Historical context[ edit ] Intellectual context: These deists, while maintaining individual positions, still shared several sets of assumptions and arguments that Paine articulated in The Age of Reason.
Historical context[ edit ] Intellectual context: These deists, while maintaining individual positions, still shared several sets of assumptions and arguments that Paine articulated in The Age of Reason. The most important position that united the early deists was their call for "free rational inquiry" into all subjects, especially religion.
Saying that early Christianity was founded on freedom of consciencethey demanded religious toleration and an end to religious persecution. They also demanded that debate rest on reason and rationality.
Deists embraced a Newtonian worldview, and they believed that all things in the universe, even God, must obey the laws of nature. Without a concept of natural lawthe deists argued, explanations of the workings of nature would descend into irrationality. This belief in natural law drove their skepticism of miracles.
Along these lines, deistic writings insisted that God, as the first cause or prime moverhad created and designed the universe with natural laws as part of his plan. They held that God does not repeatedly alter his plan by suspending natural laws to miraculously intervene in human affairs.
Deists also rejected the claim that there was only one revealed religious truth or "one true faith"; religion could only be "simple, apparent, ordinary, and universal" if it was to be the logical product of a benevolent God. Moreover, many found the Christian revelations in particular to be contradictory and irreconcilable.
Most deists argued that priests had deliberately corrupted Christianity for their own gain by promoting the acceptance of miracles, unnecessary rituals, and illogical and dangerous doctrines these accusations were typically referred to as " priestcraft ". The worst of these doctrines was original sin.
Deists therefore typically viewed themselves as intellectual liberators. Those few British radicals who still supported the French revolution and its ideals were viewed with deep suspicion by their countrymen.
By the middle of the decade, the moderate voices had disappeared: These acts prohibited freedom of assembly for groups such as the radical London Corresponding Society LCS and encouraged indictments against radicals for "libelous and seditious" statements.
Afraid of prosecution and disenchanted with the French revolution, many reformers drifted away from the cause. It has been my intention, for several years past, to publish my thoughts upon religion.
The circumstance that has now taken place in France of the total abolition of the whole national order of priesthood, and of everything appertaining to compulsive systems of religion, and compulsive articles of faith, has not only precipitated my intention, but rendered a work of this kind exceedingly necessary, lest in the general wreck of superstition, of false systems of government and false theology, we lose sight of morality, of humanity and of the theology that is true.
I contrived, in my way there, to call on Joel Barlowand I put the Manuscript of the work into his hands According to Paine scholars Edward Davidson and William Scheick, he probably wrote the first draft of Part I in late but Paine biographer David Hawke argues for a date of early He only escaped the guillotine by accident: Part II was first published in a pirated edition by H.
Symonds in London in October Eaton was later forced to flee to America after being convicted of seditious libel for publishing other radical works. Later, Francis Place and Thomas Williams collaborated on an edition which sold about 2, copies.
Williams also produced his own edition, but the British government indicted him and confiscated the pamphlets. Fearing unpleasant and even violent reprisals, Thomas Jefferson convinced him not to publish it in ; five years later Paine decided to publish despite the backlash he knew would ensue. Carlile charged one shilling and sixpence for the work, and the first run of 1, copies sold out in a month.
He immediately published a second edition of 3, copies. Like Williams, he was prosecuted for seditious libel and blasphemous libel. The prosecutions surrounding the printing of The Age of Reason in Britain continued for thirty years after its initial release and encompassed numerous publishers as well as over a hundred booksellers.
In Part I, Paine outlines his major arguments and personal creed. I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavouring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
But, lest it should be supposed that I believe many other things in addition to these, I shall, in the progress of this work, declare the things I do not believe, and my reasons for not believing them.A practical morality can be derived from reason without the need to appeal to religious revelation and church dogma.
8. Deists pray, but only to express their appreciation to . The Age of Reason and Revolution Many individuals that lived in the period of time known as the Age of Reason, discovered many new inventions and advancements to improve the quality of life.
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STUDY. PLAY. Entire society agrees to be governed by its general will. Social contract.
Executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government limit and control each other in a system of checks and balances. Separation of powers. Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory is a book by the philosopher Herbert Marcuse, in which the author discusses the social theories of the philosophers Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Karl Marx.
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