This is a summary view of that religious slavery, under which a people have been willing to remain, who have lavished their lives and fortunes for the establishment of their civil freedom. They do not hang more malefactors than we do.
They i. Pennsylvania and New York are not more disturbed with religious dissensions. On the contrary, their harmony is unparalleled, and can be ascribed to nothing but their unbounded tolerance, because there is no other circumstance in which they differ from every nation on earth. They have made the happy discovery, that the way to silence religious disputes, is to take no notice of them. Let us too give this experiment fair play, and get rid, while we may, of those tyrannical laws.
To say that the human soul, angels, god, are immaterial, is to say they are nothings , or that there is no god, no angels, no soul. I cannot reason otherwise: but I believe I am supported in my creed of materialism by Locke, Tracy, and Stewart. At what age of the Christian church this heresy of immaterialism , this masked atheism, crept in, I do not know. But heresy it certainly is. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.
Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. Weightman, June 24, This was the last letter Jefferson ever wrote.
He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
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This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or free exercise of religion, but from that also which reserves to the states the powers not delegated to the United States.
Certainly, no power to prescribe any religious exercise or to assume authority in religious discipline has been delegated to the General Government. It must then rest with the states, as far as it can be in any human authority. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries. His object was the reformation of some articles in the religion of the Jews, as taught by Moses.
That sect had presented for the object of their worship, a being of terrific character, cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust. Jesus, taking for his type the best qualities of the human head and heart, wisdom, justice, goodness, and adding to them power, ascribed all of these, but in infinite perfection, to the Supreme Being, and formed him really worthy of their adoration. Moses had either not believed in a future state of existence, or had not thought it essential to be explicitly taught to his people.
Jesus inculcated that doctrine with emphasis and precision. Moses had bound the Jews to many idle ceremonies, mummeries and observances, of no effect towards producing the social utilities which constitute the essence of virtue; Jesus exposed their futility and insignificance.
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The one i. Moses instilled into his people the most anti-social spirit towards other nations; the other preached philanthropy and universal charity and benevolence. The office of reformer of the superstitions of a nation, is ever dangerous. Jesus had to walk on the perilous confines of reason and religion: and a step to right or left might place him within the grip of the priests of the superstition, a blood thirsty race, as cruel and remorseless as the being whom they represented as the family God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, and the local God of Israel. Source: Thomas Jefferson, Works , Vol.
In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds.
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It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills. Jesus by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being. If ever man worshiped a false God, he did.
The being described in his five points is It would be more pardonable to believe in no God at all, than to blaspheme him by the atrocious attributes of Calvin". Benjamin Rush, Sept.
Gaustad came up with the slogan "Istook is Mistook," a phrase that would become popular in the campaign against the amendment. Gaustad also served as an expert witness in for the Federal court case Glassroth v. Moore ,  which concerned the placement of a stone Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda of the Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building in Montgomery, Alabama. In his testimony, Gaustad referenced Thomas Jefferson's "undying anxiety of anything that would bring church and state together. Gaustad was a prolific writer that believed in the separation of church and state education.
However, he still thought that both were important, even saying that the Great Awakening not only helped religion, but also helped the thought process in America. He is quoted to have said that "Religion involves both the heart and the mind. Education, likewise, involves both the heart and the mind. He dedicated his voice and pen to the preservation of the best of Baptist principles, and demonstrated time and timeagain that American history cannot be fully understood apart from inclusion of the religious dimension of the American story.
Throughout his scholarship, Gaustad sought to remind Americans that understanding religious dissent is necessary both for understanding and for living the America's religious experience. In Dissent in American Religion , Gaustad wrote that "In the first century, amidst a plethora of fresh dissent, the sober counsel was 'Test everything; hold fast what is good.
Gaustad is remembered as one of the foremost historians of religion in America, but his friends and colleagues noted that he was also "a gracious scholar, always taking time to help others —which is the mark of a truly great man. Gaustad held a lifelong love for Baylor University and often taught there as a visiting professor.
On several occasions, he also lectured for the J. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies. When he died he left his scholarly library and personal papers to Baylor's Central Libraries Special Collections.
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Most of the books in his collection pertain to church history and American history, and his personal papers include manuscripts, correspondence, and his research notes. These papers will remain sealed until From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gaustad" PDF. Baylor Bio. Baylor University. Retrieved 3 January Journal of Church and State. Retrieved April 4, The Washington Post. Retrieved May 30, May 30, Veterans History project. March 6, Retrieved June 4, The New York Times.
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