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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,690 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Paine Narrator: Robin Field Publisher: Mission Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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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. This passionate and engaging recording of Paine's classic is as certain to provoke modern listeners to thought as it did his original audience.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcel | 2/5/2014

    " This book perfectly reflects my religious beliefs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/3/2014

    " Paine's wonderfully scathing criticism of Christianity would make Dawkins blush. Part 1 is incredibly beautifully written, and a must read for any freethinker. Part 2 is, though he denies it, mostly a response to the angry theists who complained about part 1. It isn't really necessary for those uninterested in an itemization of the various absurdities in the Bible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/1/2014

    " Paine utilizes what he considers pure reason to tear apart the Bible, and therefore Christianity, while arguing for the precepts of Deism. I found it interesting that through the past two hundred years, biblical scholars have similarly struggled with the Bible's inconsistencies and unknown authorship, however, they have not thrown out the baby with the bath-water, as Paine does. His arguments for Deism are strong and appealing, although I'm not convinced that the witnessing of the world/universe can only lead to belief in a creator-God. Maybe his application of reason has some failings, yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billie | 1/31/2014

    " Perhaps a timely read or re-read for the new millennium. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Murray J Brown | 1/30/2014

    " Paine does a quite convincing job in debunking the Bible (as he calls only the Old Testament) and New Testament as any revelation or word of god, let alone a contemporaneous historical account of the times, by underscoring inconsistencies within the texts themselves to contest their authenticity of authorship, and thereby their reliability. He attributes many of the biblical stories to being merely old fables recast to suit the purposes of the authors. However, his treatment of this matter is overly simplistic and fails to appreciate (albeit understandably) the important role of these underlying mythologies in the evolution of our culture and, especially, psychology; although, to be fair, that's admittedly beyond the scope of what he set out to achieve, which has more to do with authenticity than utility. Finally, it is ironic that Paine strongly affirms his Deist faith in a Creator and a life hereafter, yet on the slimmest of premises: he cannot otherwise rationally explain how the universe may have come to be. One wonders whether he would still profess this faith were he alive today, given advances in scientific understanding in the more than two centuries since he wrote his treatise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iantha Casen | 1/23/2014

    " I like this book and appreciate Mr. Paine's insights into the questions of how God works and how religion says God works. I will explore more from this author who lived in in the 1700's. So many books; so little time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roland | 1/17/2014

    " One damn cocky attack on The Bible. It was entertaining, and I agreed with much of what he says, but the idea that people cannot explain the inaccuracies of The Bible misses the point. If studying the Mormon faith has taught me anything, it's that people need no reason whatsoever to believe what they do. All the facts in the world will not change a stubborn mind, especially since it seems that we're pre-wired for some kind of religious leaning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom | 12/30/2013

    " A call for the people of the late 18th century to pure deism and a refutation of revealed religions. Paine goes to great lengths to disprove the authenticity of the Bible and the monstrosity of the prophets and the gospel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/19/2013

    " I really like this so far. Paine describes himself as basically a deist, not a theist. In the first part (which I'm currently reading), he picks apart mostly the Old and New Testaments of the Bible brilliantly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pau1ie | 12/5/2013

    " A brilliant book. Dissection at it's best. This should be given away for free! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 11/20/2013

    " Read it if you dare.....if your religious beliefs are easily offended avoid this book like the plague! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/18/2013

    " So far, it sums up all the notions I've had independently on the topic of organized religion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/11/2013

    " A passionate defense of Deism that I found more persuasive than his European contemporaries (Voltaire, Rousseau, etc.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl Hunt | 10/16/2013

    " Anybody who believes in democracy should read this. Payne the great agitator was instrumental in the US declaring independence from Britain. his writings are still valuable today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Mendez | 12/13/2012

    " Has become my new bible. Brilliant in its arguments against organized religion. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 11/28/2012

    " The first book in this is brilliant, concise, well thought out, and (as it does matter) agreeable. The second part was repeatative and a bit slow at parts, but overall I would recommend this book to people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Hansen | 11/18/2012

    " The opening salvo in my gradual awareness of the illogicality of organized religion. Life changing in the extreme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Collver | 7/25/2012

    " Great book, but ... well... life everywhere in outer space??? But then, how could he know??? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Bourrillion | 6/30/2012

    " Finished part one and loved every word of it, but part two is not even worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Cortvriendt | 5/9/2012

    " A refreshing veiw of a remarkable period of history. Years and years of religious oppression has given birth to an awakening of thought outside of dogma. Thomas Paine was a true revolutionary and an inspired leader in exposing the tyrrany of religious slavery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 3/27/2012

    " There is no good reason why this should not be included in any school curriculum. Everyone should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blane Mccurdy | 12/15/2011

    " Amazing that a piece this old can be so up to the minute. Very thought provoking indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/23/2011

    " Thomas Paine is the only theologian that matters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhett Talley | 12/18/2010

    " This is to atheism as On The Origin of Species is to evolution. A complete deconstruction of the old and new testaments. Read and believe no more. Irresistibly written for the common man of the time. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (1737–1809) was a pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical, liberal, intellectual, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Great Britain, he emigrated to America at the suggestion of Benjamin Franklin just in time to promote the American Revolution with his powerful, widely read pamphlet, Common Sense. Later, he was a great influence on the French Revolution. He wrote Rights of Man as a guide to the ideas of the Enlightenment. Despite an inability to speak French, he was elected to the French National Assembly in 1792. Regarded as an ally of the Girondists, he was seen with increasing disfavor by the Montagnards and in particular by Robespierre. He was arrested in Paris and imprisoned in December 1793; he was released in 1794. He became notorious with his book, The Age of Reason, which advocated deism and took issue with Christian doctrines. While in France, he also wrote a pamphlet titled Agrarian Justice, which discussed the origins of property and introduced a concept that is similar to a guaranteed minimum income. He remained in France until 1802, when he returned to America on an invitation from Thomas Jefferson, who had been elected president.

About the Narrator

Robin Field is the AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of numerous audiobooks, as well as an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and lyricist whose career has spanned six decades. He has starred on and off Broadway, headlined at Carnegie Hall, authored numerous musical reviews, and hosted or performed on a number of television and radio programs over the years.