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The Age of Reason (version 2)

Thomas Paine

The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology is a pamphlet, written by a British and American revolutionary Thomas Paine. The Age of Reason challenges institutionalized religion and challenges the legitimacy of the Bible, the central sacred text of Christianity. Published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807, it was a bestseller in the United States, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival.Part 1 was written sometime in 1793, and attacks the concepts of divine revelation and inspiration. He urged his readers to employ reason over revelation. Part 2 was written either during or shortly after his confinement in a French prison in 1794. In Part 2, Paine attacks the reliability of the Bible and points out numerous absurdities and contradictions. Part 3 was written in the United States sometime around 1800 but he delayed publication until 1807 for fears of violent backlash. Part 3 is an examination and rejection of the claims of prophecies concerning Jesus Christ. Although these arguments were commonly known amongst the educated elite, Paine wrote in simple and irreverent prose that was easily accessible to a mass audience. Paine argued against religion as it is revealed in the Bible, but he argued just as strongly for a Deistic religion and a Creator of Reason.This Librivox recording of The Age of Reason is taken from Richard Carlile’s anthology of Paine’s writings, published in 1818. Carlile charged one shilling and sixpence for the work, and the first run of 1,000 copies sold out in a month. He immediately published a second edition of 3,000 copies. In 1819, Carlile was found guilty of blasphemy and seditious libel and sentenced to three years in Dorchester Gaol with a fine of £1,500. The prosecutions surrounding the printing of The Age of Reason in Britain continued for thirty years after its initial release and encompassed numerous publishers as well as over a hundred booksellers. (Summary by JoeD and wikipedia)

The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology is a pamphlet, written by a British and American revolutionary Thomas Paine. The Age of Reason challenges institutionalized religion and challenges the legitimacy of the Bible, the central sacred text of Christianity. Published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807, it was a bestseller in the United States, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival.Part 1 was written sometime in 1793, and attacks the concepts of divine revelation and inspiration. He urged his readers to employ reason over revelation. Part 2 was written either during or shortly after his confinement in a French prison in 1794. In Part 2, Paine attacks the reliability of the Bible and points out numerous absurdities and contradictions. Part 3 was written in the United States sometime around 1800 but he delayed publication until 1807 for fears of violent backlash. Part 3 is an examination and rejection of the claims of prophecies concerning Jesus Christ. Although these arguments were commonly known amongst the educated elite, Paine wrote in simple and irreverent prose that was easily accessible to a mass audience. Paine argued against religion as it is revealed in the Bible, but he argued just as strongly for a Deistic religion and a Creator of Reason.This Librivox recording of The Age of Reason is taken from Richard Carlile’s anthology of Paine’s writings, published in 1818. Carlile charged one shilling and sixpence for the work, and the first run of 1,000 copies sold out in a month. He immediately published a second edition of 3,000 copies. In 1819, Carlile was found guilty of blasphemy and seditious libel and sentenced to three years in Dorchester Gaol with a fine of £1,500. The prosecutions surrounding the printing of The Age of Reason in Britain continued for thirty years after its initial release and encompassed numerous publishers as well as over a hundred booksellers. (Summary by JoeD and wikipedia)
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Philosophy

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The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology is a pamphlet, written by a British and American revolutionary Thomas Paine. The Age of Reason challenges institutionalized religion and challenges the legitimacy of the Bible, the central sacred text of Christianity. Published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807, it was a bestseller in the United States, where it caused a short-lived deistic revival.Part 1 was written sometime in 1793, and attacks the concepts of divine revelation and inspiration. He urged his readers to employ reason over revelation. Part 2 was written either during or shortly after his confinement in a French prison in 1794. In Part 2, Paine attacks the reliability of the Bible and points out numerous absurdities and contradictions. Part 3 was written in the United States sometime around 1800 but he delayed publication until 1807 for fears of violent backlash. Part 3 is an examination and rejection of the claims of prophecies concerning Jesus Christ. Although these arguments were commonly known amongst the educated elite, Paine wrote in simple and irreverent prose that was easily accessible to a mass audience. Paine argued against religion as it is revealed in the Bible, but he argued just as strongly for a Deistic religion and a Creator of Reason.This Librivox recording of The Age of Reason is taken from Richard Carlile’s anthology of Paine’s writings, published in 1818. Carlile charged one shilling and sixpence for the work, and the first run of 1,000 copies sold out in a month. He immediately published a second edition of 3,000 copies. In 1819, Carlile was found guilty of blasphemy and seditious libel and sentenced to three years in Dorchester Gaol with a fine of £1,500. The prosecutions surrounding the printing of The Age of Reason in Britain continued for thirty years after its initial release and encompassed numerous publishers as well as over a hundred booksellers. (Summary by JoeD and wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

11h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

17:21


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

16:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

22:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

24:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

19:41


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

19:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

19:01


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

14:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

15:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

23:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

20:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:09