Monday, July 4, 2011

The Faith of Our (Deist) Fathers

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." (The unanimous Declaration, adopted by the Continental Congress, July 4, 1776). This sentence summarizes the essence of the document commonly referred to as the "Declaration of Independence." 

Appealing to the "Creator," "Divine Providence," and "the laws of nature and of nature's God," to affirm "self-evident" truths, our Deist Fathers attempt to confirm "truths" not  found in Scripture!

The Jefferson Bible

All those who reverence Jefferson's Declaration and alter ego as "American Scripture," and eulogize the like-minded pseudo sainthood of our founding fathers, would do well to read the "Jefferson Bible." Eliminating angels, miracles, and concluding with the stone sealed sepulcher in his final verse, Jefferson created a "sanitized" version of Scripture to fit his "faith":

"... the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus... will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter" (Jefferson to Adams, April 11, 1823).