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Paper 1 (due Friday, September 12, 2008, 1-2 pages maximum)

Write a short essay that discusses selected passages on justifications for war in Jefferson's "Declaration" and Paine's "Common Sense" and "Crisis" that show the transition from 17th century beliefs in divine providences as special interventions to 18th century beliefs in divine providence as standing natural law . Base your discussion on your own readings, citing and quoting the texts as needed. Please avoid summarizing the class discussions and matters that have become common knowledge to us through those discussions. Please show your own exploration and understanding of the readings.