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...]

Historian Scott Culpepper: When the Church Spreads Propaganda

Dr. Scott Culpepper currently serves as associate professor of history at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. His Ph.D. is from Baylor University and he has a M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Culpepper is the author of Francis Johnson and the English Separatist Influence: The Bishop of Brownism’s Life, Ministry, and Controversies (Mercer University Press, 2011). When he read my post earlier today, he had the following reaction: Two very disturbing realities are revealed i … [Read more...]

The Great Confrontation of 2012: David Barton and the Evangelical Historians

In August 2012, Thomas Nelson (now part of Harper Collins Christian) pulled David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies from publication. This rare move by Thomas Nelson took place in the midst of efforts by several people to confront Barton with his errors. While I cannot tell the whole story (in part because I don't know it and in part because the main players are not willing to discuss it completely), I can provide a little more insight into the situation. The door was opened to this by a footnote … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving 2014: Gary Scott Smith On America As a Blessed But Not a Chosen Nation

Today is the last in the series of articles by historians posted during Thanksgiving week. I deeply appreciated the contributions of my distinguished colleagues John Wilsey, Jared Burkholder, Barry Hankins, Andrew Mitchell, Fred Beuttler, and today Gary Scott Smith.Happy Thanksgiving!..................................Dr. Gary Scott Smith chairs the history department at Grove City College and is a fellow for faith and politics with The Center for Vision & Values. He is the author … [Read more...]

Fred Beuttler On The First Federal Thanksgiving

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Last week, I asked numerous historian colleagues to opine about what the public should know about Thanksgiving. I am pleased and thankful for the responses I received and the series will run through at least Thanksgiving Day. In this article, Fred Beuttler commemorates today as the first federal thanksgiving.--------------------Fred W. Beuttler, Ph.D., the former Deputy Historian of the U.S. House of Representatives. Fred teaches history at Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. … [Read more...]

Andrew Mitchell: Reclaim the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Last week, I asked my historian colleagues to opine about what the public should know about Thanksgiving. I am pleased and thankful for the responses I received and the series will run through at least Thanksgiving Day. Today, Andrew Mitchell looks back and forward to encourage us to regain the spirit of Thanksgiving..........................Andrew Mitchell is an associate professor of history at Grove City College. Dr. Mitchell recently contributed a chapter, “Por Dios, Por Patria: The S … [Read more...]


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