VIDEO: [Daily Wire] Ben Shapiro speaks with author and Wallbuilders founder David Barton about Thomas Jefferson and his two synoptic bibles that he abridged to better evangelize to native Americans. [Jun. 30, 2019]
A couple of years ago, I teamed up with a pastor from Jefferson’s hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, Dr. Mark Beliles, to write a book on the faith of our third president. The book is “Doubting Thomas: The Religious Life and Legacy of Thomas Jefferson” (MorganJames, 2014).
There are two main points to our book.
1. Whatever serious doubts he may have privately held later in life, Jefferson was not a lifelong skeptic. In fact, when he was most productive and helpful to the country, he was from all outward appearances a practicing Christian. This would include when he wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom (1777, passed in 1786), which says that because of the example of the “holy author of our religion” (Jesus), people should be free to believe or disbelieve.
2. Regardless of whatever theological unorthodoxy he held (later in life), he did not believe in the separation of God and government – which is the way the ACLU and other secularists try to portray him.
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