Historian Thomas Kidd: On Slavery and George Whitefield

Thomas Kidd is professor of history at Baylor University and a prolific writer. In 2012, World Magazine published Kidd's reporting on Thomas Nelson's decision to remove David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies from publication.In October 2014, Yale University Press will publish Kidd's book on George Whitefield. In his most recent newsletter, Kidd addresses the uncomfortable fact that many otherwise admirable figures in our history owned slaves. In the case of Whitefield, he not only owned … [Read more...]

Former Soviet State Wants to Go Early American, Calls David Barton For Help

In the strange but heard on Glenn Beck (I know I just repeated myself) category, Right Wing Watch reports that David Barton got a call from an old Soviet state to come help them with their "underpinnings."Watch:  … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck Wants $20 to Tell You What You Can Find Out Free

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Mr. Beck is certainly a showman, and he has a big show planned for July 22, 2014.We Will Not Conform is a live telecast to movie theaters around the country on the evils of common core educational standards. Despite being championed initially by conservatives like Mike Huckabee, Common Core has become associated with nearly everything evil, thanks, more often than not, to Mr. Huckabee's allies in the conservative camp.In this Hannity segment (click for video), Beck describes the upcoming … [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...]

David Barton Continues to Spin The Jefferson Lies in Florida and Ohio

According to this Florida Today report, David Barton is slated to speak at the Space Coast Prayer Breakfast in Melbourne, FL this Thursday.The reporter provided the details of the event and noted that Thomas Nelson pulled from publication Barton's book The Jefferson Lies. Barton continues to spin the situation as being the result of "two professors." Barton’s most recent book, “The Jefferson Lie, Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed,” was withdrawn by publisher Thomas Nelson because of … [Read more...]

Should Christian Scholars be Watchdogs? My Interview with The Pietist Schoolman on David Barton

Grace College history professor Jared Burkholder today published an interview with me on fact checking David Barton's claims.Go check it out. Being an historian, Burkholder's questions were thoughtful and included some analysis of his own. For instance: Jared: In my mind, Barton’s problem is a methodological one rather than simply getting things wrong. And often the issue is that his faulty approach leads to misguided interpretive conclusions. Simply put, Barton does not engage in the … [Read more...]

David Barton Again Falsely Claims Obama Administration Has Not Prosecuted Child Pornography

Repeating a false claim he made in 2011, David Barton told his Wallbuilders audience yesterday that the Obama Administration has not prosecuted any child pornography cases. In contrast, Opposing Views links to six different FBI cases in just the last week (e.g., this MS case).According to World Magazine, the Obama administration has been less than active on adult cases but has been vigorous in prosecuting cases involving children.  The Department of Justice has placed emphasis on enforcement … [Read more...]

From Barton to Scherr: Thomas Kidd on Various Visions of Thomas Jefferson

Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture seeks "to advance knowledge of the role Christianity has played in mediating larger social and intellectual forces."  The Spring issue includes an article by Arthur Sherr (sic), entitled “Thomas Jefferson Versus the Historians: Christianity, Atheistic Morality, and the Afterlife.” When the article appeared, we asked for comment from other historians who have studied the role of religion in Jefferson’s thought. (Last week’s response by John Rago … [Read more...]


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