M. Andrew Holowchak

The Fear, Honor, and Love of God: Thomas Jefferson on Jews, Philosophers, and Jesus

18/1 - Spring 2013, pages 49-71
Date of online publication: 10 December 2013
Date of publication: 10 December 2013


In a letter to Benjamin Rush, Jefferson includes a syllabus—a comparative account of the merits of Jewish morality, ancient philosophy, and the precepts of Jesus. Using the syllabus as a guide, this paper is a critical examination of the influence of ancient ethical and religious thinking on Jefferson’s ethical and religious thinking—viz., Jefferson’s views of the ethics and religion of the Hebrews, the ancient philosophers, and Jesus.


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Holowchak, M. Andrew. "The Fear, Honor, and Love of God: Thomas Jefferson on Jews, Philosophers, and Jesus." Forum Philosophicum 18, no. 1 (2013): 49–71. doi:10.35765/forphil.2013.1801.04.


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