The Age of Reason

  • by Thomas Paine
  • Narrated by Robin Field
  • 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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A great review of the Bible's fabrications

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have done already, many times.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Age of Reason?

Not only is it interesting for his treatment of the internal contradictions of the Bible, it also follows the life of Paine, including his imprisonment in post-revolution France.
Paine is very much present in the writing. It is a conversational text which keeps you gripped throughout.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

He uses the word 'fabulous' a lot, to highlight the fabled and mythical elements of the Bible. To the modern reader, with a different conception of the word, it can sound quite comical. Provided many laughs throughout.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book leaves you in awe at the greatness of this man's mind.


Any additional comments?

On the point of the advocation of deism, I think if Paine had written this post-Darwin, he probably would have left his deism behind.

All in all a fascinating book advocating the importance of reason, and well worth a read/listen.

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- James Riley

A must for seekers of truth!

A clear forensic demolition using nothing but the accused's own writings backed up by a superb narration. The ripple effects will have catastrophic consequences to all faiths.
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- Nigel S.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-08-2010
  • Publisher: Mission Audio