John Witherspoon, the only clergyman to have signed the Declaration of Independence, worked alongside deists such as Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams because he shared the ideal of civil liberty and believed the new republic would bring it. However, he very much disagreed with his Continental Congress colleagues about Christianity. In fact, as the president of Princeton University, he counseled his students not to bother even reading the works of these and other deists, because he "saw deism as more of a threat than atheism, a true wolf in sheep's clothing
." He rigorously taught about the revealed nature of Christianity, its rationality, the fact of miracles, and most importantly the divinity of Jesus.
As I read about John Witherspoon in the book, Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to The Passion of the Christ, the underlined quote above stood out. Do you believe that? Is deism or atheism more of a threat to Christianity?