Thomas Jefferson on the Ethics of Jesus, the Jews, and the Philosophers

Syllabus of an Estimate of the Merit of the Doctrines of Jesus, compared with those of others. In a comparative view of the Ethics of the enlightened nations of antiquity, of the Jews, and of Jesus, no notice should be taken of the corruptions of reason among the ancients, to wit, the idolatry and superstition …

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Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush on Christianity

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TO DOCTOR BENJAMIN RUSH. Washington, April 21, 1803. Dear Sir, In some of the delightful conversations with you, in the evenings of 1798-99, and which served as an anodyne to the afflictions of the crisis through which our country was then laboring, the Christian religion was sometimes our topic: and I then promised you, that, …

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