Rights of Man

Paperback, 226 pages

English language

Published Aug. 17, 1997 by NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company.


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Written in a fit of pique brought about by Edmund Burke's blistering attack of the French Revolution, Paine's The Rights of Man has come to be regarded as one of the most important works in the realm of Western political philosophy. In it, Paine contends that some rights that are granted through natural law, rather than by governments or constitutions. A must-read for those interested in politics, philosophy, and the intersection of the two.

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Paine is not an atheist. Far from it. He emphasizes that he is a deist, one who worships the God whose book is nature, rather than the Bible, which he tears apart as savagely as any New Atheist, and shows it to be the work of humans.
Some of his arguments are dated, and some don't stand up to scrutiny, but in the main, it's remarkable how well most of them have aged. He cites the same Bible contradictions, absurdities, and atrocities as people today.

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