile vengelful and wrathful with the all loving God? - The impertinance of the history of the Jewish people to the message of salvation. - Elisha's retaliation of she bears against the youths who call him bald head. - The irrelevance of the Books of the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament. - The fact that the gospels give different accounts, some mentioning things differently than the others. - The idea that revelation is only revelation to the person to whom it is revealed. To anyone else it is only hearsay. In this way, no one can truly be punished for disbelieving a person who has reportedly received revelation.
This was a very interesting book. I recommend it to those who do not believe in the Bible as a strong argument for their case. I also recommend it to those who do believe so that they can solidify their faith by embracing tough questions.
At 53, I'm finally willing to listen to this great book. Loved the first part, kinda skimmed the second part because it got little tedious in the details as he did a more than thorough job of exposing inconsistencies in the Bible. His message is very good for those of us challenging our inherited beliefs, yet think he could've toned down some of the inflammatory language and perhaps would've had more people at his funeral. As Mark Twain wrote-"I must studiously and faithfully unlearn a great many things I have somehow absorbed." This book is helpful if you, like me, have a lot to unlearn.
I was going to write my review tomorrow, but I couldn't wait. This is absolutely the best book I have ever read. Thomas Paine absolutely destroyed the Bible. I challenge any Christian alive today who hasn't read this book to read it, I challenge you. The hardcore Christians, the fundamentalists, and those who take the Bible as the literal word of God, I dare you. When you're through reading this, you'll never pick up the Bible again, I promise you. Paine starts his book of by saying he believes in one God and no more. Just one, not a three in one special you get with Christianity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). He brilliantly and eloquently lays out all the hypocrisies, inaccuracies, and contradictions in the Old and New Testament. Paine says the word of God cannot be written in some book because it is pure. Man can take his word and twist it around however it suits him. I told a few people that if this one true God does exist, man has severely distorted his word. With 1,500 Christian faiths in the U.S. alone and 38,000 worldwide, and so many different religions, how can we say ANY of them are the true word of God. Different religions with different "holy scriptures" all claiming to be the true word of God. As Thomas Paine says, how can they all be right? My point exactly! This man thought 214 years ago how I think today.
He says when someone gets a message directly from a higher power, it's a revelation. But when I turn around and tell you, it now becomes second hand information. And Paine doesn't do "second-hand" information, and neither do I. He lays out a brilliant example: when the apostle Thomas didn't believe Jesus had risen and people saw him, he said he had to see it for himself. He wasn't going to believe it simply because someone else told him.Read more ›
Common Sense by Thomas Paine was a hit 250 years ago, and still is today. It's logical to conclude that since this author's opinions in Common Sense were on the mark, and still are, his opinions with respect to religion might also be worthy of consideration and reading. How could he be so right on one level, and wrong on another. It is interesting that millions of Christians champion this patriot as gift from God, yet they are completely unaware of his greatest work, The Age of Reason. It is a fascinating paradox. Paine was one of the greatest soldiers in the cause of freedom, and one day he will stand as one of the bravest soldiers in the cause of overcoming one of the greatest tyrannies over the mind of man--religious ideology (Thomas Jefferson). All religious "believers" owe it to themselves to read Paine's Age of Reason. It is a refreshing work, and a liberating introduction to self realization. A true and influencial classic.