Religious Beliefs of Famous and Influential People

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Religion

Ben Franklin – Clarified himself a deist in his 1771 autobiography, thought still considered himself a Christian in some sense.

Thomas Jefferson – repeatedly expressed his belief in a deistic god and admired Jesus as a moral teacher. Did not believe in miracles nor in the divinity of Jesus. Christian Deist (unaffiliated deist)

“Fix Reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason than of blindfolded fear. … Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences. If it end in a belief that there is no God, you will find incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise and in the love of others which it will procure for you. — (Jefferson’s Works, Vol. ii., p. 217)”
Jefferson’s letter to his nephew, from Paris, August 10, 1787.

http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/jefferson_carr.html

Bill Nye (the science guy) - Not 100% certain, but more than probably in the Atheist/Agnostic realm.

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