Great Minds The Age of Reason Thomas Paine From: Volume 18, No. 4 Fall 1998 ShareTweet Thomas Paine Founding Father Thomas Paine's (1737-18O9) commitment to winning freedom for the common man led him to France at the end of the eighteenth century. While there, he began writing The Age of Reason. See more articles This article is available to subscribers only. Subscribe now or log in to read this article.