The Age Of Reason
Paine wrote: "Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst; every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity."
pious men, like their predecessors, contend and wrangle, and
understand the Bible; each understands it differently, but each
understands it best; and they have agreed in nothing but in telling
their readers that Thomas Paine understands it not."
That, an opening salvo in part II of Paine's "The Age of Reason," makes me laugh out loud. Surprisingly and to my delight...more
Don’t be mistaken, this would be shocking if it were written today. But no, incredibly, this was the eighteenth century, before modern scholarship, in the depths of scientific anthropocentrism and Biblical literalism. “If only,” 200 years later, with what we now know— but here’s America, trying to write Thomas Paine out of history books and cover up the trace.
I was surprised to learn that Paine was not an atheist nor an agnostic but was a deist with a strong belief in God as Creator and the Creation as the "Bible."
It is easy to see why he was so revered by the late, great anti-theist Christopher Hitchens and is still admired by authors such as Dawkins and Harris....more
This book was Paine's commentary on religion and his defense of deism, as opposed the Christianity. It will help every American who reads it to understand the nature of thinking that motiva...more
The first part is also the part where he shares a lot of his thoughts about religions, universe and his most fundamental believe...more
He was witty and (for the most part) rational, hence the title of the book. He said things that I've said to myself time and time again, and the latter half of the book is dedicated to going through the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and basically debunking them. I would have liked him to go into a bit more detail or touch base with a few more aspects of the Bible (such as the ten commandments), but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this.
The only thing that anyo...more
Para ellos e incluso para los segundos que intentan ver interpretaciones absurdas, Paine elabora lo que yo denominaría un manual introductorio al cuestionamiento religioso. Teniendo en cuenta que las escrituras forman los cimientos de una religión y que de ellas derivan los principios que sus seguidore...more
Although Mr. Paine would refer to me a fool (as an atheist), I really enjoyed this book. The fact that someone was bold enough to write this book in 1794 says rather a lot about his character, but the fact that some one as well known as Mr. Paine would write it is nothing short of amazing. I can only imagine the recourse that he recieved as a result of pointing out the absurdities of the bible, and of organized religion itself.
This book is certainly not for everyone, es...more
Using nothing more than the bible's own chronology and history it points out how these books must have been written hundreds of years after it has been suggested. In doing so he...more
“The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race, have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion.”—page 127
Despite a modicum of tedium to the prose, especially in the first half, (exacerbated by the uncountable—some unreadable—typos, and the poor collation of my free B & N edition) ‘The Age Of Reason’, by Thomas Paine is a worthy read. Along with an appreciat...more
The arguments that Paine mounts against Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are that:
- Revelation can only be experienced individually, and therefor indicating that the Bible is the w...more
Paine called himself a Deist, by which he meant that he believed in one God, the Creator of the universe, and in no other, including Son and Holy Ghost.
Paine believed that, in order to know God, a person needed to study creation. Creation was the only true word of God, the Bible and all other sacred texts being the work of men, and not at all the...more
"Concerning the Bishop's "Apology" it may be remarked that those who circulated it so industriously could have hardly been aware, generally, of its heretical contents. It concedes that Paine had discovered...more
5 stars for impact.
In this case, Thomas Paine maintains that men are free to believe what they choose, but at the same moment undertakes to castigate the religions of the world as nothing more than smoke and mirrors, therefore rendering their adhe...more