David Barton Praises the Use of Primary Sources Then Cites a Third Hand Jefferson Quote

In the midst of his campaign for Ted Cruz, David Barton took some time to appear on Michael Brown's Line of Fire radio show. While they didn't mention my name, I suspect the Pennsylvania psychology professor was me. I did learn that I don't hold to "basic Christian teachings" (which ones, David?) and that none of his critics were history guys. I don't know how he sleeps at night.He said a bunch of stuff he usually says (and which I have debunked) but, in light of Michael Brown's praise of … [Read more...]

Your Daily Dose of David Barton: He’s Got a School Named After Him and He Thinks Revolution Might Be Near

Ecclesia College, a Christian college in Arkansas, has created the David Barton School of Political Science. I wonder if my political scientist co-author on Getting Jefferson Right, Michael Coulter will want to move South.Right Wing Watch brought the news to a grateful public.The Ecclesia press release is here. And you can watch:Now I am confused. Should we send our children to Ecclesia? Although it is a Christian college, Barton says half of young people going to Christian … [Read more...]

George Marsden on The Jefferson Lies and Getting Jefferson Right

Thomas Kidd called George Marsden "the greatest historian of American religion of the past generation." In The Jefferson Lies, Barton cited Marsden as an authority. In Marsden's 2014 book titled The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief, he described David Barton's The Jefferson Lies as an effort to make Jefferson into an orthodox Christian. His footnote on Barton's book leads to a description of Getting Jefferson Right. It is not a direct endorsement … [Read more...]

David Barton Accuses Marco Rubio of Having Too Many Gay Marriage Supporters

Pundits have been predicting last minute surprises in the South Carolina primary.This looks like an effort by the Cruz campaign -- sorry I meant Barton's Cruz Super PAC -- to cast doubts on Rubio. It certainly sounds like there is a lot of coordination between the Super PAC and the campaign (e.g, door knockers paid for by the Super PAC).We also learn in this video that many Iowa pastors showed a Cruz video in church and urged people to vote for Cruz...just like Jesus exhorted us to … [Read more...]

David Barton May or May Not Have a PhD and Promotes the First Edition of The Jefferson Lies

Recently, David Barton appeared on Dove TV and was in rare form. He was on to promote The Jefferson Lies book, but I think he is confused about which edition he is supposed to describe. He told stories about material that was in the first edition but not the second. More on that below.To cover it all, I have embedded the YouTube video and will provide the beginning and end times where he takes up a particular topic. Readers can choose what is of interest or watch the whole thing.The host … [Read more...]

How Did Thomas Jefferson Come Up with the Idea to Cut Up the Gospels? (UPDATED)

UPDATE: On the 7/22/16 Eric Metaxas Show, David Barton told this same story. Barton included the part about Jefferson getting the idea to cut up the Gospels due to a sermon from Scottish minister William Bennet. The post below debunks that. I also cite Mark Beliles who told me Barton was wrong in his claim. Beliles was cited in Metaxas' new book as an authority on Jefferson.(original post........................)Reading through the new edition of The Jefferson Lies, it is clear that … [Read more...]

David Barton Can’t Decide When or Why Thomas Jefferson Got His Quran

David Barton is a confusing fellow. Sometimes he tells one story and other times he contradicts himself. Take the facts surrounding Thomas Jefferson's Quran.Jefferson owned a Quran and Barton has told a couple of different stories about it. First, he told Glenn Beck that Jefferson bought the Quran while on a mission to Islamic nations so he could understand his Islamic enemies. He later modified this story to make it somewhat more accurate. Actually, Jefferson bought his copy of the Quran … [Read more...]

By His Own Standards, David Barton is a Historical Revisionist

In a World Net Daily article about dangers to America, Rafael Cruz cites Ted Cruz's historian David Barton on how revisionist historians operate.David Barton with Wallbuilders points out four ways revisionist historians excise our Christian heritage from American history: 1. PATENT UNTRUTHS. Whenever a historian claims, :America began as a secular country,” you’re witnessing a patent untruth. Rather than make an untruthful claim about a subject in which most people have a general knowledge, … [Read more...]


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