Instead of Spending $375 on a Mercury One/Wallbuilders Intership, Buy These Books

Yesterday, Right Wing Watch reported that Glenn Beck and David Barton are planning to offer internships this summer to pre-college students via Mercury One. In addition to travel, food and lodging, Mercury One will charge $375 for the experience. Since David Barton is involved, one simply should not trust that the history will be accurate. Why Glenn Beck continues to hitch his wagon to Wallbuilders still puzzles me.

Here is an alternative. Instead of spending money on travel and expenses and even a penny on tuition, consider buying the following books for yourself or your children in order to get an accurate view of American history. This list costs far less than $375 and will leave you plenty of funds to buy coffee, ice cream floats, or whatever you prefer to drink while reading good books.

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? Revised Edition: A Historical Introduction by John Fea

American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea by John Wilsey

The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution by Gregg Frazer

Faith and the Presidency From George Washington to George W. Bush by Gary Scott Smith

God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution by Thomas Kidd

One Nation Under God: Christian Faith and Political Action in America by Mark Noll

The Search for Christian America edited by Mark Noll, George Marsden and Nathan Hatch

One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin Kruse

The Jefferson Bible, Smithsonian Edition: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, Smithsonian Edition, by Thomas Jefferson

First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Freedom by Randall Balmer, Lee Groberg, and Mark Mabry

And of course, Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President by Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter

This Gospel Coalition piece by Justin Taylor adds a few more good books (see especially the books by Finn and Green).

I am sure I am overlooking many other good books. I hope commenters and authors alike will send me suggestions and additions via email and in the comments section. The above is just a start and will reward your $375 with a much better foundation than the Mercury One internship.

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