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The Religious Side Of Thomas Jefferson,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Jefferson Bible (Hardcover)
Thomas Jefferson didn't necessarily believe in miracles. But he certainly believed in morals, ethics, and character. His detractors on the Sally Hemmings farce, like author Joseph Ellis, have since been proven to be all wet. Like the other book of the same name, I enjoyed the book, Jefferson Bible, very much. But, it's only half the story, unfortunately. The other half involves Jefferson's values from the secular point of view. The best, perhaps only, book to read for that is (and don't be misled by the title), West Point: Thomas Jefferson: Character Leadership Education, by Norman Thomas Remick. It perfectly compliments Jefferson Bible. In any event, This book by Forrest Church is well presented and certainly well worth reading. It's a great read on TJ's religious beliefs, and a five-star effort.
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Initial post: Jan 24, 2009 8:29:11 AM PST
R. Young says:
Well, actually Jefferson transformed the gospel into a philosophy text rather than a religious one that makes claims about spirits and after-life. It's not a piece of his religious side, but more of his philosophy. So in fact, if you denote Jefferson's "Religious Experience" as an exposure to this work of philosophy, then texts by other philosophers like Condorcet and Cicero are probably even better descriptions of his "Religious Experience".
Posted on Oct 26, 2011 4:05:54 PM PDT
Sly Swann says:
Nice review and I will purchase the book.
Confused about the "Sally Hemmings farce" comment. Surely the writer is aware of DNA testing which confirmed the relationship of Jefferson's white and black descendants? One has only to look at the family reunion photos to see the remarkable physical resemblance of all descendants. Amazing that traits continue with such ferocity so far down the line.
Looking forward to the book!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 12:37:10 PM PDT
as the reviewer noted, "This book by Forrest Church is well presented and certainly well worth reading. It's a great read on TJ's religious beliefs, and a five-star effort. "
The material by Forrest Church is nearly as enlightening as Jefferson's text itself. Highly recommended.
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