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January 11, 2009 - Skeptic Book Club - "The Age of Reason," by Thomas Paine. - Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 8029 Kingston Pike - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Discussion Leader: Aleta Ledendecker (More information on the Book Club topic, on paying your dues and on ONE LUCKY NEW MEMBER, below)

Remember that it is time to pay your annual $35 dues. Simply print brochure (above), fill out, and mail with your check to our P.O. Box address listed in the brochure). You must have paid your dues on or before our Annual Business Meeting on January 25th in order to vote for new officers and board members.

One of our members has graciously contributed the $35 membership dues for a NEW MEMBER in RET, stating that he hopes there may be a potential “Richard Dawkins” out there who will someday be an influential spokesperson for rationalists and freethinkers in Tennessee. To qualify, you must be someone who has not been an RET member in the past. The first person to claim this new RET membership by sending me an email memo (to philip.king@comcast.net) will be a new, full-fledged RET member - for FREE in 2009!

- Phil King, RET Treasurer and Membership Coordinator

Amazon.com Review:
The Most Remarkable Book Ever Written, August 14, 2000
By Bradley P. Rich, Salt Lake City, UT USA

This review is from: The Age of Reason (Great Books in Philosophy) (Paperback)
If the title above seems like hyperbole, I am prepared to defend it: Thomas Paine was one of the most important figures of the American revolution. His pamphlet "Common Sense" did more to bring the colonies to revolt than any other document. After the revolution he went to France believing the French revolution to be the next step in the development of the freedom of mankind. While there he was condemned to death by Robespierre and detained pending execution. Believing that his death was imminent, Paine wrote Part One of Age of Reason, which is a compelling critique of the Bible and the faults of Christianity. His analysis is thorough, detailed and compelling, which is particularly impressive since he did it entirely without access to a Bible! This topic will offend many (which explains Paine's current demise from the pantheon of revolutionary heroes) but it should be read both for its analysis of the Bible and for appreciation of one of America's founding fathers.

Posted by pking
Jan. 07, 2009