Ian Ruskin, author and actor of the one-man play To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine, presents Paine on the topic of God and religion. Paine was not in opposition to belief in the transcendent power of the almighty creator, just the prostitution of such faith by power for its own material ends.
You can also watch Ruskin as Paine discuss the nature of GOD AND CREATION.
Ruskin as Paine…
“I have been much maligned, misunderstood and misused by our America, and many people, of all political and philosophical persuasions, have seen fit to quote and to misquote my words. This matters little in regards to the man Thomas Paine, but it matters much in regards to the ideas of the man Thomas Paine. And therefore, to correct some of these misunderstandings…”