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The Conservative “Christianization” of Thomas Jefferson: A New Book Claims America’s Great Champion of Religious Freedom and Tolerance Was Actually Just a Conventionally Devout and Pious Christian. Sadly, Millions of Americans Will Believe It’s True.

by Andrew Levison
David Barton is a well known conservative author and exponent of the “America was originally meant to be a Christian Nation” perspective. His latest book is called The Jefferson Lies–exposing the myths you’ve always believed about Thomas Jefferson.
Aside from some digressions into the subjects of Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemmings and his ownership of slaves, the main thrust of the book is simple. It seeks to show that–aside from what Barton calls a few “nuances of some particular doctrines”–Thomas Jefferson was essentially a conventional, deeply religious Christian.
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