David Barton Self-Publishes The Jefferson Lies

After blasting us for self-publishing Getting Jefferson Right, David Barton is self-publishing The Jefferson Lies via Wallbuilders Press. Chris Rodda discovered and reported this last week.Barton told the world after his book was pulled from publication that he had a publisher in the wings bigger than Thomas Nelson. Glenn Beck said he would publish the book but apparently this is on hold or off completely.  … [Read more...]

David Barton: Where is the evidence?

Soon after Thomas Nelson pulled David Barton's The Jefferson Lies, Barton went on Bryan Fischer's radio show to sling ad hominem attacks at me. On that show, he promised to release proof that he was right in his claims about Thomas Jefferson. He said at 2:34 into the clip below that he was "releasing pieces now one at a time" which would refute the work we did in Getting Jefferson Right. Again at about 6:50, Barton promised to release information showing how "silly" our claims are. Then at 9:18, … [Read more...]

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...]

World Magazine Gets Specific on the David Barton Controversy: Jefferson’s Religious Beliefs

World Magazine has been leading the way on reporting news about David Barton's controversial book, The Jefferson Lies. This morning Thomas Kidd takes the coverage to one specific question raised in The Jefferson Lies: Was Jefferson an orthodox Christian believer?The bottom line is that the experts Kidd consulted to weigh the evidence sided with the position we took in Getting Jefferson Right. What is striking about the experts is that they all have significant conservative credibility. Kidd … [Read more...]

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

In parts one and two of this response to David Barton's appearance on Glenn Beck's show, we looked at Barton's defense of The Jefferson Lies on the subject of Jefferson's record on slavery. In this post, we look at the remaining claims regarding slavery made by Barton last week. Here again is the video:Barton claimed that Jefferson inherited 187 slaves when he was 14 years. On the clip at about 4:37, Barton says:He [Jefferson] inherited 187 slaves when he's 14 years old. So … [Read more...]

Scott Lively on Wallbuilders Live

You read that right. Scott Lively, author of The Pink Swastika, was on David Barton's radio show today complaining about me. If you want to listen, go to the August 21 show and click on the link.Barton, Green and Lively would love to make the controversy over The Jefferson Lies about me. Lively's presence on the show can only serve as an attempt to change the subject from Barton's work to something, anything else. Green and Lively doubled down on the accusation that Christian scholars are … [Read more...]

The Point on The Jefferson Lies: We don’t need to change the facts

John Stonestreet, speaking on The Point, a radio minute affiliated with The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, came out in a negative manner toward The Jefferson Lies last week.  Here is the brief segment:The facts are always important -- even when we don’t like them. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.A few weeks ago, David Barton of Wall Builders and frequent guest of the Glenn Beck Show, published a book call … [Read more...]