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

By Edwin S. Gaustad | Go to book overview

A Note on the Sources

As a public figure, Thomas Jefferson posthumously forsook all obscurity. Every scrap of writing, both private and public, will eventually find its place in the impressive, painstaking Papers of Thomas Jefferson, launched in 1950 and published by Princeton University Press. The First Series (1950-82), under the editorship of Julian Boyd, took twenty-one volumes to reach 1791, a little past the halfway point in Jefferson's life. Under the editorship of John Catanzarati, this series has now brought the total number of volumes to twenty-six, and the chronology to 1793. The first volume in a topical Second Series deserves particular mention: Jefferson's Extracts from the Gospels, edited by Dickinson W. Adams (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983). This invaluable work includes not only a reconstructed "Philosophy of Jesus" and the first photographic reproduction of "The Life and Morals of Jesus" but also the most relevant of Jefferson's letters pertaining to religion. Eugene R. Sheridan's historical introduction, moreover, is of enormous value. No one interested in the religious views of Thomas Jefferson can afford

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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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