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Conversations of the West: Antiquity and the Enlightenment November 30, 2005 TA Menachem Session 18 11:00-12:15 Thomas Paine The Age of Reason Thomas Paine’s “Age of Reason” was a great book to read. I personally think that the man is a genius now. The first part of his book had a lot of facts that were reasonable to agree with. Thomas Paine was okay with everyone having their own opinion even if it was different than his; this was reminiscent of authors we have already about earlier in the course. Paine’s opinions on the Bible and the Testament were that they were false and the Testament wasn’t written by Moses. Paine also believed that the Church was evil and that it was not representing the leader they were following, Jesus. Paine gives a lot of credit to Jesus Christ even though teachings were similar to “Confucius, and by some of the Greek philosophers, many years before; by the Quakers since; and by many good men in all ages” (Pg53), he laments the Catholic Church for preaching what they are not practicing. I agree that what Paine has to say about the
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