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Writings of Thomas Paine - Volume 4 (1794-1796): the Age of Reason [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Paine , Moncure Daniel Conway
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deism June 4, 2012
By James
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Thomas Payne was one of our country's founding fathers. He also wrote The Age of Reason. All my adult life I have had many serious questions about the Christian religion. None of the so-called religeous scholars could answer them to my satisfaction. One day while perusing in the library I came across his book. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. All the answers I had were there; and a whole lot more. Payne is the father of Deism. He tears the bible to shreds along with the Koran. His motto was, "God gave us reason not religion." There is one god and one god only. He created the universe and it is good. He left man alone to do good works and help those who need it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paine Hits the Bull's Eye January 30, 2013
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Logic prevails in Paine's "The Age of Reason," a largely forgotten and probably little read book today. Although on occasion his reasoning is somewhat difficult to follow for the non-thinking or biased Christian, it generally reads surprisingly clear and direct. Writing in the late Eighteenth Century, he attacks many of the myths and traditions still held by the Church today. The reasoning expressed by Paine resonates with my own, developed through reading and reflection. His rationale give credence to the saying, "The Church is not the answer; it's the problem."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hank's review November 1, 2013
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Excellent book, written by a man who showed great insight inPeople's feelings and thinking. I admire the way he analysed the bible and compared the various gospels and demonstrated that it is all man made. It shows the importance for rational thinking and proper analyses rather than the usual brain washing that happens in most societies. Recommended for all free thinkers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Age of Reason February 5, 2013
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It takes courage in any age to stand up for your beliefs and remain defiant in the face of criticism. By the 1790s, Thomas Paine had already published controversy when his Common Sense became a standard for the arguments in favor of the American Revolution. One might think he had a captured audience waiting his next works. But when he opted to take on the Christian church, his following fell away. But no matter to Paine who followed up his first part with subsequent parts published two years later. Paine set out to prove the fallacy of scripture and to show how Deism was the only true religion that fully acknowledged God's power and majesty. He systematically attacks each part of the Bible (meaning the Old Testament) by discounting the writings of Moses, the murderous demands of God, the discrediting of the history, the lies of the prophets, and so on down the line. He believes he did an admirable job in making his case, though he did leave plenty of room for both sides to either challenge his conclusions or add to his thesis. He then goes onto what he refers to the Testament (meaning the New Testament, which he did not equate with being part of the Bible). Paine goes onto show how the Gospels are full of myth, error, and lies, then challenges the writings of Paul. In the end he is convinced he did an complete whitewash of the Bible and posits that the only way to know God is to observe the wonders of creation. The theology presented in scripture is for those who allow the church to continue its teachings.

Paine's reputation, even in America, was ruined by his assertions about religion and scripture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mainly soaring heights but also a few low depths January 10, 2014
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"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon, than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my own part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel."


* One of the greatest deconstructions of theistic religion that I've seen

* When discussing religion, uses very sound reasoning, as the book title suggests

* Very detailed critique of the Bible without ever using extra Biblical evidence

* Shows countless inconsistencies and contradictions that renders the belief that the Bible is perfect untenable

* It is actually quite humorous at times

* Very good insight into the beliefs of one of the most important people in American history

* Lots of historical information and value


* When discussing his own supernatural beliefs, his skeptical eye that he uses towards other people's religion ceases to exist

* There is a slight bit of hypocrisy here

* Unfortunately not even the great Thomas Paine is able to completely renounce all superstition

"People in general know not what wickedness there is in this pretended word of God. Brought up in habits of superstition, they take it for granted that the Bible is true, and that it is good; they permit themselves not to doubt of it."

This classic work by one of America's 'Founding Fathers' and the man whose pamphlet 'Common Sense' inspired the Declaration of Independence gave me very mixed feelings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
REALLY dumb questions to ask about a book of 18th century political philosophy
Published 10 days ago by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars but his work is like looking through a window pane into his sensible...
Paine may have been thought to be a pain in the ass, but his work is like looking through a window pane into his sensible reality, which he has pain-ted so beautifully.
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It makes me think. Use my reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece in reasoning
Shown me what our mind is capable to reason and provided insight to what this world is, what is our purpose and where we are going. One of the greatest book I've ever read.
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Published 2 months ago by Renzi Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a good read for all the holier then thou kind of ...
I think it very thought provoking and shines a different light on a book that has been rewritten my time to suit the writers agenda. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pj
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A good read!
Published 3 months ago by SP
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read.
After 200 years this book is still relevant. An excellent read.
Published 3 months ago by Kenneth Brock
5.0 out of 5 stars Intro to Thomas Paine's writings on the Bible, organized religion, and...
It's easy to see why Paine was a controversial figure in his time. He thoroughly demolishes both the Old and the New Testament of the Bible, destroys whatever credibility it had... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Russ Heitz
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