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Age of Reason

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The Age of Reason represents the results of years of study and reflection by Thomas Paine on the place of religion in society.

Paine wrote: "Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst; every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity."

The cool rationale of Paine's The Age of Reason influenced religious thinking throughout the world; and its pervasive influence continues to the present day.

About the Author

Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, England, in 1737, the son of a staymaker. He had little schooling and worked at a number of jobs, including tax collector, a position he lost for agitating for an increase in excisemen’s pay. Persuaded by Benjamin Franklin, he emigrated to America in 1774. In 1776 he began his American Crisis series of thirteen pamphlets, and also published the incalculably influential Common Sense, which established Paine not only as a truly revolutionary thinker, but as the American Revolution’s fiercest political theorist. In 1787 Paine returned to Europe, where he became involved in revolutionary politics. In England his books were burned by the public hangman. Escaping to France, Paine took part in drafting the French constitution and voted against the king’s execution. He was imprisoned for a year and narrowly missed execution himself. In 1802 he returned to America and lived in New York State, poor, ill and largely despised for his extremism and so-called atheism (he was in fact a deist). Thomas Paine died in 1809. His body was exhumed by William Cobbett, and the remains were taken to England for a memorial burial. Unfortunately, the remains were subsequently lost.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806505497
Designed:
Foner, Philip Sheldon
Designed:
Foner, Philip Sheldon
Designed by:
Foner, Philip Sheldon
Designed:
Foner, Philip Sheldon
Author:
Paine, Thomas
Publisher:
Citadel Press
Location:
Secaucus, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History, theory and practice
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Agnosticism
Subject:
Rationalism
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
131
Publication Date:
20001231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.59x5.54x.47 in. .57 lbs.

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Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » 18th Century
History and Social Science » US History » Paine, Thomas
History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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