Thomas Jefferson, an imperfect human like all of us, but I feel he gets me* with regard to so many things. And then I find this quote from him about Calvinism, an ideology so offensive to myself personally it literally makes me physically ill to think about it’s logical conclusions.
He wrote in a letter to John Adam in April of 1823 that Calvin was basically worshipping a demon if anything:
“I can never join Calvin in addressing his god. He was indeed an Atheist, which I can never be; or rather his religion was Daemonism. If ever man worshipped a false god, he did.”
Previously in a letter to Ezra Stiles Ely in 1819, he wrote simply:
“You say you are a Calvinist. I am not. I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know.”
Mr. Jefferson, quite the independent.
“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789
Could I go back in time and meet any historical figure, Thomas Jefferson would surely be my choice.
*Silly me, in reality I get him.