> Jefferson accepts the DOCTRINES of Jesus (sermon on the Mount)
> but NOT his divinity. HUGE difference between your and my
> definition of Christian.
Jefferson never stated that Jesus was not Divine. I challenge you to find these words in anything he wrote. I've gone over everything I can find on Jefferson. I don't see it anywhere.
You have to understand me. I thought he was a "deist" as well until I did some investigation. I'm only interested in the truth.
> Jefferson also had slaves (i.e. not Christian in his ACTIONS).
Perfection is not a prerequisite of being a Christian, only to believe and follow as best you can. I do not promote that Jefferson was a perfect man. Only the truth about him. To say that he wasn't a good man is to say that King Solomon or King David weren't good either because they had many wives and children. Or because David sent Bathsheba's husband off to be killed in war. Yet God still loved and blessed them. Jefferson was a "sinner" just like the rest of us. The Bible preaches that "all men fall short of the glory of God". It makes no pretense otherwise.
PBS presented a show about 6 months ago on Thomas Jefferson. It seems that his slaves were treated as paid servents. The archaeological dig revealed that the slaves/servants owned valuable personal property. Valuables such as gold coins, porcelainware, clothing, etc. The investigation showed that they all ate very well, also. He did need them to tend his large self-supportive farm and they were well taken care of.
Jefferson loved and fathered children with one of his slaves Sally Hemings after his wife's death. He was a lonely man. But the fact that her children also inherited his personal property is proof that he was good man and he considered her of high esteem. And his slaves were set free upon his death. But most stayed on as hired servants because they loved Monticello.