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  • The Age of Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Paine
    • Narrated By Robin Field
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    Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, published in three parts from 1794, was a best seller in America, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival. Promoting a creator-God while advocating reason in the place of revelation, Paine’s controversial pamphlet caused his native British audience, fearing the results of the French Revolution, to receive it with more hostility than their American counterparts.

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    Worth reading for its historical signifigance but must be read in the light of its age. For example, Paine makes an inspired argument for Deism as the only "true" religion. It would be interesting to see how the author's views might change after the revelations of Darwin in another 70 years. One can presume that Paine's belief in a creative god would be reasoned away just as he has done with the the bible, the testiment and all revealed religion.

    Of interest are the notes at the end of Part 1 which describe the author's precarious situation. He completed his manuscript just hours before the knock on his door that lead to his arrest and expulsion from the French National Convention. This was a time when ideas had real consequences.



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