The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine is a must-read book for every American. Thomas Paine was one of the most influential thinkers in the founding of the United States and in the form that it’s government took. His thinking had a profound influence on many of the founding fathers, including the author of the constitution – Thomas Jefferson.
This book was Paine’s commentary on religion and his defense of deism, as opposed the Christianity. It will help every American who reads it to understand the nature of thinking that motivated the founding fathers to institute the separation of church and state. It will also be a major eye-opener for those Americans who believe the popular myth that our government was founded upon Christian principles.
Modern readers won’t find Paines deistic reasoning to be entirely sound. However, his passionate and detailed criticism of Christianity is almost irrefutable when taken as a whole. In the long run, disagreements with Paine’s reasoning are almost beside the point. The political ramifications of this book are the most important reason for every American to read it.