John Adams on the Bible


“I have examined all of the Bible as well as my narrow sphere, my straightened brains and my busy life would allow me. And the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world. It contains more of my little philosophy than all the libraries I’ve seen, and such parts of it I can’t reconcile to my little philosophy I postpone for future investigation.”— John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, Christmas Day, 1813

(John Adams, A Letter to Thomas Jefferson, in William J Federer, Treasury of Presidential Quotations (St. Louis: America search, 2004), 31; and Norman Cousins, editor, In God We Trust: the Religious Beliefs and Ideas of the American Founding Fathers (New York; Harper and Brothers, 1958), 255-56. Quoted in "The Bible in America: What We Believe About the Most Important Book in Our History" Second Edition/ Steve Green and Todd Hillard)

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