"I, too, have made a wee-little book from the same materials (The Gospels) which I call the Philosophy of Jesus. It is a paradigma of his doctrines, made by cutting the texts out of the book and arranging them on the pages of a blank book, in a certain order of time or subject. A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen. It is a document in proof that I am a REAL CHRISTIAN, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus, very different from the Platonists, who call ME infidel and THEMSELVES Christians and preachers of the Gospel, while they draw all their characteristic dogmas from what its author never said nor saw. They have compounded from the heathen mysteries a system beyond the comprehension of man, of which the great reformer of the vicious ethics and deism of the Jews, were he to return on earth, would not recognize one feature." —Thomas Jefferson to Charles Thompson
For anyone who says the comments about Jews makes Jefferson a bigot: the god or gods (Elohim is plural, after all) of the first books of the Bible approves of slaughter, rape, and slavery. For anyone who claims Jefferson's keeping of slaves proves he's a hypocrite: when you're right, you're right, no matter how many other times you're wrong.