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The Age of Reason

The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology is an influential work written by English and American political activist Thomas Paine. It follows in the tradition of eighteenth-century British deism, and challenges institutionalized religion and the legitimacy of the Bible (the central Christian text). Originally distributed as unbound pamphlets, it was published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807. It was a best-seller in the United States, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival. British audiences, however, fearing increased political radicalism as a result of the French Revolution, received it with more hostility. The Age of Reason presents common deistic arguments; for example, it highlights what Paine saw as corruption of the Christian Church and criticizes its efforts to acquire political power. Paine advocates reason in the place of revelation, leading him to reject miracles and to view the Bible as "an ordinary piece of literature rather than as a divinely inspired text". It promotes natural religion and argues for the existence of a creator-God.
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The Age of Reason
By Thomas Paine. The text of this work is in the "Public Domain" in Australia. Table of Contents. Introduction. Part First. Preface to Part II. Part Second. Conclusion.
The Age of Reason
By Thomas Paine, 1737-1809. Publisher: London : Freethought. Topics: Rationalism. Digitizing Sponsor: MSN. Book Contributor: University of California Libraries.
The Writings of Thomas Paine: The Age of Reason
Project Gutenberg's The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume IV., by Thomas Paine. Read this book online: HTML. Download This eBook. EPUB. Kindle. Plain Text.
The Complete Religious and Theological Works of Thomas Paine
By Thomas Paine, 1737-1809. Publisher: New York, P. Eckler. Digitizing Sponsor: MSN. Book Contributor: New York Public Library.

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The Age of Reason
LibriVox recording of The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine. Read by: lukkystarr. Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text.
The Age of Reason
LibriVox recording of The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine. Read by JoeD. Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text.