Not what I expected (from archive)

(DATE: December 14, 2007)

You know how Thomas Jefferson often gets a bad rap from the Evangelical Right for being a Deist… (someone who believes that God just created everything, and then stopped interacting with His creation)? In fact, where TJ *really* gets into trouble is when Fundamentalists (note the capital F) find out that he produced an edited version of the Gospels which was just made of the moral teachings of Jesus, without the miracles.

HERESY!

(right?)

So imagine my surprise when I came across this quote from President Jefferson:

“My views… are the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from the anti-christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. 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.”

I LOVE this thought! I was overcome with emotion when I read it… I think I would probably disagree with TJ about what the “corruptions of Christianity” actually were, but boy, the sentiment is right where I want to be:

“sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others.”

Wow. Merry Christ-mas, everyone.

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