Extract from Thomas Jefferson to William Short

But while this Syllabus is meant to place the character of Jesus in it’s true and high light, as no imposter himself, but a great Reformer of the Hebrew code of religion, it is not to be understood that I am with him in all his doctrines. I am a Materialist; he takes the side of spiritualism: he preaches the efficacy of [. . .] repentance towards forgiveness of sin, I require a counterpoise of good works to redeem it Etc. Etc. it is the innocence of his character, the purity & sublimity of his moral precepts, the eloquence of his inculcations, the beauty of the apologues in which he conveys them, that I so much admire.

RC (ViW: TJP). PoC (DLC).
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
William Short
Date Range
Date
April 13, 1820
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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