The Jefferson Bible, one of the most controversial and influential books of its time, has stood the test of time as one of the most unique and intriguing interpretations of Christianity. Thomas Jefferson, the architect of the United States of America, was a prolific and gifted writer. Toward the end of his life, Jefferson set about on a deep exploration of the life and morals of Jesus Christ.
While it’s today unclear exactly what Jefferson’s personal religious leanings were, in his bible, Jefferson analyzes and extracts the content in the New Testament pertaining to Jesus Christ and pares it down to its most base elements. Subtracting the “supernatural” or “divine” moments attributed to Jesus, Jefferson transforms him from the son of God to a brilliant and challenging philosopher and advocate for peace.
Jefferson, out of love, believed that the best way to spread Jesus’ message of peace and service was by removing the questions of his divinity and focusing instead on the direct messages that he delivered during his time as a preacher/thinker.
This new edition, with a foreword by Forrest Church, allows for an even deeper analysis of Jesus and his teachings by removing “the frills” from the equation. A must-read, regardless of your feelings on Christianity.