Seeing the numerous historical errors and falsehoods in Eric Metaxas’ new book, it was obvious that he is emulating David Barton in being incredibly dishonest. But he confirmed on his radio show that he used Barton’s books in writing his own (though without ever footnoting him).
Even though Eric Metaxas didn’t footnote him, he said on his radio show today that he used David Barton’s work to help him with history for his new book, If You Can Keep It. He lauded Barton’s historical work as helping him understand the Christian foundations of the nation.
This explains a lot, including his smug reaction to actual historians who have exposed the problems in his new book. Barton didn’t spend much time trying to defend errors until his brand was threatened. Now that WorldNetDaily Press has republished his book The Jefferson Lies, Barton accuses his critics, including evangelical scholars, of being liberals.
At the end of the segment, Metaxas said he had critics in common with Barton and again seemed surprised that his work had been critiqued. Both Barton and Metaxas dismissed the critics as those who don’t like their conclusions about America. Metaxas said he took pride in the critiques but knew he was right.
Yep, he’s copying not only Barton’s dishonesty but also his strategy in responding to critics — actual historians, which he isn’t, including many Christians like John Fea and Gregg Frazer — by not actually responding to them, just claiming that they’re biased against him. And it works for his audience because they don’t care about such things, they only care that his book confirms their preconceived narrative of America as a Christian nation.