Age of Reason

In history, period of the French Revolution inaugurated on 10 November 1793, when an actress, typifying the “Goddess of Reason,” was enthroned upon the high altar of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France; and ending when the law of 21 February 1795 restored some measure of religious liberty. Thomas Paine wrote his Age of Reason in a French prison in 1794; it is a rough-and-ready presentment of Deism.