age of reason


age of reason
Seven years of age, at which age a person is morally liable for the sins that he or she commits.

On September tenth — the morning of my seventh birthday — I came downstairs to the kitchen, where my mother was washing the dishes and my father was… reading the paper or something, and I sort-of presented myself to them in the doorway, and they said “Hey! Happy birthday!” And I said “I’m seven.” And my father smiled and said “Well, you know what that means, don’t you?” And I said “Yeah… that I’m gonna have a party and a cake and get a lot of presents (?)” And my dad said “Well, yes, but more importantly, being seven means that you’ve reached the age of reason, and you’re now capable of committing any and all sins against God and man.”


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  • Age of Reason — • The name given to that period of human life at which persons are deemed to begin to be morally responsible Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Age of Reason     Age of Reason …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • age of reason — n. The age at which a child is deemed responsible for his or her own actions, usually 7 years of age. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008. age of reason …   Law dictionary

  • Age of Reason — n. 1. a period of European history in the 18th cent. noted for belief in the ability of reason to discover truth, shape society, etc.: see THE ENLIGHTENMENT 2. [a r ] the age at which a child is presumed to know right from wrong and be capable of …   English World dictionary

  • Age of Reason — noun a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine (Freq. 1) the Enlightenment brought about many humanitarian reforms • Syn: ↑Enlightenment •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • age of reason — See age of discretion; Paine s Age of Reason …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • age of reason — Age at which a child is deemed to be capable of acting responsibly; commonly the age of 7. In general, one between the ages of 7 and 14 is rebuttably presumed to be incapable of committing a crime. Below the age of 7 a child is conclusively… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Age of Reason — Age′ of Rea′son n. why the 17th and 18th centuries in France, England, etc Compare enlightenment 4) …   From formal English to slang

  • Age of Reason — 1. any period in history, esp. the 18th century in France, England, etc., characterized by a critical approach to religious, social, and philosophical matters that seeks to repudiate beliefs or systems not based on or justifiable by reason. 2. (l …   Universalium

  • age of reason — Date: 1650 1. the time of life when one begins to be able to distinguish right from wrong 2. a period characterized by a prevailing belief in the use of reason; especially the 18th century in England and France …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Age of Reason — the Enlightenment, 18th century philosophical movement that emphasized the use of scientific inquiry and reason (most commonly associated with Locke, Descartes, Newton, and Rousseau) …   English contemporary dictionary


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