In His New Book, Eric Metaxas Whitewashes George Whitefield on Slavery

In his new book If You Can Keep It, Eric Metaxas provides an overview of early American history in order to remind us what is special about America. In the process, he provides a pithy formula for national success, but he makes significant historical errors and glosses over important facts. One such fact is the involvement of evangelist George Whitefield in introducing slavery to Georgia.In his chapter on Whitefield (which appears to be summarized without attribution from Thomas Kidd's … [Read more...]

Eric Metaxas’ New Book: On Tolerance for All Denominations and Religions in Colonial America, Part Two

In his new book, If You Can Keep It, Eric Metaxas writes on page 70: Since the Pilgrims came to our shores in 1620, religious freedom and religious tolerance have been the single most important principle of American life. If only.As I pointed out in two previous posts (link, link), Metaxas makes the argument that the Pilgrims provided a model of religious tolerance which was incorporated by the Founders into formation of America. In contrast to his claim, I wrote about the persecution of … [Read more...]

On Tolerance for All Denominations and Religions in Colonial America

In his upcoming book If You Can Keep It, Eric Metaxas claims there was "complete tolerance for all denominations and religions" for nearly a century before the founding era of the United States. From page 35 of the book:On page 70, he adds Since the Pilgrims came to our shores in 1620, religious freedom and religious tolerance have been the single most important principle of American life. Such tolerance was not extended to Quakers and other dissenters in the colonies. In 1660, Mary … [Read more...]

In New Book, Eric Metaxas Takes a Page from David Barton

Yesterday, History professor Gregg Frazer posted a very helpful preview of Eric Metaxas' upcoming book, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty. In this book, it appears that Metaxas has taken some pages from David Barton.There is a preview of the parts of the book available at Amazon and Google so I was able to check some of what Frazer wrote and look into a couple of additional problems. Given what I found, I would not recommend it unless one plans to fact check it. H … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz Is Out: Did God Make A Mistake?

One pitfall of claiming to speak for God is that God doesn't always cooperate.Glenn Beck once said Ted Cruz had the best chance of winning the GOP nomination because God was on Cruz's side. Now that Cruz has dropped out, is God disappointed?Beck wrote a post for his website where he downplays the fact that Cruz is out. What is happening in this election is normal. If you think it’s abnormal, you aren’t looking back far enough into history. Civilizations go through this. Societies aren’t … [Read more...]

Russell Moore: Is America a Christian Nation?

If you mean a new Israel or a covenant nation, Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore -- writing for The Gospel Coalition -- says no.The Founders were influenced by Christians but there is no religious test in the Constitution. Moore says the Bible doesn't assign America a providential place in history. Moore makes it clear that Ted Cruz's stump verse of II Chronicle 7:14 was a promise to Israel and not to America as a political entity.While Moore didn't call out specific people, … [Read more...]

Even At Liberty University, David Barton Is Known For Historical Fallacies

Previously, I believed that at Liberty University, David Barton was viewed positively as a great historian. Since he speaks there frequently, some in certain circles must believe that. However, I was surprised to learn that Barton's reputation is not as positive in the history department. John Fea was able to get a first hand look into the matter from a former history graduate student at Liberty. Russ Allen has his masters degree from Liberty and attended a talk given last week at Liberty by … [Read more...]

Debunking One of David Barton’s Oldest Stories: Thomas Jefferson and the D.C. Schools

David Barton was a guest on Michael Brown's Line of Fire show recently and spun some familiar yarns.A story that has been around awhile (since Barton's 1989 book Myth of Separation) is his claim that Thomas Jefferson incorporated the Bible and Isaac Watts hymnal into the curriculum of the Washington D.C. schools while Jefferson was president. This claim has been thoroughly debunked before by others, notably Jim Allison and Chris Rodda. While those authors documented well their rebuttal to … [Read more...]


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