And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus,
by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will
be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the
brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and
freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this
artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine
doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.
-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823