"The Age of Reason: Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology," a deistic treatise written by 18th-century British radical and American revolutionary Paine, critiques institutionalized religion and challenges the inerrancy of the Bible."The Age of Reason: Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology," a deistic treatise written by 18th-century British radical and American revolutionary Paine, critiques institutionalized religion and challenges the inerrancy of the Bible.Read Less
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In this book, his religious manifesto, Paine laid out his beliefs in a God of an infinite universe who does not dabble in the affairs of mankind and does not reward or punish but rather one who has given us an entire universe from which to draw our lessons using the intellect and reason we were given. He shows how the Judeo-Christian-Islamic god-concept only makes sense in terms of the flat-earth at the center of a small universe. He points out that revelation can be only directly between god and man, thus the infinite universe as the only real revelation and anything written in a book hundreds or thousands of years later and carefully edited and expurgated by a group of men cannot, by definition, be "The Word of God" but is vague hearsay at best and political manipulation at worst.
A very advanced thinker for the 1700s,
he concluded that it would be unreasonable for the creator of an infinite universe to not have created intelligent life elsewhere in that universe, that prayer being an attempt to sway the infinite mind is useless, being a placebo for those that cannot accept the laws of nature and random chance.
He goes through the Bible book by book showing the inconsistencies and absurdities therein, and points out that a god who delights in and aids one group of people in slaughtering another cannot be a god worth admiring.
Dec 24, 2008
This is my second fav. book. My first is Walden, by H.D. Thoreau.
This is an important empowering book. Paine tells you that his mind is his own church, as every man has the power to think for himself and does not need to be led by myths and corrupt priests who cannibalize the true astrotheological ancient traditions.
Read this book, period. It is a miracle.
Oct 4, 2007
Last of the logical thinkers
Thomas Paine is a true representation of what the human personage is supposed to be. This book would be considered heresy by Religious fanatics and/or bible thumpers. His analysis by logic simply places religion is the realm that it should be...a man made construct. Yet, he is a very spiritual man and recognizes the creator and the need for man to work together and assist each other in the time we have on earth. Very astute passages for quotations are in here. Excellent book.
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