Nice Review of Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President

This was a pleasure to see: Excellent Rebuttal of David Barton's inappropriately named book, "The Jefferson Lies.", March 12, 2014 This book saved me the trouble of rebutting David Barton's book, "The Jefferson Lies." The authors supply the reader with the missing words of Thomas Jefferson. They also supply information from Jefferson's time to provide background. David Barton is so intent on making all Founders agree with his ideas of what belief in God, the Bible, and Christianity entails … [Read more...]

David Barton Says His Christian Critics Were Recruited By “Secular Guys”

Just when you think you've heard it all... In a video posted November 9, David Barton told an audience at Ohio Christian University that "secular guys" recruited the Christians professors who critiqued The Jefferson Lies. Watch: Barton claims his Christian critics were recruited by "secular guys." Of course, this is flatly false, at least in my case and anyone I know. No one recruited Michael Coulter and me to critique Barton's book. Furthermore, there are dozens of Christian … [Read more...]

A Year Ago Thomas Nelson Lost Confidence in The Jefferson Lies

This week a year ago, Thomas Nelson publishers pulled David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies from publication. As I recall, I first learned of the event from Tennessean reporter Bob Smietana who called me to ask for comment. I think the first to get it on the web was probably Thomas Kidd at World Magazine on August 9. The news broke the day after a major NPR expose on Barton's historical claims. A day before that World posted an article citing Jay Richards and others who had raised concerns … [Read more...]

Happy Independence Day! Price Reduced on Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President

From today until Sunday, the price of the Getting Jefferson Right in paperback has been reduced to $9.95 (23% off). It will take awhile for the price to change on Amazon but you can get the lower price on the paperback from our CreateSpace site now. Happy Independence Day! … [Read more...]

World Publishes Our Response to David Barton

World continues the focus on the Barton Controversy with our rebuttal to Barton's response to our book. We focus on Barton's contention that we make mountains out of molehills in our critique. In fact, the details matter as we demonstrate. We also make it clear that Barton isn't living by his own standards. He takes historians to task for using secondary sources, but he does the same thing. His sources are often unknown as with the Louis L'Amour story presented on Glenn Beck's Show as an … [Read more...]

Response to World’s Coverage of the David Barton Controversy

I am getting good feedback on the excerpt of Getting Jefferson Right at World Magazine. There are many questions that are floating around among evangelicals about this matter and for good reason. Michael Coulter and I are now working on a response to Mr. Barton's rebuttal to GJR. For now, I posted a comment at World on both articles. Here it is:   "I want to thank World for hosting this exchange of views. Michael Coulter and I have read Mr. Barton's rebuttal and plan a response to it … [Read more...]

Point/Counterpoint with David Barton at World Magazine

This morning, World Magazine is featuring an excerpt of Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President along with a lengthy rebuttal from David Barton.  Our section is here and Barton's article is here. I have not read Barton's response yet. I wanted to get the links up in order for readers to have some time to wade through the material.  I suspect some of what Barton has to say will be the subject of separate posts. We will have an opportunity from World to post a … [Read more...]

David Barton Controversy in World Magazine’s Top 25 Stories for 2012

At #3 and #5 of the top 25, two of the articles on David Barton's book, The Jefferson Lies, brought World Magazine lots of traffic in 2012. The third most read article was The David Barton Controversy and the fifth was Lost Confidence which reported the removal of The Jefferson Lies from publication by Thomas Nelson publisher. Watch for more on this story in early January. … [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron vs. Paul Finkelman on Jefferson and Slavery

Although Kirk Cameron cites none of his own research, he refers approvingly to an article by Stephen McDowell (Providence Institute) which is hosted on the Wallbuilders website about the Founders and slavery. McDowell refers to Thomas Jefferson but does not give the whole picture. Historian Paul Finkelman in the NY Times accentuates the negative but reports Jefferson's racist views and his active involvement in owning slaves much more accurately. As we document in Getting Jefferson Right, … [Read more...]

The Paul Edwards Show: Getting Jefferson Right and the David Barton Controversy

Paul Edwards podcast on Wednesday, November 14 was devoted to the David Barton controversy, Getting Jefferson Right and The Jefferson Lies. Check it out here. … [Read more...]