Glenn Beck Says David Barton Has a PhD in Education

It certainly appears that Beck meant his remarks to be taken seriously. Watch:The transcript of the interview is here with the relevant section below: GLENN: Bless you too. David Barton. President of Wall Builders. You know, we should call him Dr. Barton. You know, he has his PhD I think in history and education. Too many people just dismiss him as — as — you know, oh, just some guy who thinks he knows history. No, he has his doctorate in hist...education and he’s a brilliant, brilliant … [Read more...]

Home Schoolers Anonymous Blog Asks For Stories of How David Barton Ruined Conservative Christianity

Here is the title of the post: David Barton Ruined Conservative Christianity for Me: A Call for Stories.A sample:By Shaney Lee, HARO Board Member Recently, a group of homeschool alumni were sharing stories of their “lightbulb moment”: a moment when we realized that we had been taught an agenda, rather than how to think for ourselves, and when we realized that the strains of conservative Christianity we had been raised with were grossly flawed. Some of us are still Christians and some are … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: June 24, 1826 Letter Declining Invitation to Celebrate 50th Year of Independence in Washington

In late June of 1826, Thomas Jefferson was in decline. He knew he was ill but continued to carry on correspondence until he died on July 4, 1826.Jefferson had been invited to attend a 50 year celebration in Washington DC by Roger Weightman and, despite his ill health, declined the invitation with a remarkable letter about the rights of mankind. Monticello June 24. 26Respected SirThe kind invitation I receive from you on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: June 21, 1808 Letter From Thomas Jefferson to James Pemberton About Relations With Native Americans

David Barton sometimes tells his audiences that Thomas Jefferson edited the Gospels in order to give just the words of Christ to the Indians for their instruction. However, there are many words of Jesus which Jefferson did not include in his work. Another fact that makes Barton's claims even more of a fantasy is that Jefferson believed learning English and reading the Bible was the last thing Indians should do to become civilized. In this letter to James Pemberton, Jefferson gives a summary of … [Read more...]

Ten Years of Blogging: My Early Posts About David Barton’s Historical Claims

I started fact checking David Barton's historical claims in April of 2011. I had been writing about Bryan Fischer's odd claim (seemed odd to me) that the First Amendment only covered Christians.  Examining Fischer's claims, I found that Barton was a big influence on Fischer.My first post on Barton related to the Jefferson Bible (see also this follow up post). Others on Jefferson followed which eventually formed the basis for Getting Jefferson Right, my book with Michael Coulter.For all po … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: June 19, 1802 Letter to Joseph Priestley on Jefferson’s Role in the Constitution

In this June 19, 1802 letter, Jefferson wrote to Joseph Priestley to correct his understand of Jefferson's role in shaping the Constitution.  Jefferson wrote: one passage, in the paper you inclosed me, must be corrected. it is the following. ‘and all say that it was yourself more than any other individual, that planned & established it.’ i.e. the constitution. I was in Europe when the constitution was planned & established, and never saw it till after it was established. on receiving it … [Read more...]

Daily Jefferson: Jefferson on Blackstone and British Common Law

According to David Barton, Thomas Jefferson thought Sir William Blackstone was foundational to legal practice. However, Jefferson felt a reliance on Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England  by American law students had led to what he called the "degeneracy of legal science." In fact, Jefferson told  Judge John Tyler in this June 17, 1812 letter that he preferred to rely on no British authorities for legal interpretations after the time of the Declaration of Independence. Following his re … [Read more...]

Why Don’t Christian History Professors Matter When it Comes to David Barton?

Of late, I have gone from trying to change the problem to trying to understand it.Numerous Christian academic historians have weighed in on the historical misadventures of David Barton, often with unclear results in the church world. A recent example is the decision of the Missouri Baptist Convention to sponsor a talk by David Barton in MO near the end of the month. Despite clear evidence from academic Christian historians that Mr. Barton's talks are laced with significant historical … [Read more...]


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