Paine himself was threatened with execution by hanging when he was mistaken for an aristocrat, and he soon ran afoul of the Jacobins, who eventually ruled over France during the Reign of Terror, the bloodiest and most tumultuous years of the French Revolution. In Paine was arrested for treason because of his opposition to the death penalty, most specifically the mass use of the guillotine and the execution of Louis XVI.
He was detained in Luxembourg, where he began work on his next book, The Age of Reason. Released in , partly thanks to the efforts of President James Monroe , Paine became convinced that George Washington had conspired with French revolutionary politician Maximilien de Robespierre to have Paine imprisoned. The Federalists used the letter in accusations that Paine was a tool for French revolutionaries who also sought to overthrow the new American government.
The first volume functions as a criticism of Christian theology and organized religion in favor of reason and scientific inquiry. Though often mistaken as an atheist text, The Age of Reason is actually an advocacy of deism and a belief in God. The second volume is a critical analysis of the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible , questioning the divinity of Jesus Christ.
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By , Paine was able to sail to Baltimore. Still, newspapers denounced him and he was sometimes refused services. A minister in New York was dismissed because he shook hands with Paine. In , despite failing health, Paine worked on the third part of his Age of Reason , and also a criticism of Biblical prophesies called An Essay on Dream.
On his deathbed, his doctor asked him if he wished to accept Jesus Christ before passing. Estate auctioneers refused to sell human remains and the bones became hard to trace. In , the city of New Rochelle launched an effort to gather the remains and give Paine a final resting place.
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American Revolution leader John Hancock was a signer of the Declaration of Independence in and a governor of Massachusetts.
The colonial Massachusetts native was raised by his uncle, a wealthy Boston merchant. When his uncle died, Hancock inherited his lucrative From to , the Continental Congress served as the government of the 13 American colonies and later the United States. The First Continental Congress, which was comprised of delegates from the colonies, met in in reaction to the Coercive Acts, a series of measures American colonial politician, judge and historian Thomas Hutchinson was born into a prominent Boston family.
There were so many paragraphs in there, that I couldn't stop agreeing with. The Rights of Man and the Age of Reason, are the 2 out of the bunch that take up about two thirds of the book. The Rights of Man was so It was more about in his currant time, about showing the differences of cultures between England, France and America, and the variances of your rights in between those countries. But it was mostly more about this grudge between Thomas and a guy named Mr. Thomas keeps on bringing this guy up and dumping all kinda of crap on him in just about every page.
What they should have named this chapter, The buffoonery of Mr. Burke, sense he talks about him so damn much. Imagine what Thomas would think of people of today The Age of Reason was the longest out of all of them, but it had some good points in the making. But for the most part, throughout the entire book, was filled with both the Author's and Editor's commentaries by using these  types of brackets, to clarify on what Thomas was referring too, or what he was talking about.
If you ask me, it wasn't necessary in the book at all. All that did was confused the hell outta me. Cause by then, I wouldn't know who's talking about the subject. Only the editor will use colored text. That would have been a hell-of-a-lot better, and easier. But I'd recommend Common Sense, An essay on a dream, shortest out of all the chapters, only 2 pages Biblical Blasphemy and Examination of the Prophecies.
The essay, Blasphemy and the Prophecies, he utterly obliterates the bible with logic, by going through the books of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.
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And he even proves that Jesus was a invented character. The book was great, well written, thought out and laid out. But he still held out for hope. He still thought that after once we die, we will exist after our own demise, and face our creator. To me, as an atheist, I won't get my hopes up. Throughout all my life, it's been nothing more to me but one disappointment after another, why should death be any different?
So I learned the hard way never to get your hopes up. I'd give this guy four and a half stars if I could. But sense he still held out for false hope, I just can't bring myself to give him that last star. And to give you a taste on what you're going to get once you've bought this book. Man, is stuck in a state of groveling superstition from which he has not the courage to rise above it. One person found this helpful. I wish I had read this collection in my teens or 20s instead of waiting until my 40s. While Paine's logic isn't always perfect, it was amazing for his time, especially on the topics of religion.
You have to admire the courage it required to write some of the incendiary things he wrote, in a time when people were still being put to death in western nations, just for writing books. The freedom of speech that we enjoy today is due in large part to men like Paine, who risked their lives for it. The language is, of course, quite outdated, but the ideas are not. This is a fascinating read that provides insight into the thoughts of one of our nation's Founding Fathers.
This collection of books definitely calls into question the notion that the FF intended for this to be a Christian nation. This particular FF deplored Christianity. His writings won't please athiests either; he's a staunch Deist, and writes about the evidence of the Creator's hand everywhere in nature. I highly recommend the book to people of all political and religious stripes.
I'm sure if Glenn Beck read it, he'd stop comparing himself to Mr. Thomas Pain is one of the most quoted political authors in history after Thomas Jefferson.
His ability for getting things factual, logical, and sensible is such a relief from the political blather you hear today. His ideas are well thought out and researched. His ideas are as true today as they were when he wrote them years ago. It is a timeless work and should be on the shelf of everyone who is interested in politics, life, religion, or common sense.
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Just finished Common Sense. Great insight to the time preceeding the American Revolution. Rating strictly on the writings of Thomas Paine - 5 stars. The introduction of the book is a copy and paste from wikipedia. On the title page it also says that all the books they offer can be read for free on line at the publishers website.
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If I could go back I would read the works online instead of paying for this book. It is a very good book for anyone looking for the true origins and formation of the United States which was not founded on Christian principles or Jesus and gives the answers to where you can truly find God in Deism.
In my opinion, Thomas Paine should be required reading in every school. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Very smart guy - everybody should familiarize themselves with these essays. See all 50 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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