The book (Doubting Thomas) contains NEW information that is not widely known….
For example, Thomas Jefferson helped start a church in 1777 (the Calvinistical Reformed Church of Charlottesville, VA) with the Rev. Charles Clay, an evangelical, as the minister.
The book contains two of the sermons of Rev. Clay—never ever before in print until this book. They are evangelical (and evangelistic) and Thomas Jefferson helped support this guy’s ministry. Thomas Jefferson even wrote up the agreement for the creation of this church.
This was a year after he wrote the Declaration and the same year as the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.
Later, Thomas Jefferson PRIVATELY shared with people growing doubts about the Trinity, the Divinity of Jesus, etc. But to take the Thomas Jefferson of 1813 (who denied the Trinity) and impose that on his writings of 1776 and 1777 (when he helped create a local orthodox church) is bad history. But that’s precisely what has been done.
Our book provides strong evidence, I believe, for two points: Thomas Jefferson was not a lifelong skeptic. Thomas Jefferson did not believe in the separation of God and state.
Yet in his name, we are constantly ripped away from our nation’s true heritage and our rights are being stripped away because of the strict “separation of church and state,” a reference he made in a private letter in 1802. In that very letter, if you want to get technical, Thomas Jefferson violated the separation of church and state by asking the recipients of the letter (the Danbury Baptists) to pray to God for him and he said he would pray for them. So the very letter that gave us the separation of church and state violates the separation of church and state—based on today’s twisted reading of that doctrine.
As president, Thomas Jefferson constantly attended Christian worship services that were held at the US Capitol. But what about the separation of church and state?, someone might ask. Again, Thomas Jefferson didn’t believe in the separation of God and state.
In short, the Thomas Jefferson of the ACLU is an historical fiction. Doubting Thomas seeks to set the record straight.