John Fea on David Barton’s Make Believe Thomas Jefferson

Messiah College history prof John Fea recently authored a history of the American Bible Society. In it, he describes the efforts of certain founding fathers (e.g., Elias Boudinot) to make sure the new United States would be a Christian nation. The American Bible Society was one of those efforts.In the minds of the ABS founders and supporters, some of their fellow patriots were a threat to their Christian nationalist aims. One such founder was Thomas Jefferson. And yet, Fea notes in a History … [Read more...]

John Fea on Ted Cruz’s Dominionism

Several authors have tried to tease out the differences between the evangelicals supporting Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Jon Ward did a nice job on this topic for Yahoo News, noting that Ted Cruz followers enthusiastically consider America a Christian nation while Rubio's followers are not as convinced.Now, Messiah College chair of History John Fea has written a piece identifying Ted Cruz as a seven mountains dominionist. I think the evidence is there and because of that I believe … [Read more...]

David Barton Claims Professional Historians Don’t Use Original Documents and That’s Why They Attack His Work

I have just about run out of headlines to describe the errors in David Barton's description of why The Jefferson Lies was pulled from publication in 2012. He and World Net Daily continue to promote the idea that the book's critics were liberals and that Thomas Nelson pulled the book due to political correctness. I've debunked these false claims more than once.Now he is advancing another theory about why historians have been critical of The Jefferson Lies. In an article (another whitewash of … [Read more...]

Another Surprising Conservative Critique of David Barton

David Barton, Glenn Beck and World Net Daily have promoted the fiction that only liberals have criticized David Barton's history. I have debunked that here.This week a very conservative writer came out with concerns about Barton's history and theological teachings. At several location, Marsha West has a sharp critique of Barton's work and his association with Glenn Beck.The most surprising source to run West's article was RenewAmerica. I dare Barton and company to label RenewAmerica lib … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz “Really is the Guy” Glenn Beck and David Barton Have Been Praying For

Some readers will focus on David Barton praying over LDS member Glenn Beck.Some readers will focus on Beck and Barton's certainty that Ted Cruz is really the anointed candidate.Some readers will wonder why Ted Cruz, if he really is the guy, only gave 1% of his income in charitable deductions from 2006-2010.Some readers will question David Barton's role in the Cruz campaign while he is the leader of one of Ted Cruz's Super PAC.Some readers will question if the Holy Spirit's job in … [Read more...]

David Barton: Thomas Jefferson Would Like Ted Cruz for President

Over at World Net Daily, David Barton says that [Ted] Cruz is the candidate who comes closest to Jefferson and what he believes were the third president’s principles on “debt, religious liberty, and the war on Islam.”Barton has been elevated to "historian and Thomas Jefferson scholar" and uses his WND platform to assert that the Founders are relevant to politics today. Barton says Cruz and Jefferson hold similar policy positions.It now seems clear why Barton and WND brought out The Jeffe … [Read more...]

David Barton’s Conservative Critics: Debunking the Liberal Attack Claims

To promote David Barton's second edition of The Jefferson Lies, World Net Daily, Glenn Beck, and David Barton claim the first edition was pulled from publication by publisher Thomas Nelson due to ideologically motivated attacks by liberals.World Net Daily:Despite the wildly popular success of the original hardcover edition, or perhaps because of it, a campaign to discredit Barton’s scholarship was launched by bloggers and a handful of non-historian academics. What happened next was s … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz’s Super PAC Hosts Ted Cruz’s Campaign in Iowa

From the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Ted Cruz is heading to Waterloo for a rally hosted by Keep the Promise Super PAC which will feature Cruz and his national campaign co-chairs, Steve King and Bob Vander Plaats. The Super PAC's coordinator and the director of Glenn Beck's charity Mercury One, David Barton, will be speaking too. Oh, Beck will speak too. I'm sure this is just happening with no coordination between the campaign and the Super PAC. … [Read more...]


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