Speaker: Gary Berton

Paine and Slavery

Thomas Paine UU Fellowship
Paine and Slavery
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Thomas Paine was a life-long abolitionist, but few historians correctly identify it. 90% of his works were anonymously written, including his anti-slavery writings and activities. This talk will explore the parameters and key works that show Paine to be a driving force for abolition, even though he did not write “African Slavery in America.” Gary … Continue reading Paine and Slavery

Thomas Paine’s Foundational Principle of Religion and Government: Justice

Thomas Paine UU Fellowship
Thomas Paine's Foundational Principle of Religion and Government: Justice
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On this Independence Day 2021, Gary Berton will enlighten us on Enlightenment icon (and our Fellowship’s namesake), Thomas Paine, whose writings inspired the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution. Paine’s first principles are few, but he held one, Justice, as a “foundational” principle because it combines the essence of the others. A letter from … Continue reading Thomas Paine’s Foundational Principle of Religion and Government: Justice