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.

When speaking of a person, the term refers to that time of life at which one begins to distinguish clearly between right and wrong, to have a sense of obligation, and to incur moral responsibility; it is generally about the age of seven.

MLA Citation

  • “Age of Reason”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 November 2019. Web. 14 June 2021. <>