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213 books of Thomas Paine

The works of Thomas Paine in one Kindle collection:

The Age of Reason
The American Crisis
Common Sense
A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal
The Rights of Man

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Thomas Paine, the son of a corset maker, came to America in 1774 as unobtrusively as any other immigrant with no connections. But he brought with him a special combination of sensitivity to victimization at the hands of authorities and a facile way with words. He soon wrote the pamphlet, Common Sense, that articulated the colonialist mood of oppression, became a stunning best seller, and broke the viscosity of the brimming radical sentiment, allowing colonial revolution to overflow the cup.
In 1789, revolution spilled over in France also. When the British Parliamentarian, Edmund Burke, in the face of this radical outburst, published an extravagant defense of monarchy, Paine, now an international figure for his writing, answered the call. The French did not need his help to take to the streets, but he stepped forward with his book, Rights of Man, to place their cause on a broad stage. With radical flair he threw monarchy and its trappings on the rubble of the past and pictured . . .

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The Age of Reason: Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, a deistic treatise written by eighteenth-­century British radical and American revolutionary Thomas Paine, critiques institutionalized religion and challenges the inerrancy of the Bible. Published in three parts in 1794, 1795, and 1807, it was a bestseller in America, where it caused a short-­lived deistic revival. British audiences, however, fearing increased political radicalism as a result of the French revolution, received it with more hostility. The Age of Reason presents common deistic arguments; for example, it highlights the corruption of the Christian Church and criticizes its efforts to acquire political power. Paine advocates reason in the place of revelation, leading him to reject miracles and to view the Bible as an ordinary piece of literature rather than as a divinely inspired text. The Age of Reason is not atheistic, but deistic: it promotes natural religion and argues for a creator-­God.

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