Orthodoxy

We are reputed to be good Christians go to Rome, they are papists. go to Geneva, they are Calvinists. go to the north of Germany, they are Lutherans. come to London, they are none of these[.] orthodoxy is a mode. it is one thing at one time and in one place. it is something else at another time, and in another place, or even in the same place: for in this religious country of ours, without seeking proofs in any other, men have been burned under one reign, for the very same doctrines they were obliged to profess in another. you damn all those who differ from you. – Thomas Jefferson, quoted in Wilson, introduction to Jefferson’s Literary Commonplace Book, 156; Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an by Denise A. Spellberg

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