Thomas Jefferson on “the Precepts of Jesus”

Liberty Letters, Thomas Jefferson, 1820

I hold the precepts of Jesus, as delivered by Himself, to be the most pure, benevolent and sublime which have ever been preached to man. I adhere to the principles of the first age, and consider all subsequent innovations as corruptions of His religion, having no foundation in what came from Him.


Source: Thomas Jefferson letter to Jared Sparks, November 4, 1820, Letters of Thomas Jefferson (Williamsburg, VA: The Williamsburg Foundation, April 27, 1960) Catherine Millard, The Rewriting of America’s History (Camp Hill, PA: Horizon House Publishers, 1991), p. 96. See also the Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams, for similar statements by Jefferson regarding Jesus Christ.


Liberty Letters is a project of The Moral Liberal’s, Editor in Chief, Steve Farrell. Copyright © 2012 Steve Farrell.


The Moral Liberal recommends: The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams