Another Evangelical Calls Out David Barton

Writing at Juicy Ecumenism, the blogging community of the Institute for Religion and Democracy, Bart Gingerich describes himself as an “ex-Wallbuilder” (I guess change is possible). Gingerich looked up to Barton at one point but now calls for his court-martial from the culture war.

Go check it out…

  • http://aebrain.blogspot.com Zoe Brain

    (I guess change is possible).

    A Hit! A Most Palpable Hit!

    It’s nice to know that an Evangelical professor of psychology can be merely human sometimes, and engage in a soupçon of snark.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton Warren

    Zoe – Merely and only human 24-7.

  • Patrocles

    I’ve just read Gingerich’s ranting, and on the whole I’m now more positive about the Christian impact on American constitutional tradition than I was before. Gingerich makes much ado about Deists and seculars – but Deists and seculars didn’t establish something like a First amendment in France. What made the difference? Baptists (and perhaps Quakers) – that is: Christians – made the difference!

    Personally I ‘d much prefer to find a reliable book about the impact of Christianity on the United States than all those pro and contra about Jefferson (who is probably grossly overestimated, being for a long time the guy into whom every discontent citizen projected his own ideas). Perhaps someone of you can recommend me such a book?

  • Krista Vessell

    Wow. Going to go back and see if the “A Beka” homeschool curriculum I was taught for several years was influenced by “Bartonism.” Is that curriculum, I was taught that the southern officers in the Civil War were God-fearing individuals who treated their slaves well, and that northerners didn’t really care about blacks, they just wanted to cripple the southern economy. I also learned that America “has never entered into an unjust war.”

    Later switched to Alpha Omega, and that was a much more balanced curriculum.

  • TxHistoryProf

    Patrocities!

    Here are some good books written by Christians with PhDs in history.

    Fea, John. Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011.

    Noll, Mark A. A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1992

  • Bernie

    “The honest-but-sympathetic refer to David Barton’s claims as “exaggerations.” This is too euphemistic; they are lies.”….Well it’s about time, someone has the Youknowwhats to say the L word! Sheesh.

  • Patrocles

    # TxHistoryProf

    Thank you very much.