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The Age Of Reason by Thomas Paine
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Paine here attacks the "inerrancy" of the Bible and makes his case for deism, asserting that the only "word of God" that is open to everyone, without translation or interpretation, is Creation itself. Revelation, he says, is meaningful to the person who experiences it, but is meaningless at second or third-hand. Much of Paine's Biblical criticism is commonly taught in today's liberal seminaries, but it was courageous and perceptive for its time. His other intent, outside of his criticism of organized religion, is to argue against the atheism he saw rising after the revolution in France. This text is a radical piece of history that would no doubt be outlawed in the fair state of Arizona, where I presently reside.

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