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The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth: Jefferson’s Search for the Essential Teachings of Jesus

NOTE: THIS SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT MALLICKRODT CENTER AT 1041A RIDGE ROAD IN WILMETTE.  

Guest Speaker: Jon Grand, Manager, The Book Stall

Jon Grand, manager of Winnetka’s Book Stall, will speak on the topic, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth: Jefferson’s Search for the Essential Teachings of Jesus.  Thomas Jefferson was a Deist and was mistrustful of organized Christian religion, dogma, priests, and ceremony.  But he believed that the teachings of Jesus constituted the greatest moral instruction ever given to mankind.  To separate those basic moral precepts from what he felt was myth furthered the power of the church, Jefferson turned to four bibles in his possession, including his King James Version, and painstakingly cut out those passages which could be attributed to Jesus and glued them together in sequence to create a new bible.  Gone were the miracles, the virgin birth and even the resurrection.  What remained were the moral teachings, carefully glued together and bound in a slim volume which he called "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth" or, as we know it "The Jefferson Bible."   

Jon Grand was born in Washington, D.C. to a Foreign Service Officer and grew up between South America and Washington.  He received a BA in English Literature and an MS in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His career was comprised of fascinating jobs in environmental planning, including Director positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Nordic/Baltic Region, in Copenhagen and in Chicago.  In 2006 he retired and began to work part time at The Book Stall.  A part-time job has turned into a more than full-time job which he loves.