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Our Founding Fathers were rather smart men.

January 29, 2010

Quote of the day:

I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.

— Thomas Jefferson

(I found the above quote via Orson Scott Card’s column “Uncle Orson Reviews Everything” at his website hatrack.com.  He doesn’t actually review everything but he does review a great variety of things.  Kind of like this blog … he writes about whatever he wants to write about and that makes the column fun and interesting.  I highly recommend it.)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2010 12:11 am

    I disagree with Jefferson on this, of course, but I have to give him props for being *really* ballsy. He actually re-wrote the bible so it was more to his liking. Google “The Jefferson Bible” if you haven’t heard of it.

    Thinking of atheists I like (Okay, Jefferson was a deist but close enough for a bad segue 🙂 ) do you ever watch Pat Condell’s videos on YouTube?

  2. Michele permalink*
    January 30, 2010 9:55 am

    I might not know enough history to say this but Thomas Jefferson is probably my most favorite President.

    Thanks for the information.

    And I do watch Pat Condell. He’s brilliant!

  3. February 2, 2010 11:51 am

    I like Ol’ Jeff too, but you might also recall that he had time and resources available to write the Declaration of Independence and lead the Continental Congress in Philadelphia due to the fact that he was also an unrepentant slave driver.

    His family fortune, which was depleted mainly due to Thomas’ impractical development of the Monticello estate, had been built on the backs of slaves, allowing him plenty of free time to pursue more gentlemanly activities, such as “examining all the known superstitions in the world.”

    Meanwhile, the abolistionist movement at that time originated in various Christian congregations throughout the colonies, but particularly in the north. If it weren’t for the leadership of good, God-fearing folk, there may never have been a push against slavery in the United States for a much longer period of time.

    If you’re keeping score on “redeeming features”, chalk up 1 for Christianity, 0 for TJ.

  4. Michele permalink*
    February 3, 2010 11:51 am

    You’re correct Rob but I still like the quote. 🙂

    While our Judeo-Christian traditions and background were critical to the development of Western civilization, one doesn’t have to be a believer to “do good.”

  5. August 16, 2010 11:08 am

    Curiously, this quote is unavailable further back than 10 years.

  6. Michele permalink*
    August 16, 2010 12:09 pm

    Interesting. Jefferson may not have been the source of that quote:
    http://wiki.monticello.org/mediawiki/index.php/Superstition_of_Christianity_%28Quotation%29

    Oh, well. I still find the quote appealing.

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