Thomas Paine is one is one of the most important Deist Writers,
Probably the best Deist site is:
Age of Reason is avaliable there,
As well as Fred Thompson's story who is an ex Witness now Diest,
(he left over 1975)
The amount of ignorance that most Americans today have of their founding fathers could fill "enough scrolls that the world itself could not contain them."
The one constant refrain is that the US of America was founded on Bible principles. And that the Founding Fathers were all Fundamentalist Christians. Who were against abortion,for tax breaks for large corporations, and believed that (Fundie) Christianity is the one true religion (no matter what is actually written in the Constitution...)
Was exposed to Paine's "Age of Reason" in an undergraduate English class.
'Age of Reason" should be required reading.
His take down of Christianity is Epic!!!
T. Paine, For a person that was raised as a believer, to possibly soon face the guillotine and the judgement by his maker and Peter at the gates, that took conviction to debunk the talking snake story, ransom. More Courage than Paul's argument for the resurrection, scardi cat him.
Reading the writings of the great sceptics like Voltaire, Paine, and Ingersoll is the greatest cure to rid oneself of lifelong religious indoctrination. They are even more powerful in cleansing the mind of religious dogma and superstition than acceptance of evolution.