The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine contains his opinions of religion. In the introduction Paine writes “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 it.”
Paine’s original work was published in two parts in 1794 and 1795, titled Part First and Part II. Part III was completed in the late 1790’s, but Thomas Jefferson convinced Paine not to publish it. Five years later Paine decided to publish despite the backlash he knew would ensue.
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In 1796, The Right Reverend Richard Watson wrote a point by point rebuttal of The Age of Reason entitled ” An Apology for the Bible in a series of letters, addressed to Thomas Paine. Watson’s rebuttal can be found by clicking here
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