Cory Leonard

The David Barton controversy | Getting History Wrong

In politics on August 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Misrepresenting history with style on the Daily Show–and building a following with a crazy successful business–David Barton is bad news for Christians who want to be taken seriously. He belongs in the same category as Glenn Beck (and Jon Stewart for that matter)–a skilled entertainer with an agenda of one part marketing genius and another part serious-sounding-stuff who shouldn’t ever be your primary source of knowledge.

A full-scale, newly published critique of Barton is coming from Professors Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter of Grove City College, a largely conservative Christian school in Pennsylvania. Their book Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President (Salem Grove Press), argues that Barton “is guilty of taking statements and actions out of context and simplifying historical circumstances.” For example, they charge that Barton, in explaining why Jefferson did not free his slaves, “seriously misrepresents or misunderstands (or both) the legal environment related to slavery.”

via | Barton controversy | Thomas Kidd | Aug 25, 12.


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