(Religion News Service) — How would you feel about taking a razor blade to a Bible?
Thomas Jefferson, apparently, didn't have any qualms about it.
In his retirement, the nation's third president carried out a project he had contemplated for years: He cut and pasted passages from the four Gospels into one integrated narrative of Jesus' life - minus the miracles and supernatural events.
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The result, he said, was "the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man." Judging by the wear and tear on the book, it appears Jefferson read it regularly.