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...]

Two Years Ago David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies Was Pulled From The Shelves

Two years ago today, Tommy Kidd was on the case, reporting for World Magazine that Thomas Nelson ceased publication and distribution of David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies.Eventually Barton claimed that the book would be republished by Glenn Beck's Simon & Schuster imprint. However, currently there is no second edition.World featured an online debate of sorts involving my Getting Jefferson Right co-author Michael Coulter, The Masters College historian Gregg Frazer and me on one … [Read more...]

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, 2014This 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 t … [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...]

David Barton Says 4 Professors Criticized The Jefferson Lies; He Forgot Some

Facts are pesky.On July 19, Steve Deace interviewed David Barton (at 24:12 in hour 3) in Iowa after the big political confab there with Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Deace asked Barton to describe the controversy over The Jefferson Lies (now approaching a year ago). He also asked if there was any substance to the criticism.Barton said a bunch of stuff he usually says about it (e.g., publisher Thomas Nelson got scared of the scary professors, etc.). Then he said:You've got about 6,000 u … [Read more...]

David Barton Promotes Debunked Jefferson Claims

One might think David Barton would reconsider some of his claims in light of his problems with his book on Jefferson, The Jefferson Lies.  The book was voted "least credible history book in print"  by readers of the History News Network, the subject of multiple negative reviews in major publications (e.g., Wall Street Journal), and then pulled from publication by Christian publisher Thomas Nelson. Some authors might allow such negative reactions to generate some reflection and moves to correct o … [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 r … [Read more...]


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