The Age Of Reason By Thomas Paine Essay

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Thomas Paine, born in the year 1737, was an English American philosopher that is most famous for his works entitled The Age of Reason. These essays were calling upon people to believe more in the powers and evidences of the sciences of mathematics and nature rather than the Christian faiths in a higher power or the church. However, in Paine’s essays he makes mention of the three main things in the sciences to believe in. The Triangle, Lever, and Wheel are mentioned and referred to as the basis and foundations of the sciences that we should hold more faith in than religion. This is similar to the three aspects of God in Christianity called the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. By forming a base of science on its own Trinity of Reason, was Paine taking science and turning it into its own type of religion? How do the two Trinities compare to one another? In this paper, I intend to explore the comparisons and determine if Paine was borrowing from Christianity to form his base for this new Trinity. First off, Paine did believe in the existence of a higher power in the universe and a hope for an afterlife as can be seen here in the first quote from his work The Age of Reason, “I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.” (Paine, Thomas: page 653). Paine also believed in the fundamentals of religion in how we are supposed to love one another and have charity to our fellow humans in the world: “I believe in the equality of man; and I
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