Why You Never Heard of “The Democracy of Heaven”

If you read Thomas Paine’s famous pamphlet, Common Sense, which argued against the British Crown’s rule of the American colonies, you may be surprised to find that Paine based his argument on the biblical doctrine of Original Sin.

George III by Allan Ramsay, 1762

[King George III by Allan Ramsay, 1762. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.]

In sum, this doctrine teaches that due to Adam’s disobedience, the entire human race is morally corrupt and driven, to lesser or greater degrees, by deceit, self-interest and self-exaltation.

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