Thomas Jefferson And Thomas Paine: Organized Religion

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Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine have a lot of similarities, with one of them being their beliefs on religion. They both had very strong beliefs that organized religion was a tool that was being used to manipulate people. Thomas Jefferson went as far as writing his own version of the bible. The idea that organized religion is used for control is one of the major reasons they both agree and believe strongly on the separation of Church and State. Though they were seen as “anti-religious” or “anti-Christian” they just believed in variations of what at that time the Christians believed. These variations like a true God, and the divine were more focused on nature than a single being. At that time, they would characterize these beliefs as deism.
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