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Humanists Create New 'Jefferson Bible;' Deliver Copies to Obama, Congress
A national humanist organization has created a new version of the "Jefferson Bible," which attempts to distinguish the good passages from the bad in several religious texts, and has sent copies of the book to President Barack Obama and current members of Congress.
When Thomas Jefferson created The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth â€“ more commonly known as the "Jefferson Bible" â€“ in 1820, he did so by extracting the moral teachings and non-miraculous activities of Jesus Christ from the four New Testament Gospels. Following in Jefferson's footsteps, the American Humanist Association (AHA) has created A Jefferson Bible for the Twenty-First Century by deciding which religious passages are or are not worthy of one's attention.
The book, published by the Humanist Press of the AHA, includes Jefferson's edition of the Bible as well as edited versions of the Book of Mormon, the Hebrew Bible, the...