Soon after Thomas Jefferson was elected president in 1800, he began editing a work he hoped would prove he was a real Christian. The election of 1800 was particularly bitter, with Jefferson’s religious convictions, or lack thereof, being the basis of frequent attacks on his character. Alexander Hamilton even labeled him an “atheist in religion and a fanatic in politics.” Even though Jefferson won the election, the accusations of being an atheist, a major taboo in the 18th century, wounded Jefferson personally. He had to set the record straight. …Read More.