Thomas Paine

  • After Paine, Why Did American Secularism Fail?

    by Chris Lehmann

    Historian Leigh Eric Schmidt chronicles the decline of American secularism; the fate of Thomas Paine's looted corpse stands as a tidy metaphor for the mismatch of secular rationality with the desire for communal ritual. 

  • Capitol Hill needs a memorial to Thomas Paine

    by Jeff Biggers

    Amazingly, there is still no statue or memorial in Washington to Thomas Paine, the immigrant writer and soldier who galvanized the American Revolution in one of the darkest times in our nation's history with his writings.