The Jefferson Bible

I need to get my punches in on Sharron Angle while I can.

From her recent interview:

“Actually, Thomas Jefferson has been misquoted, like I’ve been misquoted out of context. Thomas Jefferson was actually addressing a church and telling them through his address that there had been a wall of separation put up between the church and the state precisely to protect the church.”

I’m sure Jefferson was quoted out of context on more than one occasion, but attempting to argue that Jefferson was actually all Church + State = BFF seems a little ridiculous. We’re talking about a guy who believed so strongly in Christianity as a philosophy, and not a religion, that he re-edited the bible:

The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was Thomas Jefferson’s effort to extract the doctrine of Jesus by removing sections of the New Testament containing supernatural aspects as well as perceived misinterpretations he believed had been added by the Four Evangelists.


The Jefferson Bible begins with an account of Jesus’s birth without references to angels, genealogy, or prophecy. Miracles, references to the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus, and Jesus’ resurrection are also absent from the Jefferson Bible. The work ends with the words: “Now, in the place where he was crucified, there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus. And rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.” These words correspond to the ending of John 19 in the Bible.


I’m not sure that Sharron Angle would enjoy what’s left after that cutting: it’s all about feeding the poor and embracing strangers even if they’re different than you.