"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
Packard Humanities Institute: The Papers of Benjamin Franklin
And if you think being a deist some how means Jefferson doesn't believe in God, then you really need to read up on what deism is:I Believe there is one Supreme most perfect Being, Author and Father of the Gods themselves.
Deism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
99percenter thinks all the Founding Fathers were atheists or deists. We've tried to inform him, but he wants to believe what he wants to believe.
When taking the Oath of Office for President or Congressperson, do they take the part about upholding the Constitution seriously?
I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
I say it with meaning and conviction. IMHO if each of us strove to live to this ideal all the complaints I've read in this thread about our nation's "faults" would disappear.
in unspoken fears.
"My parents had given me betimes religions impressions, and I received from my infancy a pious education in the principles of Calvinism. But scarcely was I arrived at fifteen years of age, when, after having doubted in turn of different tenets, according as I found them combated in the different books that I read, I began to doubt of Revelation itself" (Autobiography, p. 66).
"The time which I devoted to these exercises, and to reading, was the evening after my day's labor was finished, the morning before it began, and Sundays when I could escape divine service. While I lived with my father, he had insisted on my punctual attendance on public worship, and I still indeed considered it as a duty, but a duty which I thought I had no time to practice" (Ibid. P. 16).
"When he explained to me his tenets, I found many absurdities which I refused to admit. ... Keimer wore his beard long, because Moses had somewhere said, 'Thou shalt not mar the corners of thy beard.' He likewise observed the Sabbath; and these were with him two very essential points. I disliked them both" (Autobiography, p. 40).
"Revelation, indeed, as such had no influence on my mind" (Ibid, p. 67).
"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life I absented myself from Christian assemblies."
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