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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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...that the Old and New Testaments are largely fiction. As I have come to learn over the years, man-made religion is corrupt to the core. Mr. Paine's writings in Volume 4 of The Age of Reason gives a compelling argument that we should seek God's word and our own revelations in the nature that God created. There are some lessons to be learned from these books, of course, and Jesus of Nazareth has to be the most wise and enlightened man who ever lived. As to his Divinity, this seems to have been invented by the Church. Hard for me to accept as a person raised in the Christian faith, but this has not changed my reverence for Jesus Christ. It has helped me see him through his own words (if indeed the words in the New Testament are actually his).
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outdated but still useful!! January 18, 2012
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A courageous effort by mister Paine to write such a controversial book in his day and age, he does so with a level headed, thought provoking approach that presents his arguments with passion and care for the reader. Unfortunately, the information is so outdated or inaccurate that we must ignore a good portion of the book (he had no bible to use while writting) it nonetheless provides a great insight into the cruelties of the Judeo-Christian god and the absurdities in casting belief in false, unproven, irrational God.
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The strongest attack ever launched on the 'divine' nature of the Bible, by one of the geniuses of the American Revolution. If you can read Paine's logical critique of the scriptures and retain your unquestioned faith, then you are either willfully ignorant, or a saint, or both. I dare you. Read this book. It should be required reading in every school on Earth, at least in the Western world anyway. If you haven't read it, then you don't really know what you believe.
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An amazing read. It generated a serious discussion in my book club. The first section is a quick read but the final part is a bit of a slog.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Paine was a great thinker, but also rather long-winded
Thomas Paine was a great thinker, but also rather long-winded. His concept is fascinating, but his writing is not easily readable.
Published 3 months ago by Jason C Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Humans
This should be a standard text available to all students in all schools and higher learning institutions.

Relevant to all people, of all nations, of every generation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Age of Reason
Enjoyed reading Thomas Paine's views on organized religion. I recommend this book to those who are open to different ideas that existed at the time of the American Revolution.
Published 5 months ago by Avery H Henline
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Another FREE volume in the Thomas Paine Kindle series.

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