Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Christian Century:
"[Bill] Press performs several valuable services. For one, he makes it pungently clear that ours was not founded as a Christian nation—that, indeed, Jefferson (who published his own edition of the Gospels, eliminating all references to Christ's divinity) and Madison (who opposed having chaplains in Congress and accepted them in the military only if they were volunteers and received no government funds) would quickly be blackballed if they even thought of running for office today. Though he accomplishes it a little crudely, Press deserves credit for standing straight up to the religious right where it is most vulnerable—in its hijacking of Jesus and his message for purposes that run counter to almost everything he stood for."
Thoughts on this passage anyone (note that I'm speaking less to the historical validity of his description, which few of us know enough about, and more to the modern political tone that we're all a little more aware of).


  1. I suppose that he means that Jesus would have been pro-choice!

  2. Wow. It is one thing to say that our nation was not founded as a Christian Nation (which it was not), and another thing to say that our nation was not founded, inter alia (among other things) on Christian principles (which it absolutely was). If you want to see a revolution without God and man as the greatest being, and the result of that revolution, just look at the French Revolution!

    Just my thoughts....

  3. Actually, Jefferson never published his digest version of the gospels. I understand he did not intend to do so at all. It was done so, by Congress, after his death. After all, Jefferson was a very bright man and knew what the political consequences could be. Better to be thought an infidel...

    It would be nice to know what these folks believe Jesus stood for in the first place. But it would be even better to see what they believe the canon of Scripture would say to us today: after all, it is an impossible task to limit scriptural authority to the red letters of a red letter edition, especially when the message in red asserts the authority of what's in black.

    Marcionites of the world unite!