Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty
over 2 years ago
Thomas Jefferson’s seminal contributions – the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom – are usually explained as the outgrowth of his enlightenment-era rationalism. But there’s another part of the story. Jefferson loved Jesus but hated organized Christianity, a tension most dramatically illustrated by his astonishing effort to create his own Bible purged of miracles and supernaturalism. He was spiritual and heretical, a combination that helped define his radical – and historic – approach to religious freedom.