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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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ebturner 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.

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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.
such a briliant man! che
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.
MamaLucia Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Indeed. One does have to wonder what all the bullying is in aid of ... :(
It was never an attempt at getting people to believe in god, it was always about control. At heart I think that's what a lot of religion is.
MamaLucia Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Why is it that so many people only feel in control when they are bullying?
Its easier than trying to figure things out and explain it to others, especially when your position makes no sense in the first place.

When you have used your belief of god to bludgeon people into obedience you can't then turn around and "you know what, actually guys this doesn't make sense"

Terrible, but true.
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