Thomas Jefferson; Deist or Christian?

I have had many posts on here about the intent of our founding fathers and the mindset of the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights.  I have listened and read where many others claim that Thomas Jefferson, who wrote those immortal words “separation of church and state” in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, was more than likely not religious and pretty much limited his beliefs to Deism.

They usually continue to go on how our founding fathers did not want God in our documents, though He is cited as the Creator, Nature’s God and Supreme Judge in the Declaration of Independence (which was our legal notice to the King of England that we were no longer considering ourselves under his rule).

Now comes along a local talk show host who puts up a quote that says “Marriages prohibited by the Levitical law shall be null: and persons marrying contrary to the prohibition and cohabiting as man and wife, convicted thereof in the General Court, shall be fined from time to time until they separate.”  These words were in a bill introduced in Virginia in a bill entitled “A Bill Annulling the Marriages Prohibited by the Levitical Laws.”

You should now know where this is going, but for those who might not quite get it yet, it was introduced by the one and only Thomas Jefferson.  He also introduced bills entitled:

A bill for Punishing Disturbers of Religious Worshippers and Sabbath Breakers

A resolution of the House of Burgesses Designating a day of Fasting and Prayer


A bill for Appointing Days of Public Fasting and Thanksgiving.

To me, and I would suggest that to anyone of sound mind, this would be strong enough evidence to show Thomas Jefferson was not only a religious man, but a devout one at that.

Now, to the naysayers who would suggest that just because a talk show host said it is so, does not mean it is necessarily true, I concur.  That’s why before posting this I checked the Library of Congress and the Thomas Jefferson Papers are listed there.  This information is also presented in a book by David Barton entitled “The Jefferson Lies – Exposing The Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson”


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2 Responses to Thomas Jefferson; Deist or Christian?

  1. Being a Deist doesn’t make one non-religious or less devout! It’s just a different concept of God’s relationship to humans than the one in Christianity, one requiring more personal responsibility for the Earthly results of behavior than the orthodox version (God’s will) of Jefferson’s time.

  2. I understand the difference between a Deist and a Christian. A lot of claims were Jefferson was either a Deist or an atheist with most leaning towards atheist. With Jefferson introducing a bill annulling marriages that are not in accordance with Levitican law is a reference to the Christian Bible.

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