One of my favorite blogs, Things You Wouldn't Know If We Didn't Blog Intermittently, highlights Thomas Jefferson's edited Bible:
Jefferson wasn't a conventional Christian, but a Deist -- someone who believed in the teachings of Jesus Christ, but not in his divinity. Using a razor, Jefferson went through the Bible, removing the wisdom he thought worth preserving, and leaving all of the miraculous and supernatural occurrences behind. Then he pasted the parts he'd selected into a blank book. He gave his new book a pointedly secular title: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth. (You can browse the whole book online.)
Jefferson began the project while he was in office, in 1803, but finished it afterward, in 1820. It was never published during his lifetime. More at TYWKIWDBI.
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