Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
Today’s provocative question occurred to me when I read a quote from Thomas Jefferson that I was originally intending to use for my One-Liner Wednesday post. But I decided to use it here, instead. Why? Because (1), the quote is actually a two-liner, and (2), I think it might generate some provocative responses. Let’s see if I’m right.
Thomas Jefferson said, “It does me no injury for my neighbor to tell me there are 20 gods or no gods. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
As you probably know, Jefferson was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, and Founding Father. He was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and served as the third President of the United States.
Jefferson was also known as a deist who said that he was a Christian “in the only sense in which Jesus wished any one to be.” Jefferson defined being a Christian as one who followed the simple teachings of Jesus and he wrote the Jeffersonian Bible, which compiled Jesus’ biblical teachings while omitting biblical miracles and supernatural references.
So with all that as background, here’s my question:
“Do you agree with Thomas Jefferson that it doesn’t matter or hurt you if people believe in many gods, in one god, or no gods? Why or why not?
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