Context is everything, especially when the subject of the quoted passage was Jefferson railing against those that perverted the words and deeds of Jesus."The truth is that the greatest enemies to the doctrines of Jesus are those calling themselves the expositors of them, who have perverted them for the structure of a system of fancy absolutely incomprehensible, and without any foundation in his genuine words. And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors."
Did I light a fire?
Jefferson's own words declare him a Christian. Any other views ignore that fact.
Well, here's the thing. Jefferson calls himself a Christian.
But if he didn't believe that Jesus was the son of God; did not believe in miracles; did not believe in The Resurrection; thought the writers of the New Testament were befuddled; would you call him a Christian?
A rhetorical question surely, since your opinion and preference is simply that - your opinion and preference. I have heard Christians speak that I know would welcome TJ into their ranks and call him "Brother". But I have heard others speak who would ostracize him, excoriate him, and call him a "non-bleever". I referenced one of those groups.
Was he? I guess if Jefferson says he is a Christian, then so be it; he is. My participation in this thread was fairly clumsy, but my point is that there are some who call themselves Christian who say Jefferson was not Christian; there are others who call themselves Christian who say Jefferson was indeed Christian.
I will not be offended if one of you Christians points out that since I am a non-Christian I am not qualified to judge.
And in conclusion:
I'm a Christian, if I'm wrong I lose nothing, if you're not a Christian and you're wrong, you lose everything.
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