“A Wee Little Book”: The Bible of Thomas Jefferson (Part 2 of 4)

Jefferson Bible

    Jefferson…wrote his own Bible that excluded all references to miracles, wonders, signs, virgin birth, resurrection, the God-head, and whatever else conflicted with his own religious thought.[i] Robert S. Alley   These words–penned by an atheist–reflect a common belief that Thomas Jefferson was an irreligious Deist who “wrote his own Bible.” Many secularists translate…

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“I am a Real Christian”: The Religious Views of Thomas Jefferson (Part 1 of 4)

Thomas Jefferson

  Jefferson’s personal history…disgraceful conduct…reputation for free thinking and loose morality is admitted.[1] “An atheist and fanatic.”[2] “[His] knowledge of and admiration for the teachings of Jesus have never been equaled by any other president.[3] “Jefferson’s religion…was misunderstood…criticisms came from those who knew neither Jefferson nor his religious beliefs.”[4]   It’s been two centuries since…

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America the Republic: Why We Were Never Constituted as a Pure Democracy

Plato

Lately, there’s been a lot of chatter about our democracy or democratic  form of government. Some political commentators use fear to suggest our “democracy is in peril” if certain people from the opposing political party are elected. Unfortunately, this type of fear mongering has been around since America was constituted. The problem with that critique?…

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Alexis De Tocqueville: The French Man Who Saw America’s Past, Present and Future

“[It’s] the most comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the relationship between character and society in America that has ever been written.”[1] That’s how one historian described Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America; a work many consider among the most influential literary works of the 19th century. Published in two volumes between 1835 and 1840, Alexis…

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