Thomas Paine: Faith and Reason Essay

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The issue of Faith versus Reason and the relationship between them has been discussed throughout civilization. A prime figure in this discussion during the recent past, the mid 18’th to the early 19’th centuries, was Thomas Paine. Paine’s writings during both the United States and French revolutions helped to spearhead the respective countries into revolution and eventually freedom. As such, Paine is certainly seen as an influential figure during this time period for practical reasons. But Paine is equally important because of the way in which he influenced entire countries and helped to bring about change. Paine’s approach to doing this shows the distinction between faith and reason as well as how the two can coexist together and …show more content…

It was after losing this job in seventeen seventy three that Paine eventually set off to America, largely penniless, in the hopes of starting over again and perhaps finding some level of stability. Paine’s early years are interesting because the instability which one can see during these years continues throughout his life. Even after writing the incredibly successful and important Common Sense in 1776 and The American Crisis papers from 1776 to 1783 he was still unable to find a real place within society. Paine never made any money off of his publications because he waived fees and royalties so that more copies of his work could be produced and sold at a lower price. For this reason Paine was often penniless and seemed perpetually on the edge of bankruptcy. This apparent nobility and selflessness is balanced however by the fact that for the majority of his adult life after his publications, Paine lived off of either the United States government or off of individual citizens willing to support him to appease any debt which he was or was not owed. Also in contrast along these lines was where Paine’s national allegiance truly lied. After not finding any true degree of acceptance within the states, Paine eventually returned to England and eventually landed in France in time to play an influential role in

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