Christian Reconstructionist Takes David Barton to Task for Faulty History in The Jefferson Lies

I don't know how large American Vision's audience is but I suspect there is at least some overlap between David Barton's Christian nation audience and American Vision's Christian reconstruction constituency.If so, this article today by Joel McDurmon could cause Mr. Barton some heartburn. Mr. McDurmon offers a devastating analysis of Barton's chapter on Jefferson's faith. He begins his critique by grounding it in his worldview:In short, when we create a false reality of what a Christian and … [Read more...]

David Barton to Reveal Something Sometime

  That's about what I get out of this Mother Jones article.I wonder if Barton means these historians.  … [Read more...]

Did Thomas Jefferson Fund the Thompson Hot-Pressed Bible or Simply Buy One?

This post is an additional note to our earlier post on Jefferson and the 1798 Thompson Bible. To briefly recap, David Barton says his description of the situation is accurate; we say it is not. Here is what Barton said in The Jefferson Lies about the Bible, followed by what he told Kirk Cameron in the movie, Monumental. First in his book:Furthermore, in 1798 Jefferson personally helped finance the printing of one of America’s groundbreaking editions of the Bible. That Bible was a massive, t … [Read more...]

Jefferson and the Bible: A Response to David Barton on the Glenn Beck Show, Part Five

When David Barton was clearing the air on the Glenn Beck Show (8/16/12), he muddied the water regarding Jefferson and the so-called Jefferson Bible.  Here is the segment:Barton begins by sayingHe [Jefferson] cut out the passages and put them all together and he told his friends this is what we can use with the Indians, cause you can read the life of Christ here.Glenn Beck lets this claim go without challenge. However, this is an astonishing claim. We have not been able to … [Read more...]

Jefferson and the Bible: A Response to David Barton on the Glenn Beck Show, Part Four

During his appearance on the 8/16/12 Glenn Beck show, David Barton addressed two of our critiques of his chapter on Jefferson and the Bible. The first related to verses included in the Jefferson Bible and the second related to Barton's treatment of the 1798 Thompson Hot-Pressed Bible.We'll take the second item first. Barton contends that his depiction of Jefferson's relationship to the Thompson Bible is correct. We maintain that he misleads readers in the way he described the situation … [Read more...]

World Magazine Gets Specific on the David Barton Controversy: Jefferson’s Religious Beliefs

World Magazine has been leading the way on reporting news about David Barton's controversial book, The Jefferson Lies. This morning Thomas Kidd takes the coverage to one specific question raised in The Jefferson Lies: Was Jefferson an orthodox Christian believer?The bottom line is that the experts Kidd consulted to weigh the evidence sided with the position we took in Getting Jefferson Right. What is striking about the experts is that they all have significant conservative credibility. Kidd … [Read more...]

Jefferson and Slavery: A Response to David Barton on the Glenn Beck Show, Part Three

In parts one and two of this response to David Barton's appearance on Glenn Beck's show, we looked at Barton's defense of The Jefferson Lies on the subject of Jefferson's record on slavery. In this post, we look at the remaining claims regarding slavery made by Barton last week. Here again is the video:Barton claimed that Jefferson inherited 187 slaves when he was 14 years. On the clip at about 4:37, Barton says:He [Jefferson] inherited 187 slaves when he's 14 years old. So … [Read more...]

Breakpoint: David Barton Gave Us What We Wanted

The first article on the front page of the Breakpoint website is an article by Tom Gilson, titled, "He Gave Us What We Wanted." In this article, Gilson lays responsibility at the feet of the evangelical community for failure to examine the claims of David Barton because "he gave us what we wanted." Gilson writes:I am no historian, so I am in no position to form an independent judgment of his [Barton's] veracity. Few of us are. But that doesn’t excuse our eager acceptance of his inaccuracies. W … [Read more...]


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