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Thomas Paine--The Age of Reason

Thomas Paine--The Age of Reason

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The Age of reason--Free Thought and religion
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Thomas Paine's
The Age of Reason
Below is Thomas Paine's outstanding book on God, Deism, Nature,Christianity, the Bible, Judaism, etc.,
The Age of Reason
. It is essentialreading for anyone who wants to understand Deism. With thisimportant book, Thomas Paine took Deism out of the intellectualparlors and brought it directly to the people!
Thomas Paine
(by Matthew Pratt)
 
Thomas Paine
(by Matthew Pratt)
THE AGE OF REASON
by Thomas Paine
TO MY FELLOW-CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:I PUT the following work under your protection. It contains myopinions upon Religion. You will do me the justice to remember, that Ihave always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his ownopinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He whodenies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to hispresent opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changingit.The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason.I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.Your affectionate friend and fellow-citizen,THOMAS PAINE
 
Luxembourg, 8th Pluvoise,Second Year of the French Republic, one and indivisible.January 27, O. S. 1794.
PART FIRST
 
IT has been my intention, for several years past, to publish mythoughts upon religion. I am well aware of the difficulties thatattend the subject, and from that consideration, had reserved it toa more advanced period of life. I intended it to be the lastoffering I should make to my fellow-citizens of all nations, andthat at a time when the purity of the motive that induced me to it,could not admit of a question, even by those who might disapprovethe work.The circumstance that has now taken place in France of the totalabolition of the whole national order of priesthood, and of everythingappertaining to compulsive systems of religion, and compulsivearticles of faith, has not only precipitated my intention, butrendered a work of this kind exceedingly necessary, lest in thegeneral wreck of superstition, of false systems of government, andfalse theology, we lose sight of morality, of humanity, and of thetheology that is true.As several of my colleagues and others of my fellow-citizens of France have given me the example of making their voluntary andindividual profession of faith, I also will make mine; and I do thiswith all that sincerity and frankness with which the mind of mancommunicates with itself.I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happinessbeyond this life.I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religiousduties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to makeour fellow-creatures happy.But, lest it should be supposed that I believe in many otherthings in addition to these, I shall, in the progress of this work,declare the things I do not believe, and my reasons for notbelieving them.I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by

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