Jefferson on the Source of Human Liberties

                Thomas Jefferson is popularly portrayed as having the same mindset as many of today’s progressives.  However, this portrayal may fall far short of the truth.  In fact, this portrayal probably falls into the same class as most historical revisionism, that of mere wishful thinking. Jefferson may have been less biblically based than many of his contemporaries, but as the quotes below suggest, he was hardly a holder of a post 60’s mindset. What do you think he would have thought of an American president  who appeared to view our Christian heritage as unnecessary to our continued freedoms and a stumbling block to our diplomacy with the nations of the world?

“Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” [1]                             

[1] From the wall of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The words on the wall are taken as a paraphrase, the original quote is;

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?” [2]

 [2] Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII 1794

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3 Responses to Jefferson on the Source of Human Liberties

  1. Tony J. Bowe says:

    Great quote, Mark. Happy New Year!

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  2. Tony J. Bowe says:

    Haha thanks for looking out for me my man 😉

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