Questions are taken from the message above. My responses below them.
1) How is a Jesus without miracles is any more accurate than a Jesus with miracles?
Scholars talk about the historical Jesus. Look it up. Is a Jesus without miracles more plausible than one with? Of course. See “Did Jesus exist?” by Bart Ehrman. But at the end of the day, who cares? What Jefferson did was not an exercise in historical accuracy. He just compiled what he considered, for himself, to be the moral teachings abscribed to Jesus.
2) The biblical morality is absolute, which is comical in it’s own sense and him trying to establish biblical morality, even more so.
A cursory review of the bible shows that the morality contained in it was all but absolute. The contradictions contained within it are so many that to assert anything about it is to underline one’s ignorance. Only fundamentalist believers think that bible morality is absolute. Why assume so? In regards to Jefferson “establishing” anything, I suggest you study some basic history. That was not the case.
“Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.”
“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.”
“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.”
3) Even without a claim to supernatural understanding or powers, Jesus’ sermon on the mount contained VERY FOOLISH instructions and ideas.
And? There are also very good ideas ascribed to Jesus in the NT. Is love thy neighbor a bad thing? In my view It is ok to be an atheist, but not to be an ignorant atheist. There is no need to trash things that are obviously good just because we don’t agree with the myths that surround them.