Thomas Paine
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Thomas Paine-A large advocate of Deism
Main interests: Politics, ethics, religion
School: Enlightenment, liberalism, republicanism
Era Age of Enlightenment
Born January 29, 1737
Died June 8, 1809 (aged 72)
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."- [1]

Thomas Paine was an 18th Century Freethinker who spent some of his time in Britain but also lived in American and France. Benjamin Franklin encouraged young Thomas Paine to emigrate to America where Paine became a journalist, he opposed Monarchy and hereditary government. Paine wanted to abolish the British House of Lords and wanted the House of Commons elected with universal male suffrage. Though Paine was ahead of his time in many respects he didn’t see the need for women to get the vote. Thomas Paine was in Colonial America when the American Revolution started and he helped the Americans gain independence and start democracy. Paine’s writings encouraged the uneducated Americans and the intellectuals to fight for freedom. Paine considered slavery evil, he wanted to see a world peace organisation and we now have that in the United Nations. Thomas Paine further believed poor people and old people should have some kind of Social Security.


Paine was a Deist, he lived before Charles Darwin when scientists couldn’t easily explain life without Intelligent design. Today we know better.


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