Thomas Paine

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In existographies, Thomas Paine (218-146 BE) (1737-1809 ACM) (IQ:180|#137) (Cattell 1000:583) (RGM:220|1,350+) (RMS:41) (FA:104) (GA:28) (RGA:14|370+) (Stokes 100:52) (AFF:6) (CR:105) (LH:17) (TL:122|#87) was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, irreligionist, free thinker, and revolutionist, eponym of the Painean calendar; noted for []


Rights of Man

In 1791, Paine, in his Rights of Man, in opposition to the views of Edmund Burke, posited, with focus on defending the French revolution, that popular political revolution is permissible when a government does not safeguard the natural rights of its people. By 1809, 1.5 million copies had been sold.[1]

Age of Reason

In 1794, Paine, in his Age of Reason (AB:3), penned in the wake of the French revolution, the second part of which being written following his release from French prison, via the actions of James Monroe, the new American Minister to France, outline his "thoughts upon religion"; the abstract of which is as follows:

“It has been my intention, for several years past, to publish my thoughts upon religion. The circumstance that has now taken place in France of the total abolition of the whole national order of priesthood, and of everything appertaining to compulsive systems of religion, and compulsive articles of faith, has not only precipitated my intention, but rendered a work of this kind exceedingly necessary, lest in the general wreck of superstition, of false systems of government and false theology, we lose sight of morality, of humanity and of the theology that is true.”
— Thomas Paine (1794), The Age of Reason (pg. #)

Herein, he gave a straight talk, inclining to common person's mindset, dismantlement of Christianity, as a baseless mythology. Paine himself financed the shipping of 15,000 copies of his work to America.

Painean calendar

See main: Painean calendar

In 1802, Paine began to date his letters of correspondence as follows:

“Paris, February 21st, 1802, since the fable of Christ”
— Thomas Paine (1802), “Letter to Elihu Palmer”, signature and dating method [2]

On 8 Nov 2018, Libb Thims began to employ the above defined Paine dating system notion, aka Painean calendar, to Hmolpedia articles, e.g. Johann Goethe, Empedocles, and Paine, along with the water-testing secular "Goethean calendar" (BG/AG) notation system, shown in addition. Paine, accordingly, who existed for 72-years, can be reaction existence dated three ways (1737-1809 ACM) (13 BG-59 AG) (218-146 BE), years dated using three different dating systems.


Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Paine:

“The church of the country is not only indifferent to the wrongs of the slave, it actually takes sides with the oppressors. For my part, I would say, ‘welcome infidelity!’, ‘Welcome atheists!’, ‘Welcome anything!’, in preference to the gospel, as preached by these divines. They convert the very name of religion into an engine of tyranny and barbarous cruelty, and serve to confirm more infidels, in this age, than all the infidel writings of Thomas Paine, Voltaire, and Bolingbroke have together done.”
Frederick Douglass (1852), cited by Jennifer Hecht (2003) in Doubt: a History (pg. 418)
“I can still remember the flash of enlightenment that shone from its pages.”
Thomas Edison (c.1915), reflection on Paine’s [1794] Age of Reason
Paine’s [49-page] Common Sense [1776] pamphlet [selling some 500,000 copies in the mid 1770s] became the biggest seller per capita in American publishing history and almost single-handedly sparked the [American] revolution.”
— Scott Smith (2013), “Thomas Paine’s Writing Sparked the American Revolution”[3]

Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Paine:

“I would give worlds, if I had them, that the Age of Reason had never been published. Oh, god, save me; for I am at the edge of hell alone.”
— Thomas Paine (1809), supposed “last words” [4]

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See also


  1. Miller, Jonathan. (2007). “A History of Atheism: Part Three” (1:08-), BBC4, May; Tony Sobrado, YouTube, 2012.
  2. (a) Haught, James A. (1996). 2000 Years of Disbelief: Famous People with the Courage to Doubt (pg. 88). Prometheus.
    (b) Conway, Moncure D. (1892). The Life of Thomas Paine (GB). Publisher.
  3. Smith, Scott. (2013). “Thomas Paine’s Writing Sparked the American Revolution” (Ѻ), Investors Business Daily, Jul 1.
  4. Zuck, Roy B. (1997). The Speaker’s Quote Book: Over 4,500 Illustrations and Quotations for All (§:Dying Words, pg. 124) (Ѻ). Kregel Academic.

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