Jefferson and the French Connection

Merrill Peterson notes that Jefferson’s ties to France were a big part of the problem.[1] He writes: “Infidelity, Jacobinism, Disunionism—these were the most dreadful evils the people had to fear from the lean and crafty Virginian.” “The source of Jeffferson’s malignity was French philosophy. He was a visionary theorist, ‘a …

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Did Jefferson Hate the Clergy?

Contrary to the modern understanding of Thomas Jefferson, our third president enjoyed many positive relations with various clergymen and active laypeople, the majority of whom were believers in historic Christianity. However, he was the recipient of a vicious attack by northern clergymen during the 1800 election—primarily because of a misinterpretation …

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RIGHTS UNDER THE KING OF KINGS

Jefferson felt that one of his life’s greatest achievements was writing the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, a type of forerunner to our First Amendment with its guarantee of religious freedom. What is interesting about this document is that he bases our freedom on a theological foundation. He writes: “Almighty …

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John Locke and the Declaration of Independence

John Locke was influential to Jefferson’s political thinking. Law professor Gary Amos notes, “One cannot understand John Locke without reading Paul.”[1] He adds, “Intuitive reason, according to Locke, is ‘a revelation from God to us by the voice of reason,’ which causes us to know a natural truth which we had not …

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