Active in the Virginia Bible Society
Jefferson was an active member of the Virginia Bible Society, writes David Barton, author of The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson. This was an organization that distributed the full, unedited text of the Bible, including all its supernatural references. He also gave Bibles as gifts to members of his family, including his grandchildren, and contributed liberally to the distribution of the full Bible. In fact, during a period of personal economic crisis so severe that he arranged a personal loan and even offered to sell his own cherished private library to Congress to raise additional funds, he made a very generous contribution to the Virginia Bible Society, explaining: I had not supposed there was a family in this State not possessing a Bible. . . . I therefore enclose you cheerfully an order . . . for the purposes of the Society.