This essay explores how rules for handling testimonial evidence were developed in the contexts of the British jurisprudence, epistemology and theological debate over the course of the eighteenth century, and shows how Thomas Paine appropriated these rules in The Age of Reason, his deistic manifesto.
Cross-Examining Scripture: Testimonial Strategies in Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason
This work was made possible by an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities at the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center and by a PSC-CUNY grant. The author would like to thank all the other 2008–2009 CUNY Mellon Fellows for their input and encouragement, and Kenneth Marcus and Michael Duncan for commenting earlier versions of the manuscript.
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David C. Hoffman; Cross-Examining Scripture: Testimonial Strategies in Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason. Rhetorica 1 August 2013; 31 (3): 261–295. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/RH.2013.31.3.261
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