Sunday, November 15, 2015

Was Thomas Jefferson A Christian?

We should let Jefferson speak for himself:

"To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; and believing he never claimed any other."  (1803 April 21. Letter Of Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush).

"I too have made a wee little book, from the same materials, which I call the Philosophy of Jesus. it is a paradigma of his doctrines, made by cutting the texts out of the book, and arranging them on the pages of a blank book, in a certain order of time or subject. a more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen. it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus, very different from the Platonists, who call me infidel… (1816 January 9. Letter Of Thomas Jefferson to Charles Thomson).  

New Patriotic Fiction Books Series

I have published the first volume of my new fiction book series:

The Patriots’ Birthright  (1738 - 1802) William and Jenny Barnstable
The Patriots’ Settlement  (1812 - 1889) Peter and Anne Barnstable Bentley
The Patriots’ Heritage   (1901 - 2010) Jacob "Jake" and Jennifer Callahan 
The Patriots’ Pride  (2024 - 2050) Casper "Cap" and Kathy Morgan

The Patriots’ Gift  (2035 - 2080) Stephen and Alicia Hampton PUB 2015  
The Patriots’ Strength  (2080 - 3025) Andrew and Paige Hampton Pearsall PUB 2016

Jefferson said:

"Well aware that the opinions and belief of men depend not on their own will, but follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds; that Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making it altogether insusceptible of restraint; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments, or burdens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion..."

Thomas Jefferson

"A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom", Section I:3