a truly frontal assault on the collection of myth and dogma that go by the name of christianity.
first jefferson, then paine: i am beginning to have new respect for the american founding fathers, for they violently despised the blind faith of their contemporaries. i just did not know about this facet of their personalities.
i got the reference to paine from the nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/31/books/review/31ELLISL.html
quote from tom paine: "... the age of ignorance commenced with the Christian system." amen, i say.
some of these early leftists like paine were also, strangely, libertarians. such a far cry from today's fascist marxists of india who are completely statist and unreasoningly blind.
here is the entire ebook text of 'The Age of Reason'.