Chris (conjurdude) wrote,
Chris
conjurdude

I finally found someone who shares my beliefs on religion...

Jesus..."[like] Socrates & Epictetus ... wrote nothing himself. But he had not, like them, a Xenophon or an Arrian to write for him. On the contrary, all the learned of his country, entrenched in its power and riches, were opposed to him lest his labors should undermine their advantages; and the committing to writing his life and doctrines fell on the most unlettered and ignorant men; who wrote, too, from memory, and not till long after the transactions had passed.

According to the ordinary fate of those who attempted to enlighten and reform mankind, he fell an early victim to the jealousy and combination of the alter and the throne, at about 33 years of age, his reason having not yet attained the maximum of its energy, nor the course of his preaching, which was but of 3 years at most, presented occasions for developing a complete set of morals.

Hence the doctrines which he really delivered were defective as a whole, and fragments only of what he did deliver have come down to us mutilated, misstated, and often unintelligible.

They have been still more disfigured by the corruptions of schismatising followers, who have found an interest in sophisticating and perverting the simple doctrines he taught by engrafting on them the mysticisms of a Grecian sophist, frittering them into subtleties, and obscuring them with jargon, until they have caused good men to reject the whole in disgust and to view Jesus himself as an impostor. Notwithstanding these disadvantages, a system of morals is presented to us, which, if filled up in the true style and spirit of the rich fragments he left us, would be the most perfect and sublime that has ever been taught by man."
-Thomas Jefferson
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