The Age of Reason


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A major actor in the American Revolution, the English intellectual Thomas Paine (1737-1809) is best remembered for his pamphlet Common Sense (1776), which advocated American independence from Britain. Although accorded honorary French citizenship in 1792 for his republican Rights of Man, Paine was later imprisoned and narrowly escaped guillotine.

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May 29, 2014

Fundamentalists of all Faiths Will be Unhappy

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

Intellectual Freedom

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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