The painting presented here, depicts an often-overlooked aspect of Jefferson’s life and American history.
So often conservatives insist that our country was founded on strict Christian principles but in fact many of the founding fathers believed in Deism, the progressive religion of the philosophers. Thomas Jefferson was a Deist. At one-point Jefferson cut the miracles out of his gospel with a razor so that he could concentrate on the moral teachings of the Bible without the magical thinking of the ancient past. Jefferson believed that scripture needed to be reconciled with reason and common sense. He and many other founding fathers were part of the Enlightenment and they rejected the tyranny of superstition.
Jefferson is an extremely problematic figure. Despite his progressive ideas about religion, he was a slave owner which has marred his reputation. His relationship with Sally Hemings is finally being recognized by the stewards of Monticello.
Oil on Shaped Panel 48” x 48”
Memorial Portrait: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The painting presented here memorializes an individual who endured discrimination not only because of gender but also due to atheophobia in America.
Elizabeth Stanton was a pioneer in her view that the Bible was one of the greatest obstacles to the equality of women. Her atheism split the suffragette movement. Many writers have suggested that the reason she is not as recognizable a figure as Susan B. Anthony is because of her atheist views.
Oil on panel 24” x 24”
Memorial Portrait: Langston Hughes
The painting presented here memorializes an individual who endured discrimination not only because of racial prejudice but also due to atheophobia in America.
Langston Hughes’s poem “Goodbye, Christ” created problems for the poet and was even brought up during the McCarthy hearings where Hughes was not only questioned about communism but also his views on atheism.