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Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States: Deist or Christian? Dr. Chaps interviews Jerry Newcombe about new evidence in his book, "Doubting Thomas".
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Tonight's Topic: Thomas Jefferson and Religion. What did Thomas Jefferson believe?
Special Guests: Jerry Newcombe and Mark Beliles
"DOUBTING THOMAS? The Religious Life and Legacy of Thomas Jefferson" by MARK A. BELILES and JERRY NEWCOMBE deals with the faith---or the lack thereof---of one of our most important founding fathers. But this volume provides NEW information, some of which has not been in print before. To learn more about the book, see www.americapublications.org DOUBTING THOMAS contains previously unpublished documents including a dozen religious letters by Jefferson and two sermons by his pastor Charles Clay. Jefferson voluntarily joined and donated to Clay’s Calvinistical Reformed Church of Charlottesville.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty,and the puruit of happiness." Thomas Jefferson
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Jefferson gives his assessment of the author of and book of Revelation in the Bible:“It is between fifty and sixty years since I read it and I then considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams.” (Thomas Jefferson, Letter to General Alexander Smyth, January 17, 1825)Jefferson put together his own bible called the “Jefferson Bible” in which he took out certain passages of scripture while throwing out the rest considering it as dung:“The greatest of all the Reformers of the depraved religion of his own country, was Jesus of Nazareth… Abstracting what is really his from the rubbish in which it is buried, easily distinguished by its luster from the dross of his biographers, and as separable as the diamond from the dung hill.” (Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Short, October 31, 1819)Jefferson blasphemes account of Ten Commandments in the Bible:“where get we the ten commandments? The book indeed gives them to us verbatim, but where did it get them? For itself tells us they were written by the finger of God on tables of stone, which were destroyed by Moses. But the whole history of these books is so defective and doubtful, that it seems vain to attempt minute inquiry into it and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the text of other books relating to them, that we have a right from that cause to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine.” (Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814)
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Three strong women whose books bring strong, diverse women from history to life. That's who we feature on this episode of the Literary New England Radio Show. Join us for compelling interviews and book giveaways as host Cindy Wolfe Boynton talks with:
Allison Pataki on The Accidental Empress
Hazel Gaynor on A Memory of Violets
Marci Jefferson on Girl on the Golden Coin
If you can't listen live, be sure to download the episode as an iTunes podcast or stream from the Literary New England Radio Show archives.
Wednesday's edition of The Thomas Loop Radio Show on AM-1440, WJJL - features an interview with author over the phones, Jim Gourley - in support of his new book, The Race Within - Passion, Courage, and Sacrifice at The Ultraman Triathlon. The book can be accessed on www.triumphbooks.com. At the top of the broadcast - I'll be over the phones talking conference playoff hockey with Head Coach of Buffalo State College Men's Hockey Program, Nick Carriere.
Overview of The Race Within -
The Ultraman Triathlon, one of the most remarkable endurance races in the world, is a three-day, 320-mile race that circumnavigates the Big Island of Hawaii. With only 40 competitors allowed in each year, this invitation-only event hosts some of the most superlative athletes on the planet. The Race Within discusses the 30-year history of the sport and race director Jane Bockus, former Pan Am flight attendant who has never done a triathlon, yet has dedicated herself to keeping the event true to its founding spirit for decades. This book follows Jane, her assistants, and a small cast of athletes through an entire year—from the end of the 2012 Ultraman to the 2013 event—and shows how they faced new challenges to the growth and well-being of the event, and were forced to question if old traditions could survive in a world of constantly-evolving sports entertainment. Granted full access to the race and the athletes, author Jim Gourley presents a look at this unique event and examines what it means to truly love sports.
Speakers are Mark Baird and Steve Baird
“We want to send a message to government that this is a movement for the people, by the people, and we’re not going to let the government stand in the way of equal representation for the people of the North State,” Baird said Friday. “We’ll be talking about our plans in Shasta County. Since the Board of Supervisors refuses to listen to what we even have to say, we’re going to use another method to get a declaration in Shasta County.”
