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"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature." --- Jefferson "Question with boldness the existence of God. I do not believe any of the Christian doctrines. The greatest enemies of Jesus [are the docrines and creeds of the church]. --- Jefferson "During almost fifteen centuries the legal establishment known as Christianity has been on trial and what have been the fruits, more or less, in all places? These are the fruits: pride, indolence, ignorance and servility in the laity, and in both clergy and laity, superstition, bigotry and persecution." --- Madison Sources: "In God We Trust," by Norman Cousins; "George Washington," by Paul Boller; "Man and God in Washington," by Paul Blanshard; "The Jefferson-Adams Letters; Thomas Jefferson," edited by Merrill Peterson; "The Complete Madison," edited by Saul Padover; and "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin." If these sentiments surprise you, then perhaps you didn't know that the founding fathers were Deists and they lived at the peak of the Enlightenment. My dictionary defines "deism" as "The belief, claiming foundation solely upon the evidence of reason, in the existence of God as the creator of the universe who after setting it in motion abandoned it, assumed no control over life, exerted no influence on natural phenomena, and gave no supernatural revelation.

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