Thomas Jefferson Writes About the Christian Religion

Written by on October 12, 2013 in Christian History

On August 6, 1816, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Mrs. Harrison Smith regarding his letter to Charles Thomson, January 9, 1816: “I recognize the same motives of goodness in the solicitude you express on the rumor supposed to proceed from a letter of mine to Charles Thomson, on the subject of the Christian religion.

It is true that, in writing to the translator of the Bible and Testament, that subject was mentioned; but equally so that no adherence to any particular mode of Christianity was there expressed, nor any change of opinions suggested. “A change from what? That priests indeed have heretofore thought proper to ascribe to me religious, or rather anti-religious sentiments, of their own fabric, but such as soothed their resentments against the Act of Virginia for establishing religious freedom. “They wished him to be thought atheist, deist or devil, who could advocate freedom from their religious dictations.
But I have ever thought religion a concern purely between our God and our consciences, for which we were accountable to Him, and not to the priests&;. “I have ever judged of the religion of others by their lives and by this test my dear Madam, I have been satisfied yours must be an excellent one to have produced a life of such exemplary virtue and correctness. For it is in our lives, and not from our words, that our religion must be read;.”

Read and Reflect: Read James 2:14-26 and reflect on Jefferson’s contrast between words and deeds. Prayer: Heavenly […]


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