Thomas Jefferson and the Bible He Wrote

I wanted to blog about this the other day, but since ‘Matthew’ left a comment on a blog I had written a couple of years ago about the Christian founding of this country, I thought I would write it now. 

I didn’t hear of this Bible written by Thomas Jefferson until the other night when I finally watched a documentary by Bill Maher called Religulous.  I thought it was really good.  Anyway, there is a mention of a Bible that was created by Thomas Jefferson.  We keep hearing over and over that this country was founded on Christian principles.  Certainly Thomas Jefferson was one of these founders.  However, Thomas Jefferson apparently did not like all the miracles and angels and prophecy that he was reading in the standard bible.  He didn’t believe it.  So he decided to correct the bible and wrote his own. You can read this Bible here.  Clearly he didn’t believe that the Bible was the Word of God, since he decided to rewrite it…

So next time you hear about our Found Fathers being Christian—you can now read what Thomas Jefferson thought about his ‘Christian’ faith. 

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3 Responses to Thomas Jefferson and the Bible He Wrote

  1. Justin says:

    I thought for sure you would have known about Jeffersons bible with your history in all this. While Jefferson did believe in a higher power he did not accept the christian premis as it existed and I am sure he would even be more adamant in his disgust with it if he saw it today. As far as this nation being founded on Christianity you might be intrested in what John Adams wrote into the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797. We all remember John Adams don\’t we. In the 11th article of the treaty this is what is written. Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.Now I do believe since he was the president shortly after the founding of this nation we should take his words seriously 🙂 I know it drives the fundies crazy.

  2. Kevin says:

    Hey Justin! Nope, never heard of this Bible! It is written about 1800 years after my area of research! It is pretty fascinating–especiall with John Adams thrown into the mix.

  3. Robert says:

    Anyone who says this Country was founded on Christian principals, is just silly, and lacks knowledge of history. The founding of this Country actually is in direct opposite of what Christian Fundamentalist are pushing today, our founding fathers, believed in Religious freedom.Btw, I own Religilous, a great movie in my opinion, course I admire Bill Maher.

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