So Jefferson created his own gospel by taking a sharp instrument, perhaps a penknife, to existing copies of the New Testament and pasting up his own account of Christ’s philosophy, distinguishing it from what he called “the corruption of schismatizing followers.”
What religion was Thomas Jefferson?
Like other Founding Fathers, Jefferson was considered a Deist, subscribing to the liberal religious strand of Deism that values reason over revelation and rejects traditional Christian doctrines, including the Virgin Birth, original sin and the resurrection of Jesus.
What did Jefferson say about the Bible?
Jefferson rejected the notion of the Trinity and Jesus’ divinity. He rejected Biblical miracles, the resurrection, the atonement, and original sin (believing that God could not fault or condemn all humanity for the sins of others, a gross injustice).
Was the Bible written by a man?
Having put away childish things, if only for the moment, I now know that the author of the Bible was in fact a man named William Tyndale. For most of us the words of God and the prophets, Jesus and his disciples, resound most powerfully in the Authorized or King James Version of the Scriptures.
What founding fathers were atheist?
Others of our Founding Fathers who were deists were John Adams, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Ethan Allen and Thomas Paine.
Do Deists believe in God?
The basic beliefs of all Deist theologies is that God exists and created the world, but beyond that, God has no active engagement in the world except the creation of human reason, which enables us to find God by doing good.