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Analysis Of The Age Of Reason By Thomas Paine

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Joshua Corpuz
Isaiah Nengo
Anthropology 1
April 22, 2014
Age Of Reason
The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine is about how he believes in a religion or a god. Throughout the book, Thomas Paine talks about how religion is such as Christianity’s bible, doesn’t make sense. He argues that in the bible, the stories that is accounted for and written down are somewhat false. He doesn’t believe in some of the stories in the bible that everyone is deciding to believe. He doesn’t believe that the bible is credited to the word of god, but it is by someone who has just created their own stories and accounts the one and only Jesus Christ. Thomas Paine’s argues is that there is a god, but it is his own mind and not what a book of stories that have been written with no accountability. Thomas Paine states that he believes in the good of man instead of an organized religion. We make our own choices based on our own being rather than what someone who is supernatural tells us.
Empirical falsehoods are stated throughout the book. Thomas Paine writes on page 73, that Jesus, born from a virgin doesn’t make sense. From experience, there would be no way someone would get pregnant while also being a virgin. They way Jesus was conceived is a perfect example of an empirical falsehood because from experience, you cannot get a girl pregnant from simply staring at them, you have to engage in actual intercourse for that. Another falsehood is on page 70, when the Jews Prayers didn’t amount to anything but hardship and no riches. This is a falsehood because by experience, you cant pray on something to make it better. Growing up in a catholic family and going to catholic schools my whole life, I was taught to pray but I just didn’t pray, I took action. Like in Age ...

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...ughout the bible that can be considered good but for the most part, it is about killings, torture, rape, murder, and sacrifice. This is a logical fallacy because if the bible is known for its good stories and its good fables, but most of the book contains things that are frowned upon by god himself.
In conclusion, Paine makes a good argument that the bible is wrong and the stories in it don’t make a lot of sense. He makes a god point about his religion being his mind and not what a book has to say or what preachers have to talk about to further the word of god. For me I grew up in a catholic family, went to catholic schools, and go to church every Sunday. These points make sense but I cant agree with Paine one hundred percent on this one. I don’t think that you can take the bible seriously and literally, as some people perceive it to be. Sure there are people that
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