What Really Happened In the Settlement of David Barton’s Defamation Suit?

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In an email to supporters last week, David Barton said that his historical claims had been vindicated by winning a defamation lawsuit. Barton wrote: The more publicized of the two defamation lawsuits we won was the one where David was labeled an anti-Semite, racist, and white supremacist. But the second lawsuit we won addressed the false claims that David's works are widely discredited, that he is an admitted liar, that he makes up his history, etc.  What second lawsuit?Prior to this … [Read more...]

David Barton on Real Life with Jack Hibbs: Did the University of Virginia Have Chaplains?

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David Barton was on Calvary Chapel pastor Jack Hibbs' show Real Life with Jack Hibbs last night. Part one is available on You Tube with apparently more to come. They didn't get into much until near the end of this segment. At about 22 minutes into the video, Barton accuses others of using history to support an agenda. Then he illustrates how he revises the work of PhDs in history with original sources by citing his involvement in a 2011 book with Daryl Cornett, William Henard, and John Sassi … [Read more...]

Simon & Schuster Has No Plans to Publish David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies

Yesterday, I wrote about how Thomas Nelson removed David Barton's The Jefferson Lies from publication in late July, 2012. According to philosopher Jay Richards, Barton's book was investigated by Thomas Nelson and then removed from their catalog several days before anyone reported it publicly. Richards led an effort to gather information to inform Glenn Beck about the historical problems in Barton's work. Beck, along with other religious conservatives, eventually chose to ignore the evaluations … [Read more...]

The Invasion of America

No, this is not a post about a tea party conspiracy theory involving immigration.Rather, watch this video about Native American dispossession.Two of our favorite Christian nation proponents, David Barton and Bryan Fischer, believe the native people got what was coming to them. The history cannot be undone, but we should never forget.(hat tip to John Fea) … [Read more...]

David Barton Distorts Things Even When He Wins

As I noted here previously, David Barton settled his defamation lawsuit out of court last year. Barton had been accused of being known for appearing at white supremacist rallies by two 2010 candidates for the Texas Board of Education. The Democrat candidates criticized their GOP opponent of relying on Barton who they implied was a white supremacist. Barton and his opponents settled with Barton gaining a financial settlement of an undisclosed amount and an apology. Here is the apology: During … [Read more...]

Mike Huckabee and David Barton Coming to PA Pastor’s Conference in March

Yesterday, the PA Pastors Network, a small group of far right pastors announced that Mike Huckabee will appear via video at a March 19 conference at Lancaster Bible College. Also appearing will be David Barton, and George Barna. The title of the conference (U-Turn: A Conversation with Pastors on Society, Culture, and Leadership) makes it sound like a stop on the promo tour for Barna's and Barton's new book (U-Turn). Other confirmed speakers for PPN’s “U-Turn” conference include: author Steve Sch … [Read more...]

President of Southern Baptist Convention Hosts David Barton at the Summit

This is a discouraging development; another indicator that evangelical ecclesiastical leaders are disconnected from the academics in their own tradition. This week the Summit is pleased to welcome Historian and Author David Barton. Don't miss Thursday's Summit! http://t.co/iVmmJxD6uk— The Summit (@nwaSummit) January 26, 2015I hope actual historians at Southern Baptist Schools will take some time to alert Rev. Ronnie Floyd to the problem here.I would think a person in his position w … [Read more...]

Should Historians Read Providence in Historical Events?

In a word, no.Although I am sure about what I think, providence is an issue of importance to religious historians. To explore the issue, Justin Taylor at the Gospel Coalition published a helpful post yesterday on the subject which teases out some of the issues and players.He examines the views of six historians which believe Christian historians should describe God's hand in human events and those who don't.If you enjoy the history posts here, you will want to read the entire … [Read more...]


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