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5.0 von 5 Sternen Jesus Escaped the Fundamentalists!
This work condenses the scattered faith documents that are the "Gospels" into a kernel of real truth. It is a truly remarkable piece of work for those of us who believe Christ is more than the charicature that many zealots paint him as today. Jefferson deduced the real message in the New Testament, which was a call to live a better, more ethical life. He...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Ignorance + Arrogance = "Enlightenment"
Thomas Jefferson was a man of the (self-described) Enlightenment. Not knowing anything about Christianity, he hated it. He disbelieved in all of its central tenets -- that Christ was Christ, not simply a "moral teacher"; that He was born of a virgin; that he rose on the third day according to the Scriptures; that He ascended into the Heavens; and that he...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Jesus Escaped the Fundamentalists!, 21. März 2000
This work condenses the scattered faith documents that are the "Gospels" into a kernel of real truth. It is a truly remarkable piece of work for those of us who believe Christ is more than the charicature that many zealots paint him as today. Jefferson deduced the real message in the New Testament, which was a call to live a better, more ethical life. He saw through the amalgam of Greek mythology, cynic-style homilies, and cosmic-battle cultic material that was mish-mashed together by 2nd century apologists to create a life for a man whose very existence is debatable. Christ is a concept and a model, not a god! Jefferson indeed created a bible that can be used as a life tool, not a tool of oppression and coersion with which one can be saved or damned.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Jesus without the miracles!, 20. April 2000
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Jefferson presents a picture of Jesus that is very compelling. In this work, there is no healing of the sick or walking on water. What Jefferson puts much attention to is Jesus's use of parables asa way to tell his stories. Even though, I am no longer religious at heart this book was very thought provoking.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Jesus as accessible moral leader, 29. Oktober 1999
I have always been interested in Thomas Jefferson. He is one of the most enigmatic of American heroes. All the ambiguity of Jefferson is well documented so I will not go into that here. I also have to state that I have a curiosity about religion and spirituality without embracing any denomination or sect. This made the Jefferson Bible doubly appealing to me. It was an opportunity to get a glimpse of Jeffersons thoughts and beliefs as well as seeing Jesus in a different light. I greatly appreciate being able to read about Jesus removed from the rest of the Bible. This secularizing of Jesus will probably be viewed as blasphemous by some Christians but I found it to be most rewarding. It was great to just view Jesus as the wonderful moral teacher that he was without having some overbearing, self righteous religious fanatic screaming and ranting incoherently. This book brought me closer to Jesus simply by not having to listen to all the negatives trappings many of his so-called followers have tacked on to his message. This is a valuable book on both the philosophical and historical level. It should be read in colleges around the country. I gained a greater appreciation of both Jesus and Jefferson through reading this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen What Jesus said, 8. Mai 2000
Jesus taught that religion comes from the heart, and not from books or ancient laws.
When Jesus spoke about the priests of Jerusalem, he quoted Issiah. Matthew 15:7-9 You hypocrites! Issiah was right when he prophesied about you: These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.
It is easy to see how this also apples to today's fundamentalists.
Jefferson focuses on the simple clear message of Jesus.
Matthew 22:36-40 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."
Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do on to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the Prophets.
Nothing could be simpler.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not Simply Cut and Paste, 25. Februar 2000
For those who continually aspire to know Jefferson, it comes as know surprise that his vanity led him to rewrite the bible to suit his own religiosity. Rewrite is a strong phrase really. Jefferson worked over many years (perhaps for only a few hours a week) to put together this final version of the bible. At one level this is simply a cut and paste project. Portions of the bible, those that reflect the morality and courage of Jesus the teacher, have been pieced together and presented as a fairly smooth story. The result is a masterful work which pierces through religious dogma (and, to be honest, anything requiring "great faith") and brings the essence of Christ's work to the forefront. What was so astounding about this work, besides its readability, was its simplicity. While a cut and paste job for sure, this was not a haphazard project (although the end of the text seems hastened). This is a must read for every student of history, and is strongly recommended for those who desire to come to a fuller understanding of two great minds.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Should be required reading for all so-called Christians., 29. Juni 1999
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Perhaps the best review is to let Jefferson speak for himself: "To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed, but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian in the only sense in which he wished anyone to be: sincerely attached to his doctrines in preference to all others and ascribing to him every human excellence, believing he never claimed any other" (from a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, April 21, 1803).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A brilliant mans take on morality., 23. Juni 1999
This book goes deep into the root of what is missing in America today. Morality. Written by possibly one of the greatest minds ever, Jefferson goes into the meaning of the Bible.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Ignorance + Arrogance = "Enlightenment", 27. August 1999
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Thomas Jefferson was a man of the (self-described) Enlightenment. Not knowing anything about Christianity, he hated it. He disbelieved in all of its central tenets -- that Christ was Christ, not simply a "moral teacher"; that He was born of a virgin; that he rose on the third day according to the Scriptures; that He ascended into the Heavens; and that he will come again in glory, to judge the living and the dead, among others.
Yet, Jefferson called Jesus Christ "the greatest moral teacher." How could he avoid concluding that He was simply a liar or a lunatic, in light of His claims to be the "Son of Man" and "the Way, the Truth, and the Light"? Simply, he argued that His Apostles had "made it all up." The Scriptures, if Jefferson was right, were just one big lie.
Pity Jefferson. Having no familiarity whatsoever with the writings of the Church Fathers (knowledge of the works of St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. John the Theologian's student at the end of the first century and author of several surviving epistles mandating obedience to one's bishop, might have spared Jefferson the writing of his tres embarrassing "Notes on Episcopacy"), he dared to declare the Church a cabal for "priestcraft's" sake.
Silly idea, that hundreds of thousands of people would conspire to become monks in the deserts of Egypt (routinely 120 degrees in the shade), Palestine, etc. Crazy of Saul of Tarsus to give up a position of esteem among his own people for the life of a peripatetic outcast. The only explanation of these phenomena I can arrive at is that these people thought what they were doing was based on Truth.
One can grant Jefferson a little wiggle room, in light of his assumption that Roman Catholicism was the oldest variant of Christianity still extant. Yet, others in his day (including other members of the Virginia elite) knew the history of the Church well enough to be familiar with Greek Orthodoxy. (Why did Jefferson insist on equating papal abuses with "Christianity"?) They, unlike Jefferson, did not have a pathological ("sinful"?) aversion to the idea that anyone knew more than they, that their minds were the limit of wisdom. They didn't live the life of Epicurus on a mountaintop like this red-headed prodigal, supported in luxury by their slaves. They had not all bought into Satan's sin.
Jefferson didn't know, as we have seen in the last 8 years, that there is a surviving manuscript in Greek from the first century of a large portion of the Gospel of Matthew JUST AS WE HAVE IT, in biblical Greek. So much for the grand conspiracy to make "Jesus" into God. I guess He was God. What does that mean to Thomas Jefferson, wherever he is now?
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