Another Evangelical Scholar Critiques David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies

Back in August, Glenn Sunshine, one of the evangelical scholars Jay Richards asked to read Getting Jefferson Right and The Jefferson Lies, provided a summary of his reactions to both books on his blog. Better late than never getting it on the blog here.Prof. Sunshine cannot be accused of being a leftist (check out his blog) and has used Wallbuilders' materials in the past. … [Read more...]

Did Thomas Jefferson Fund the Thompson Hot-Pressed Bible or Simply Buy One?

This post is an additional note to our earlier post on Jefferson and the 1798 Thompson Bible. To briefly recap, David Barton says his description of the situation is accurate; we say it is not. Here is what Barton said in The Jefferson Lies about the Bible, followed by what he told Kirk Cameron in the movie, Monumental. First in his book:Furthermore, in 1798 Jefferson personally helped finance the printing of one of America’s groundbreaking editions of the Bible. That Bible was a massive, t … [Read more...]

Jefferson and Slavery: A Response to David Barton on the Glenn Beck Show, Part One

By Michael Coulter & Warren ThrockmortonOn Thursday August 16, Glenn Beck had David Barton on to "clear the air" about The Jefferson Lies. Our impression is that Mr. Beck is a very loyal friend and his loyalty is preventing him from objectively considering the evidence. A more objective approach would be to have had someone else on the show to counter Barton’s claims.  That did not happen even though there was some discussion of evidence.In any case, there are several clips of … [Read more...]

David Barton Attacks; Tells Me How to Do Psychology

Of late, David Barton and his staffer Rick Green have savaged me due to their perception that his book, The Jefferson Lies, was pulled by Thomas Nelson publishers because of our book Getting Jefferson Right. Green linked the professors who reviewed his book with the tactics of Hitler and Alinsky and now Barton is attacking me over my academic position on reparative therapy. Roll the tape:So let me get this right. Barton says I have no basis to critique his claims about Jefferson … [Read more...]

New Getting Jefferson Right Endorsement: Charles Dunn

Former Dean and current Distinguished Professor of Government in the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, Charles Dunn, sent along an endorsement of Getting Jefferson Right. Dunn's endorsement:"'Getting Jefferson Right' by Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter stands up for truth in scholarship against the scholarly problems found in David Barton's 'The Jefferson's Lies.' Because of the courage of Throckmorton and Coulter, Barton has regrettably fallen from his pedestal of … [Read more...]

Thomas Nelson Pulls David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies

World Magazine is reporting that Thomas Nelson publishers has ceased publication of The Jefferson Lies by David Barton. Thomas Kidd reports:Casey Francis Harrell, Thomas Nelson’s director of corporate communications, told me the publishing house “was contacted by a number of people expressing concerns about [The Jefferson Lies].” The company began to evaluate the criticisms, Harrell said, and “in the course of our review learned that there were some historical details included in the book that … [Read more...]

World Magazine on the David Barton Controversy

Subtitled, "Christian critics challenge WallBuilders president on America’s founders," this World Magazine article by Thomas Kidd (Baylor University) opens the door on a controversy that has been building for the past several months.Several weeks ago, Jay Richards, Fellow at the Discovery Institute, began a process of asking conservative professors to read our book along with Barton's materials. Kidd explainsJay W. Richards, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, and author with James Ro … [Read more...]

American Spectator Treads Lightly on The Jefferson Lies

An article out today in the American Spectator by Mark Tooley treads lightly on David Barton's The Jefferson Lies but manages some good observations before falling a bit at the end. I do appreciate Tooley's mention of Getting Jefferson Right in a positive manner.Tooley zeros in on an aspect of The Jefferson Lies that we also cover in our book but which has not gotten much attention in public commentary -- Barton's claim  that Jefferson was moved to change his religious views by the … [Read more...]


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