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. … Continue reading “David Barton's Jefferson Lies: The Immigration and Healthcare Edition”

How to Use Bad Situations to Teach Good Lessons – David Barton's The Jefferson Lies in Foundations of History

Most of my professor colleagues use negative events in the news to teach various lessons. For instance, I have used Mark Driscoll’s plagiarism to teach my students about plagiarism. I feel sure many profs have used Monica Crowley’s plagiarism to teach about that subject. I also refer to David Barton’s faux doctorate to help my … Continue reading “How to Use Bad Situations to Teach Good Lessons – David Barton's The Jefferson Lies in Foundations of History”

Jewish Voice's Jonathan Bernis Goes Tin Foil Hat Over David Barton's The Jefferson Lies

I had a hard time with the title for this one. In a video dated today but out last week, Trump supporting self-styled historian David Barton told a Jewish Voice audience that the Constitution contains the exact words of the Bible and that his book The Jefferson Lies corrects the record on Jefferson. Often Barton … Continue reading “Jewish Voice's Jonathan Bernis Goes Tin Foil Hat Over David Barton's The Jefferson Lies”

George Marsden on The Jefferson Lies and Getting Jefferson Right

Thomas Kidd called George Marsden “the greatest historian of American religion of the past generation.” In The Jefferson Lies, Barton cited Marsden as an authority. In Marsden’s 2014 book titled The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief, he described David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies as an effort to make … Continue reading “George Marsden on The Jefferson Lies and Getting Jefferson Right”

David Barton May or May Not Have a PhD and Promotes the First Edition of The Jefferson Lies

Recently, David Barton appeared on Dove TV and was in rare form. He was on to promote The Jefferson Lies book, but I think he is confused about which edition he is supposed to describe. He told stories about material that was in the first edition but not the second. More on that below. To … Continue reading “David Barton May or May Not Have a PhD and Promotes the First Edition of The Jefferson Lies”

David Barton and Wallbuilders Double Down on The Jefferson Lies Accusations

In his new edition of The Jefferson Lies, David Barton claimed that I recruited Jay Richards to find Christian historians who would engage in a campaign against him. That charge is still false. I denied the charge in a post here and in a review on The Jefferson Lies Amazon page. Today someone at Barton’s … Continue reading “David Barton and Wallbuilders Double Down on The Jefferson Lies Accusations”

David Barton Removes Claim About Chaplains at the University of Virginia in New Edition of The Jefferson Lies

In the 2012 edition of The Jefferson Lies, David Barton claimed to debunk the notion that the University of Virginia (founded by Jefferson) had no chaplains. He took up this as one of his major points as evidence that Jefferson established UVA as a “transdenominational” college. See below from the first edition of The Jefferson … Continue reading “David Barton Removes Claim About Chaplains at the University of Virginia in New Edition of The Jefferson Lies”

What You Need to Know About David Barton's New Edition of The Jefferson Lies (Press Release)

What You Need to Know About David Barton’s New Edition of The Jefferson Lies Contact Warren Throckmorton, warrenthrockmorton@gmail.com GROVE CITY, Penn., Jan. 13, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Yesterday was the official release date of the second edition of “The Jefferson Lies” by Ted Cruz’s Super PAC coordinator David Barton. Published by World Net Daily, the … Continue reading “What You Need to Know About David Barton's New Edition of The Jefferson Lies (Press Release)”

Glenn Beck: "Liberal Bastards" Had David Barton's The Jefferson Lies Pulled from Shelves

Even though the book has been available on Amazon for over two weeks, yesterday was the official release of the second edition of The Jefferson Lies by David Barton. To promote the book, Glenn Beck was in typical hyperbolic mode throughout the day on his network. I caught some of the radio segment and watched … Continue reading “Glenn Beck: "Liberal Bastards" Had David Barton's The Jefferson Lies Pulled from Shelves”

David Barton, John Locke's Two Treatises, and the Real Reason Thomas Nelson Pulled the Jefferson Lies

This post is inside baseball for those who are keeping up with the controversy surrounding David Barton’s history writing. One of David Barton’s frequent claims is that John Locke referred to the Bible 1500 times in his Two Treatise on Government. He said this to a Ukrainian audience and claimed it again in his new … Continue reading “David Barton, John Locke's Two Treatises, and the Real Reason Thomas Nelson Pulled the Jefferson Lies”