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Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man (Quotation)

This is a somewhat-paraphrased version of the following:

"...those who live by mystery & charlatanerie, fearing you would render them useless by simplifying the Christian philosophy, the most sublime & benevolent, but most perverted system that ever shone on man, endeavored to crush your well earnt, & well deserved fame." - Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Priestley, Washington, March 21, 18011

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musketeer54's picture
"Somewhat paraphrased?" You have absolutely turned the meaning of Jefferson's original words upside-down! How dare you use Thomas Jefferson's name to push your own anti-Christian agenda, and to place that lie above Jefferson's actual words as a large-font, bold-type headline that drowns out the truth.
The Arbiter's picture
It is exactly that, paraphrased. I do not think that the top statement represents the beliefs of the Jefferson Monticello folks, it is merely a common enough statement one may find on the Internet. I have seen this version many times citing Jefferson as the author. For someone looking for the entire correct quote, the paraphrased quoted is listed as a reference. I see no anti-Christian agenda here and find the accusation rather ridiculous.
The Arbiter
tj_assessment's picture
I am a high school student doing a personality study on Thomas Jefferson and am struggling to understand some of the quotes and sources provided (about him) on this site. Some form of explanation would be much appreciated!!! thanks :)
RevTjchase's picture
Jefferson belived that the country needed to have the right to believe in whatever they chose rather than have a prescribed national religion. He even went to the trouble of going through his bible and lining out passages that he felt were not acceptable. Although he was part of the relocation of the native american population
Rev Timothy Chase


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