World’s David Barton Coverage: What Will Evangelicals Do?

World Magazine has been shining extraordinary light on the David Barton controversy.  Friday, the evangelical publication printed a brief article by Gregg Frazer which contradicted Barton's contention that Jefferson was orthodox for most of his life and only questioned orthodoxy after 1813.Frazer's article is clear and convincing but that does not surprise me for two reasons. One, Gregg was right on this in his earlier writings and two, we covered similar ground and so much more in Getting … [Read more...]

David Barton Controversy: Gregg Frazer Weighs In on Jefferson and Christianity; Barton Responds

Gregg Frazer is a professor of history at the conservative Master's College in CA. His book Religious Beliefs of America's Founders provides a fine historical treatment of the founders and their religious views. Frazer coined the term "theistic rationalism" to describe the religious perspective of many of the founders. On Friday, World Magazine published a short response to David Barton on the subject of Thomas Jefferson's religious beliefs. It is an important contribution to the ongoing … [Read more...]

David Barton, Guns, and the Second Amendment

I recently purchased David Barton's book on the Second Amendment and had planned a mini-series on it. However, Chris Rodda beat me to it with several detailed posts on his book and other statements Barton has made recently.  This post just gives some examples and points you to her articles.First, regarding Barton's book on the Second Amendment, Rodda takes several citations from Barton's book and demonstrates how he edits them to suit his purposes. For instance in his book, Barton quotes the … [Read more...]

The Gnadenhutten Massacre Revisited: A Response to David Barton

In his recent World article regarding our challenge to The Jefferson Lies, David Barton rejects our criticism of his treatment of Indian policy under Thomas Jefferson. In The Jefferson Lies, Barton claims Jefferson demonstrated a persistent interest in getting the Gospel to the Indians. In our book, Getting Jefferson Right (lengthy excerpt at World - still the most read article on the site), we examine various historical events relating to that claim and find that Barton does not get the facts … [Read more...]

What is the Source for David Barton’s Kids with Guns Story? (UPDATED)

UPDATE (2/26/13) - David Barton responded to this post on his website, admitting that the kids with guns story came from a Louis L'Amour novel.  He claims that sharing this story as historical fact is alright since L'Amour claimed the story was true. I examine that claim and compare it to the story of George Washington and the cherry tree in this post: David Barton, Kids, Guns and Historical Fiction.................(Original post begins here)On January 16, on the Glenn Beck Show, … [Read more...]

The Scandal of the Evangelical Double Mind

In his 1995 book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, Mark Noll wrote, "The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind."Recently, at Patheos, Eastern University professor Peter Enns updated Noll and added that "The real scandal of the Evangelical mind is that we are not allowed to use it."Today, I want to extend Enns and Noll and assert that the evangelical mind, such that it is, is double minded.First, let me say that Enns makes an observation … [Read more...]

Supply Your Own Title

How unaware can one be that something is offensive and out of line? … [Read more...]

Response to World’s Coverage of the David Barton Controversy

I am getting good feedback on the excerpt of Getting Jefferson Right at World Magazine. There are many questions that are floating around among evangelicals about this matter and for good reason. Michael Coulter and I are now working on a response to Mr. Barton's rebuttal to GJR. For now, I posted a comment at World on both articles. Here it is: "I want to thank World for hosting this exchange of views. Michael Coulter and I have read Mr. Barton's rebuttal and plan a response to it … [Read more...]


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