AHA News |  

American Humanist Association Creates Jefferson Bible For 21st Century

By Kimberly Winston, 

(RNS) Thomas Jefferson is back in Washington -- in the form of a new edition of the "Jefferson Bible" distributed to politicians by a national humanist organization.

The American Humanist Association has delivered electronic and paperback copies of Jefferson's highly edited version of the Gospels to all incoming members of Congress and to President Obama.

The so-called "Jefferson Bible" was handcrafted by the second president with a razor blade and a paste pot. He cut what he considered supernatural events -- the virgin birth, miracles and healings -- from the story of Jesus' life, and pasted together what remained. In letters to John Adams, Jefferson described this as tearing down the "artificial scaffolding" from Jesus' teachings.

A new version published by Humanist Press takes Jefferson's idea further. In addition to Jefferson's text, "A Jefferson Bible For the 21st Century," includes what its editors consider the best and the worst of the sacred texts of other world religions -- the Hebrew Tanakh, the Quran, the Bhagavad Gita, Buddhist Sutras and the Book of Mormon.

To read the rest of this Huffington Post article, click here.

To preview or purchase A Jefferson Bible for the Twenty-First Century, click here.

American Humanist Association

Here is the newest episode of The Cartoon History of Humanism. Enjoy! Get TheH...

17 hours ago

American Humanist Association

An easy to follow video illustrating the separation of church and state and the...

22 hours ago

American Humanist Association

Words are commonly used improperly. Here is one example of why you should actual...

24 hours ago

American Humanist Association

To some, Humanism and Hedonism are one in the same. Is that really all there is...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week's Humanist Hour Podcast features Bob Ready and Sarah Henry as they tal...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Update to the football prayer controversy happening at a Gainesville, GA High Sc...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Fred Edwords reports from this year's Colorado Secular Conference! Get TheHuman...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Two weeks ago, AHA's Maggie Ardiente and Roy Speckhardt traveled to Oxford, Engl...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

The United Coalition of Reason is a national non-profit organization that helps...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Is it really that "tragic and bizarre" to remove bibles from hotels rooms in ord...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Throwing some separation of church and state history at you!

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Why does the media usually portray atheists as pretentious, white men? Time to c...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

The Fields Medal has been awarded to up to four mathematicians every four years...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

The nature of the backlash to our recent legal case concerning pray in public sc...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Friday!

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Religious differences within the family unit can be difficult. How do you feel a...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Here is an update to our on-going Carroll County, Maryland case involving prayer...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Back to school time! Let's take a look at the most and least religious colleges...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Anyone need a laugh? I sure do! Warning: Language!

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Should someone's religious belief allow them to do whatever they want? No! Get...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

In November, 2014, a new film is coming out about the life of Stephen Hawking. T...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

AHA legal director David Niose on football and Christian politics in Georgia.

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Yesterday, the beautiful and talented Lauren Bacall passed away. Just one of th...

9 days ago