Could it be that the real author of The Declaration of Independence was not Thomas Jefferson but rather the radical Thomas Paine, author of the influential pamphlet “Common Sense”? Click here to see a persuasive argument to that effect.

The language and tone of the Declaration match Paine’s known writings but not Jefferson’s. Paine’s authorship was concealed because of his non-American background and his hostile attitude toward Christianity, as expressed in later writings such as “The Age of Reason”.