Follower of The Way


QOD

Posted in Government & Politics by sosipater on October 27, 2006

“Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to thepublic affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.”

— Thomas Jefferson (letter to Edward Carrington, 16 January 1787)

Reference: The Learning of Liberty, Prangle, 111.

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  1. johnMark said,

    One can only wonder if Thomas Jefferson would consider one a wolf if they took the deity out of Jesus and the New Testament.

    Nah…I don’t really wonder that…

    Interesting quotes, brother.
    Mark

  2. sosipater said,

    Morkus,
    As I know you are aware, I don’t think Jefferson was using the term ‘wolf” in a religious sense. I know you are a Jefferson “hater”, but I don’t have to believe he was a Christian in order to think he was one of the most brilliant and prophetic leaders and politicians this country has ever seen. Niether do I have to believe that because he wasn’t a Christian that he did not have a decidedly Christian worldview, like most of his era. Common grace man.

  3. johnMark said,

    You know I was pulling your chain. I ain’t the hater. Jefferson was the hater, a God hater. I know that’s beside the point and, yes, he was brilliant. I bet he still has the most brilliant glaze coming forth from his person.

    I’m not saying he didn’t have a moralistic worldview, but Chrsitian? Pseudo-Christian, maybe. When Christ is removed He is denied and, imo, so is the “Christianity”. If Jefferson denied our Lord then on what basis is his worldview? If he simply turned the Bible into a book of morals then wouldn’t his views be then based upon himself? Who else would he look to if denies the Author?

    Anyways, Jefferson was a very smart man. Smarter than me, but I made the better “decision” in life. (smile)

    Mark

  4. sosipater said,

    Ha…I knew you’d like the “hater” tag.

    When I say “decidedly Christian”, I basically mean moralistic. I never said his worldview was consistent, but that even though he denied the truth of who Jesus is (although some say he did acknowledge before he died, who knows?), I believe he still based his moral decisions to a large degree on who Jesus is. This is why I would guess his worldview was foundationally Christian but really messed up when it comes to being consistent. But back to my original point. I think we can still learn a lot from him, especially about government and politics, regardless of his spiritual beliefs. Who started a religious discussion based on his quote anyway??? 😛


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