For the Record

Jefferson was fascinated by theology… and could talk about it for hours on end.  A deeply personal project was the Jefferson Bible.  He analyzed the New Testament and removed what he considered to be “so much untruth, charlatanism and imposture” along with any mention of miracles or the supernatural (always the scientist.)  Jefferson was interested in the moral philosophy of Jesus.  The Enlightenment taught Jefferson to seek the rational path to moral clarity.

“Our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to God alone. I inquire after no man’s, and trouble none with mine.”

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”    Notes on the State of Virginia 1782



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2 responses to “For the Record

  1. Absolutely! It would seem, the “Christian Nation” people think the founder established, really isn’t quite like the “Christianity” the majority adopt.

  2. phadde2

    The Pseudo clause of the Separation of Church and State and its creation by Everson v. Board of Education is what has done this damage to the perceived interests of Jefferson.

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