Thomas Paine's Deistic Beliefs

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Paine’s deistic viewpoints allowed him to write about government actions without being influenced by religious beliefs. He maintained that government should be based on reason, not faith. He strongly claimed that there should be a distinct separation between church and state. He thought that the only role government should have in religion is the protection of religious freedom. Paine commonly used Enlightenment language when he speaks of God and appeals to ordinary people, as opposed to the educated elites. Thomas Paine’s political pamphlet brought the rising revolutionary into sudden focus by placing blame for the suffering of the colonies directly on the reigning British monarch. Common Sense encouraged an immediate declaration of independence,
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