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 essential reading for anyone who wants to understand Deism, Judaism and Christianity as well as for anyone interested in objective and honest Bible study. With this important book, Thomas Paine took Deism out of the intellectual parlors and brought it directly to the people!

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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 my

opinions upon Religion. You will do me the justice to remember, that I

have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his own

opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who

denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his

present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing


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,


Luxembourg, 8th Pluvoise,

Second Year of the French Republic, one and indivisible.

January 27, O. S. 1794.


IT has been my intention, for several years past, to publish my

thoughts upon religion. I am well aware of the difficulties that

attend the subject, and from that consideration, had reserved it to

a more advanced period of life. I intended it to be the last

offering I should make to my fellow-citizens of all nations, and

that 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 disapprove

the work.