Is this true? Did TJ really say this? What are your sources?
As Himmelfarb puts it:
On his way to church one Sunday, Jefferson was met by a friend.
“You going to church Mr. J. You do not believe a word in it.”
“Sir [Jefferson replied], no nation has ever yet existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion is the best religion that has been given to man and I as chief Magistrate of this nation am bound to give it the sanction of my example. Good morning Sir.”