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5 star content in a poor edition
on 14 October 2012
There can be no doubt that The Age of Reason is is a supreme work of reason and clarity of thought that is just as relevant today as when it was written two centuries ago. It is the product of a great and enlightened intellect. I believe it should be widely read, especially by those who engage in the faith vs. science debate or anyone who values good writing.
Unfortunately this Dover edition is poorly produced on poor quality paper and in a font that is not easy on the eye. More importantly it is incomplete containing only Parts I and II, Part III being totally absent. I cannot recommend it.
A much better edition, also available form Amazon, is published by Truth Seeker Company with an introduction by Bob Johnson, it is better printed with a more substantial feel to it. In addition to Part III it includes all of Paine's known essays and correspondence regarding God, Deism, the Bible and Theology. It is more expensive but is much better value for the money.