At the heart the movement are calls for representation for rural Northern California counties and residents. Baird said the Jefferson model would ensure one state senator and at least one assembly person for each county in the new state, returning to a legislative structure similar to one used in California up until the mid-1960s.
Already seven counties have issued their support for joining the push to form a 51st state, most recently Lake County whose supervisors voted 3-2 earlier this week to pass a related resolution, the Lake County News reports (http://bit.ly/1MFczJt ). However, supervisors there said they will revisit the matter on March 3 following questions about the resolution’s wording.
Modoc County made national headlines in late 2013 when it became the first county to officially join the Jefferson bid. Others that have issued their backing include Tehama, Glenn, Sutter, Yuba and Siskiyou counties.
While some have been quick to jump on the bandwagon, other counties have not been so willing to break away from the Golden State.About 57 percent of voters in Tehama County last June approved a ballot measure to join Jefferson, while a majority of Del Norte County residents, some 58 percent, decided against the idea.
Some members of America’s religious right would have us believe that Thomas Jefferson was a Bible-thumping evangelist on a mission to create religious schools, to convert Native Americans into Christians, and to establish a Christian nation. They argue that Jefferson’s famous “wall of separation” letter written in 1802 to the Danbury Baptist Association was simply to stop government from encroaching on religion and had nothing to do with a Christian-run government.
Are the Christian nationalists right?
Jayson, the Deputy Director of the World Union of Deists, will explore what Jefferson really said about religion. For instance, Jefferson did not believe in “the Holy Trinity” and considered parts of the Bible to be nonsense. Jefferson was theologically a Deist who drew upon Christian morals, we will learn.
Deism celebrates reason, not religion. Deists believe in God based on reason, but do not subscribe to “revealed” religions. Join Jayson as he tells us what Deism is really about – and why Jefferson was a Deist, not an evangelical Christian.
For more information about Deism, visit Deism.com. For news, opinion and articles, visit GodDiscussion.com, and be sure to check out our upcoming shows with the World Union of Deists and others.
Bill welcomes author and publisher Wendy Thomas Russell to the show to discuss her book, Relax, It's Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You're Not Religious. Wendy Thomas Russell is an award-winning journalist, author and editor. Inspired by her own experience as a secular mother raising a young daughter, Russell in 2011 launched Relax, It’s Just God, a blog and book for secular parents unsure about how to address the topic of religion with their children. Relax, It’s Just God has been featured by dozens of print and online publications and blogs — including the Washington Post, the New York Times’ Sixth Floor Blog, Psychology Today and the Humanist Project at Harvard.
Jeremy Hoyle is in studio for the February 11, 2015 edition of The Thomas Loop Radio Show on AM-1440 WJJL (Niagara Falls/Buffalo, New York)
Also, press coverage from First Niagara Center - As the Sabres take on the Senators from 2/10/2015.
Jeremy Hoyle's career in Buffalo, New York - has extended over three decades since 1999. His solo project, along with his tribute bad (The Tragically Hip), The Strictly Hip - have played in venues all over the United States and Canada.
Jeremy Hoyle's Bio & Highlights are here -
- Raised on a farm in Sherkston Ontario
- Began playing professionally at 15 years old
- Became a full time musician in 1999
- Toured nationally in US for 7 years
- Strictly Hip winner of Buffalo Music Award 'Best Tribute Band' 11 years in a row
- Strictly Hip awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at Buffalo Music Awards 2012
- Strictly Hip awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at Buffalo Nightlife Awards 2013
- Jeremy Hoyle winner of Buffalo Music Awards "Best Male Vocalist" 6 times
- Jeremy Hoyle awarded Lifetime Achievement Award Buffalo Nightlife Awards 2015
- Jeremy Hoyle Band "Anyhere Everywhere" 2004
- Jeremy Hoyle Band '...old friends" 2009
- Jeremy Hoyle "Lost City Carols" 2012
Influences - Bob Dylan / Johnny Cash / Bruce Springsteen / U2 / Ron Hawkins