Similarities Between Thomas Paine And John Winthrop

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Thomas Paine and John Winthrop both dedicated their works to religion, this essentially is their similarity between each other. However, their views on religion do differ. One of these men, Thomas Paine, based his belief’s with a slightly more scientifical approach. While on the other hand, John Winthrop’s belief’s were for the majority mostly more faith based. These men may have different views when it comes to religion, but they share one view that is exactly the same. Both Thomas Paine and John Winthrop believe in only one God. These two men also share the belief that having faith in God and following God’s word will help cease conflict and wars between nations. Firstly, I will discuss Thomas Paine’s views based off of the reference to Common Sense. Afterwards, I will then discuss John Winthrop’s views from his two sermons “Model …show more content…
Thomas Paine’s ideas are based on science more than on just pure belief yet he makes it known that he does incorporate religion into his studies. Paine states how the bible would never support the idea of a king ruling over everyone, and thinks that only God deserves that much power. “As the exalting one man so greatly above the rest cannot be justified on the equal rights of nature, so neither can it be defended on the authority of scripture; for the will of the Almighty, as declared by Gideon and the prophet Samuel, expressly disapproves of government by kings.” Later Paine elaborates on how wrong it is to worship a King the way that one would worship God. Paine thinks that God would want a government that is a democracy. In the event that anyone were to have asked Thomas Paine who was the “king of America” this was his response, “But where, says some, is the King of America? I'll tell you. Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain.” This statement by Paine is meaning he believes that God is the king of

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