Barton and Barna: If We Don’t Do Something We Didn’t Do Before, We’re Doomed

And so it begins. The hype for George Barna and David Barton's new book, U-Turn will be familiar to anyone who is aware of the Christian nationalist pitch. Charisma "News" has the story, which is really an ad for the book: The United States became a unique, prosperous and admired nation because of its faith in God and the willingness of the people to abide by God's standards and principles. Over time, however, the urge to glorify oneself rather than God has seriously eroded the strength and … [Read more...]

Conference on Faith and History: Taking It To The Streets: Engaging Bad History In Public

I just returned from the Conference on Faith and History which was held at Pepperdine University from September 24-28. On Saturday, I presented a paper as part of a panel titled, Professors, Prisoners, and the Polls: Engaging the Past in the Public Square. The session was chaired by Dwight Brautigam, Huntington University. Other papers given were: "In God We Trust": Teaching Faith In and Through the U.S. Capitol, by Fred Beuttler, Carroll University and former Deputy Historian for the U.S. House … [Read more...]

The Christian Right and the Search for a Usable Past

The final session I attended at the Conference on Faith and History was titled "The Christian Right and the Search for a Usable Past." Gregg Frazer, Professor of History at The Master’s College chaired the session and provided closing comments.Three papers were presented:1. "Fallen Walls and Open Doors: An Analysis of David Barton as a Christian Historian," by Matt McCook, Professor at Oklahoma Christian University.In my view, McCook started out on thin ice by referring to Barton as a … [Read more...]

Conference on Faith and History: Historians and Social Media

I plan some posts today from the Conference, although not in order of presentation.I intend to blog this session so John Fea can't post on it first. He is on the panel. I am pretty sure I will get this out first.John Fea, Chris Gerhz, and Paul Putz are sitting on a panel where they are displaying their blogs and discussing their efforts on social media. John Fea was live tweeting it as it took place.Jon Den Hartog is setting up the panel now and asking good questions. One, do … [Read more...]

Conference on Faith and History: Allen Guelzo on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Last night I attended the opening address of the Conference on Faith and History with the keynote speech provided by Civil War historian Allen Guelzo. Guelzo gave an excellent talk on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. He noted several misconceptions (for instance, Lincoln did not write the speech on the way to the ceremony honoring the dead at Gettysburg) and noted the inspiration for the content of Lincoln's remarks. He presented numerous points but here are a few: The Gettysburg … [Read more...]

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...]

Texas Textbook Wars Enter New Phase

Now it gets serious. Textbooks written according to Texas' curriculum standards are slated to be evaluated in public hearings amid criticism from liberal groups, according to Politco's Stephanie Simon.According to Simon:Texas students may soon be reading in their history textbooks that the American system of democracy was inspired by Moses, segregated schools weren’t all that bad and taxes imposed for programs like Social Security haven’t measurably improved society. Those passages are a … [Read more...]

An Apologetics Conference That Should Apologize

To my way of thinking, this (click link) is an incoherent lineup for an apologetics conference. I don't know all of the speakers but  Eric Metaxas and John Stonestreet seem out of place with David Barton, Todd Starnes, Tim Wildmon, and Ray Moore. Put on by Alex McFarland, the Truth for a New Generation conference to be held September 5-6 should issue a disclaimer that attendance will be hazardous to your intellectual health.The Colson Center has a place in the program. One can find c … [Read more...]