However, I will gladly share some quotes with you from the man himself:
My views...are the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from the anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions.
--Letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, April 21, 1803To the corruptions of Christianity I am, indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian in the only sense in which he wished anyone to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines in preference to all others...
--Letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, April 21, 1803In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
--A National Prayer For Peace, March 4, 1805Extremely contrarian to what the humanist.org website tries to tell you, isn't it?A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen; it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian; that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.
--Letter to Charles Thomson, January 9, 1816, regarding his book, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth:
Really? Tell me more, please...OK. But just because you haven't seen it, doesn't mean it's not there.
Why is it the "Jefferson Bible" exists? Can you tell me what his reasoning for making it was?About the only thing I could recommend is that you go to The Smithsonian Institution and ask if you can read The Jefferson Bible for yourself. Who knows? Maybe they'll let you.