The Unquiet Afterdeath of Thomas Paine


A good trick question for a history quiz would be, “Where is Thomas Paine buried?”  The correct answer would be, “No one knows!’

Paine died in New York City on June 18, 1809.  His views on Christianity had made him persona non grata in the US, his services during the American Revolution to the cause of Independence being overlooked.  A controversy has raged since his death as to whether he did or did not recant his attacks against Christianity.  I would say the burden of the evidence is that he did not.  Six people attended his funeral.  No Christian Church would bury him, so he was buried in unhallowed ground under an oak tree on a farm he owned in New Rochelle.  There his bones rested until September 1819, when his body was stolen. (more…)

Published in: on September 15, 2019 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on The Unquiet Afterdeath of Thomas Paine  
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