Sworn on the Altar of God: A Religious Biography of Thomas Jefferson

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The Religious Reformer

"I separate, therefore, the gold from the dross."
(1820)

After Thomas Jefferson left the White House in March of 1809, he rarely left his Virginia hilltop home, and then only to spend a few weeks in his summer home, Poplar Forest, some ninety miles — a three-day journey — southwest of Monticello. The retirement from public life that he thought might come when he left George Washington's cabinet at the end of 1793 was at last his. The restless mind now had freedom to turn to any number of subjects — beyond politics — that continued to challenge and intrigue. Among those subjects, none stood higher than religion.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xii
  • 1: The Anglican 1
  • 2: Student of the Enlightenment 16
  • 3: The Revolutionary 42
  • 4: The Statesman 77
  • 5: The Religious Reformer 111
  • 6: The Educator 147
  • 7: The Eternal Vigil 181
  • 8: A Religion for the People 210
  • A Note on the Sources 229
  • Index 241
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