Warren Throckmorton is right. It is time for more Southern Baptist historians to call attention to the way David Barton uses the past to promote his culture-war agenda. I don’t know much about this event called The Summit, but it looks like a big deal. Barton is one of the speakers. Once again, his problematic views of the past are being promoted as the truth.
The bio states that he speaks to “400 groups each year.” I am not sure how this possible, but it does suggest that there are a lot of people who want to hear what he has to say.
Now I know that there are a lot of good historians and church historians in the Southern Baptist Convention. Some of them read this blog. Thomas Kidd, for example, was influential in exposing Barton’s highly problematic The Jefferson Lies. Perhaps it is time for more of them, especially conservatives, to say something. Why haven’t people like Al Mohler or Russell Moore said anything on this front? Barton’s influence in the SBC is huge!
Southern Baptist leaders and historians have made it abundantly clear that they are interested in TRUTH, but their quest for such truth apparently doesn’t apply to the study of American history.