* A classic text of the Enlightenment, Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason was a bestseller when it was published in 1794---and sparked a deistic revival. In this unabridged presentation, narrator Robin Field evokes Paine's passionate rhetoric as he defends his views on a creator-God and advocates for reason in place of revelation. Seven CDs, approx. 8 hours total.
Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason; Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology, published in three parts from 1794, was a bestseller 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 readers to thought as it did with his original audience.