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Thomas Jefferson

Next week President Bush will raise his hand and receive the oath of office. He will promise to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Afterwards, as is the tradition, Mr. Bush will deliver an inaugural address. Anticipating this event I have been reading some of the inaugural speeches of past presidents. […] Read More

No matter what we believe of Jefferson’s faith commitment, he himself believed he was a Christian. In a letter to Charles Thomson, he declared, “I am a real Christian.” Late in life, Jefferson also wrote that he “was a sect to himself.” He served as a delegate to the House of Burgesses in colonial Virginia, […] Read More

Some contemporary Baptists apparently cannot comprehend how born-again Christian Baptists in early 19th-century Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia could willingly praise Jefferson because he vouched for the freedom of all consciences, believer and non-believer alike. Worth an estimated $700,000, it is one of a number of thank-you notes Jefferson wrote to Baptist entities that had […] Read More