Blogging from the Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Faith and History

Christian Historians and Publics

Heading out to Pepperdine University to attend the Conference on Faith and History. I will present a brief paper at the conference on faulty history in the public square.Primarily I will draw on my experience taking on David Barton's work, and the subsequent efforts to confront advocacy history among related religious right groups (e.g., National Religious Broadcasters, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family and others). Looking forward to speaking along with Fred Beuttler, Jon Wilsey … [Read more...]

David Swartz on Responding to the Claims of Christian Nationalists

Yesterday, Asbury College history prof David Swartz briefly opined on the Christian nationalist appropriation of the Bible as foundation for their view of American history. Swartz extends an article by Seth Perry in a recent Religion and Culture Web Forum.Swartz discusses the reaction against linking the Bible with Christian nationalism and notes that evangelicals have blurred distinctions at least since the 1970s. He writes: Piling on have been evangelical historians represented at h … [Read more...]

David Barton Back in Good Graces of Family Research Council

After removing the Capitol Tour video from You Tube due to historical errors in May 2013, the Family Research Council again had David Barton conduct the Capitol Tour for pastors during the Watchmen on the Wall conference. According to Time Magazine, David Barton led the spiritual heritage tour and covered at least some of the same ground as in the video FRC's V.P. Kenyn Cureton removed from You Tube in 2013.Last year, FRC told me that Barton was not going to conduct the tour in favor of … [Read more...]

Top Ten Posts in 2013

Here are the ten most visited pages on the blog for 2013. Two posts were written prior to 2013 but continue to be quite popular. I designate them in the list below by the year of publication.1. On The Allegations of Plagiarism Against Mark Driscoll2. Janet Mefferd Removes Evidence Relating to Charges of Plagiarism Against Mark Driscoll; Apologizes to Audience3. Ingrid Schlueter Resigns from Janet Mefferd Show Over Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Controversy4.  John Piper Calls Out … [Read more...]

David Barton Says His Christian Critics Were Recruited By “Secular Guys”

Just when you think you've heard it all...In a video posted November 9, David Barton told an audience at Ohio Christian University that "secular guys" recruited the Christians professors who critiqued The Jefferson Lies.Watch:Barton claims his Christian critics were recruited by "secular guys." Of course, this is flatly false, at least in my case and anyone I know. No one recruited Michael Coulter and me to critique Barton's book. Furthermore, there are dozens of Christian … [Read more...]

Politico: David Barton’s Political Usefulness Trumps Scholarship For Evangelical Groups

Politico's Stephanie Simon has an eye-opening article out today regarding David Barton and his evangelical supporters. Although I don't agree that Barton's reputation has fully bounced back, the article correctly reveals the disappointing pragmatism that plagues some Christian organizations. I will have more on this article in a separate post.This section is especially disturbing:Focus on the Family, meanwhile, edited two videos on its website featuring a lengthy interview Barton gave to … [Read more...]

Happy Independence Day! Price Reduced on Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President

From today until Sunday, the price of the Getting Jefferson Right in paperback has been reduced to $9.95 (23% off).It will take awhile for the price to change on Amazon but you can get the lower price on the paperback from our CreateSpace site now.Happy Independence Day! … [Read more...]

David Barton Controversy in World Magazine’s Top 25 Stories for 2012

At #3 and #5 of the top 25, two of the articles on David Barton's book, The Jefferson Lies, brought World Magazine lots of traffic in 2012.The third most read article was The David Barton Controversy and the fifth was Lost Confidence which reported the removal of The Jefferson Lies from publication by Thomas Nelson publisher.Watch for more on this story in early January. … [Read more...]


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