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Jefferson. by AAtheist Jefferson. by AAtheist
Jefferson really had this thing about christianity. Kind of impressive considering when he lived.

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ediblepastries Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is why I cringe when people claim, this is a "Christian Nation" it shows ignorance of what people like Madison, Jefferson, or Paine believed.
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GodDragonKing Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Yeah. I don't agree with our founders on everything, but this was a topic they knew what they doing on.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
You are absolutely correct.
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ebturner Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Right before that, he states, "Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor morum over each other. Is uniformity attainable?"

The implication is made more clear when read in context. He is understood to be talking about one denomination or faith or religion or sect (or whatever you care to call it) taking control of all religion. He saw the benefit of a "marketplace of ideas' even in the religious realm - a democracy within religion if you will.

Personally, I could care less if you blast religion or Christianity. Truth is, Jefferson was not a Christian by the standards of our day or really even by the standards of his day.

For more information see: etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/…

Or...

www.monticello.org/site/jeffer…

Cheers...
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
He certainly did, he also said, "In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own."

Actually to be honest I don't see how your context changes the message in any way at all? Yes he was saying that diversity of religious beliefs is better than attempting to make one single religious belief supreme over all. But it still in no way changes the statement he is making in the sentence quoted above.
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Waracki99 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
such a briliant man! che
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Absolutely :)

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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Certainly Jefferson had this thing about fanatical, intolerant and superstitious manifestations of Christianity, and he had a horror of Calvinism which I can identify with- the grotesque idea of predestination. His going through the New Testament revealing all the miraculous claims was also a bold thing to do at the time. Great chap, Jefferson, one of the men I admire the most.
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AAtheist Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Absolutely :)
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MamaLucia Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Indeed. One does have to wonder what all the bullying is in aid of ... :(
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