Gospel Coalition: David Barton is Doing it Wrong

Writing for the Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor gets right to the point: David Barton does history wrong. And Taylor recommends my book (with Michael Coulter) Getting Jefferson Right.That right there is a great post.The reason for the post is to point readers toward well researched and written sources on America's founding. For the most part, I think Taylor put together a great list of resources on the religious dimensions of the founding era.I do take issue with two sentences Taylor … [Read more...]

What You Can Get Thomas Jefferson on His Birthday!

TJ was born on April 13, 1743. So what can you get a founder of our country who is experiencing his reward?1. You can spread this post around Twitter and Facebook: David Barton's Jefferson Lies: The Immigration and Healthcare Edition. This post illustrates how far David Barton will go to misrepresent Jefferson to suit Barton's political views. Barton adds and subtracts words from our third president's 1805 address to Congress in order to support Barton's preferred narrative. Jefferson's not … [Read more...]

David Barton’s Jefferson Lies: The Immigration and Healthcare Edition

Chris Rodda has done it again. Although I can't add much to this take down of David Barton, I want my readers to be aware of it. Let me summarize and further illustrate Rodda's excellent post.On the March 9 edition of Wallbuilders Live radio program, Barton took a question from a listener about immigration. To answer her, Barton claims to offer a quote from Thomas Jefferson. Listen:Transcript: Let me read a Thomas Jefferson quote on what the federal government’s to do with this c … [Read more...]

Thomas Jefferson on the Importance of a Free Press (UPDATED with Trump’s Jefferson Quote)

Yesterday, President Donald Trump called the media (singling out the New York Times, CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC) the "enemy of the American people."The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017Trump's barrage of animosity toward the press reminded me of the Sedition Act of 1798. I hope we do not go back to that dark day.Thomas Jefferson was a staunch c … [Read more...]

David Barton Again Whitewashes Thomas Jefferson Views on Race

Yesterday, David Barton came to Thomas Jefferson's rescue after a statue of the third president was defaced last weekend at Jefferson's alma mater the College of William & Mary. Those who attacked the statue painted Jefferson's hands red and wrote "slave owner" nearby.Indeed, Jefferson was a slave owner at the same time he made some steps to end the slave trade. He signed the bill ending the slave trade in 1808. However, Jefferson owned slaves at the same time he signed that bill into … [Read more...]

Eric Metaxas and David Barton: Show Me the Miracles

On Tuesday, I posted an audio clip of David Barton on Eric Metaxas' radio show talking about the two times when Thomas Jefferson cut up the Gospels to create an extraction of the morals of Jesus. During Jefferson's first term, he revealed his beliefs about Christianity to some of his closer friends and in the process decided to cut out of the Gospels portions which Jefferson believed were actually from Jesus, leaving the rest behind.On the program, Barton told Metaxas a made up story about … [Read more...]

David Barton Told Eric Metaxas an Untrue Story about the Jefferson Bible

Last week, Eric Metaxas had David Barton on his radio show and told the audience that he loved Barton and his work. He also said he used some of Barton's work to help write his new book If You Can Keep It. That book has been the subject of many critical reviews.They also briefly discussed Barton's pulled-from-publication book, The Jefferson Lies. In particular, Barton claimed to enlighten the audience about what is commonly known as the Jefferson Bible. Metaxas started to ask Barton a … [Read more...]

On July 4, 1826, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Died – Happy Independence Day!

With slight editing, this post is reprinted from prior posts on Independence Day. Last year it was the culmination of my Daily Jefferson series.Happy Independence Day!In addition to being Independence Day, this is the day that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. On this day in 1826, former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were once fellow Patriots and then adversaries, die on the same day within five hours of each ot … [Read more...]