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Subject: Jefferson's Bible
Date Posted: 3/4/2009 7:59 PM ET
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I heard about this for the first time on one of my favorite podcasts (Stuff You Missed in History Class from howstuffworks.com).  Apparently Thomas Jefferson edited his own version of the Bible to include the moral and spiritual teachings he believed in but excluding the miracles and other mythological trappings that were beyond his suspension of disbelief.  It must be a fascinating read, and a fascinating piece of history in light of how often we hear about how the founding fathers were all such strong Christians. 

Has anyone read the Jefferson bible or know any of the historical background on it?

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 11:47 AM ET
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Ive never heard from anyone that wasnt blatantly misinformed that the founding fathers were good Christians. When you have quotes from them like the following its quite clear that they were not.

"If we look back into history for the character of the present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practiced it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England blamed persecution in the Romish Church, but practiced it upon the Puritans. They found it wrong in Bishops, but fell into the practice themselves both there (England) and in New England."--- Benjamin Franklin

"As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?" --- John Adams, letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816

"The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate A FREE INQUIRY? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes." --- John Adams, letter to John Taylor

"Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth." --- Thomas Jefferson, from "Notes on Virginia"

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 1:35 PM ET
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I've looked through it...it really looks a lot like a regular bible only with references to divinity removed...basically, he wanted something that more accurately told Jesus' teaching..as opposed to all the violence and other crap we know is in there...

The founding father's were NOT good little Christians...the RR keeps perpetrating that myth to keep the people who want America to stay a 'christian country'  up in arms.


I was pissed off the other day and wrote a blog on the topic..   www.myspace.com/pibblegrl  If you want to read it...Not overly informative but just some basic info..I was venting..lol