Dbq Thomas Paine

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In the eighteenth century there was a mix of opposition of independence, and a hope that the new nation would become a home of freedom. Thomas Paine’s argument was that America needs to gain independence from England. Jonathan Boucher believed if God wanted America to be independent it would have happened. A few of the reasons Paine wrote Common Sense was a result of unnecessary wars, monarchical government, and the way Britain treated America. In fact, Paine believed everyone was born as equals, but that does not mean everyman stayed equal their entire lives. Some rise, some fall, but there is no excuse for a division between a king and his citizens. Furthermore, Paine did not appreciate that Britain was causing harm for America, plenty call…show more content…
He argued that Christians will be disturbing the peace and those who do are rebelling and are disobedient. If you become disobedient to the king, you are also disobeying God. Boucher argues that if God wanted them to have independence they would have had it, and they should be grateful and thankful with our without it. He says “Obedience to government is every man’s duty because it is ever man’s interest; but it is particularly incumbent on Christians, it is enjoined by the positive commands of God.” (#32; pg. 101) Boucher had many unpersuasive arguments. He believed the king’s power came from God. He would tell colonist they were disobedient to God, and rebelling against him. Boucher had to move back to England because of the amount of death threats he was receiving for opposing the revolution. The arguments of Paine were more appealing to eighteenth century readers who were unsure because the colonist were becoming educated. They believed Paine’s arguments because of his use of the Bible. Thomas Paine had greater appeal in the eighteenth century because many colonists were unsure about England ruling. When Common Sense was written colonists agreed that America should be free. Many colonists did not want England to keep ruling. Boucher had death threats, and he was a large supporter of England
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