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The Jefferson Bible – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 11th, 2012 · No Comments · Christianity, History, Morality, Politics, Religion, US Politics

(Thomas) Jefferson wanted to rescue all this from what the evangelists had pasted into the pages of the Bible, which seemed to be:

“of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same Being. I separate, therefore, the gold from the dross; restore to Him the former, and leave the latter to the stupidity of some, and the roguery of others of His disciples.”

And so he produced The Jefferson Bible, subtitled The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazerth, in which he stripped out the miracles but retained the moral teachings. Jefferson removes the overlays from the biblical palimpsest.

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