Surprisingly and to my delight, so does much of the rest of it. All that is good and moral exists in that creation and in the good works and deeds of ourselves. The rest are lies and hypocrisies and an affront to the reasoning minds God gave us. Such is the basic line of argument.
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Surprisingly and to my delight, so does much of the rest of it. All that is good and moral exists in that creation and in the good works and deeds of ourselves. The rest are lies and hypocrisies and an affront to the reasoning minds God gave us.
Such is the basic line of argument. This is an entertaining, thought-provoking tract, screed, dissembling rant -- call it what you will. This is a book that Christians do not like because it puts to the lie their contention that America was founded as a "Christian nation.
He trashes the absurdities of the Bible with aplomb, charting the origins of many of the myths and the perpetuation of those and subsequent strictures of the church to the good of its own authority, power and material enrichment. His most heretical assertion is that God did not write the Bible; that it is solely a cobbled creation of men; and even if done so by "divine inspiration" -- the latter is meaningless to Paine since it is completely unprovable, and most unlikely.
Paine looks for horses, not zebras, and is more likely to believe that men lie than witness miracles. In the course of all this we get doses of science and natural law and philosophy and ruminations on ancient languages and so on. He barely finished part one of this work in France before the guards came for him.
Luckily he came out of it, unlike so many of his friends. Some readers of an atheistic or agnostic bent may not be pleased that Paine does not outright reject God, or even place his existence on the table for possible rejection.
But the God he does believe in is so remote as to be effectively nonexistent, for any practical purpose. In any case, it is man with whom Paine has issues, particularly those of the cloth and those who follow them. His refutations of Biblical and Church doctrines, his lambasting of ideas like miracles, and his criticisms of violence in the name of a greater good are just some of the highlights.
Let them sleep, then, in the arms of their nurses, the priests, and both be forgotten together. Mark says it was sun-rising, and John says it was dark. Luke says it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women, that came to the sepulchre; and John states that Mary Magdalene came alone. So well do they agree about their first evidence!
They all, however, appear to have known most about Mary Magdalene; she was a woman of large acquaintance, and it was not an ill conjecture that she might be upon the stroll. Paine says that nature itself is a better chronicler and evidence of this than the crude, trite, banal, violent and contradictory stories of the Bible.
La Edad de la Razón. Autor: Thomas Paine
Era mi intencin que esto fuera lo ltimo que ofreciera a mis conciudadanos de todas las naciones, y esto en un momento en el que la pureza del motivo que me induce a ello no admitiera cuestionamiento alguno, inclusive de aquellos que puedan no aprobar el trabajo. Las circunstancias que ahora ocurren en Francia, de la abolicin de todo orden nacional de sacerdocio, y de todo aquello que forme parte de sistemas compulsivos de religin y objetos compulsivos de fe, no solamente ha precipitado mi intencin, si no que presenta un trabajo de esta naturaleza como algo extremadamente necesario, no sea que, en los escombros de la supersticin, de falsos sistemas de gobierno y falsa teologa, perdamos de vista la moralidad, la humanidad y la verdadera teologa. As como varios de mis colegas y otros conciudadanos de Francia, me han dado el ejemplo de expresar su voluntaria e individual profesin de fe, igualmente quiero hacer la ma, y lo hago con toda la franqueza y sinceridad con la que la mente del hombre se comunica consigo mismo. Yo creo en un Dios y no ms; y tengo la esperanza de la felicidad despus de esta vida.
La edad de la razón
La Edad De La Razón