The American Revolution - 1775

On April 19, 1775, the American Revolution began—a colonial revolt ending eight years later with American patriots in the thirteen colonies gaining independence from Great Britain. The activism of clergy in the pulpit played a key role in helping fuel the dissent, but it was American patriot Thomas Paine with his 1776 pamphlet, Common Sense, and his prominent voice who pushed America toward independence from Great Britain—using the Bible to do so.

He used 1 Samuel 8, where Samuel warns the people of Israel of the danger of kings, and using Judges 8, he argued against monarchies—underscoring Gideon's warning when the people proposed making him king: "I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you."

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