Thomas jeffersons religious beliefs have long been a subject of public discussion and were a critical topic in several of his important political campaigns as he was viciously and unfairly attacked for alleged atheism jefferson took the issue of religion very seriously. I highly recommend this book to understand jeffersons religious ideas but to get historical context for the development of this ideas i recommend as a companion book sworn on the altar of god by edwin gaustad together the two books give a complete potrait of jeffersons religious life. The religious views of thomas jefferson diverged widely from the orthodox christianity of his era throughout his life jefferson was intensely interested in theology religious studies and morality jefferson was most comfortable with deism rational religion and unitarianism he was sympathetic to and in general agreement with the moral precepts of christianity. In this new study we have a comprehensive account of jeffersons religious thought one that provides information about his beliefs and practices that will help remove any misconceptions about his religious life jefferson has long been recognized as a creative thinker ahead of his time. Thomas jefferson one of our famed american founding fathers was born on april 13 1743 most famously he was the principal author of the declaration of independence 1776 and served as john adams vice president before he became the third president of the united states in 1801
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