David Barton’s _Jefferson Lies_ is Back and Warren Throckmorton is Ready

Warren Throckmorton, blogger and fact-checker extraordinaire, is the harshest critic of GOP activist David Barton.  With the recent release of a new edition of Barton’s debunked The Jefferson Lies, Throckmorton has decided to take out a press release of his own: GROVE CITY, Penn., Jan. 13, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Yesterday was the official release date … Continue reading David Barton’s _Jefferson Lies_ is Back and Warren Throckmorton is Ready

David Barton’s *The Jefferson Lies* Is Back

Warren Throckmorton reminds me that the right-wing conservative website World Net Daily (WND) is republishing David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.Here is the over-the-top promotional video for the book with very dramatic music: The website for the book at WND describes The Jefferson Lies as “The New York … Continue reading David Barton’s *The Jefferson Lies* Is Back

World Net Daily is Publishing a New Edition of David Barton’s *The Jefferson Lies*

Warren Throckmorton has broken the news that the conservative website World Net Daily will be publishing a new edition of Barton’s largely discredited book.  He writes: First, he said Simon & Schuster was going to publish it. They declined. Today, World Net Daily announced plans to publish a new edition in 2016. I am looking forward … Continue reading World Net Daily is Publishing a New Edition of David Barton’s *The Jefferson Lies*

American Vision Comes Out Against David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"

American Vision is a non-profit organization with a mission “to restore America to its biblical foundation–from Genesis to Revelation.”  The organization has strong ties to the work of the late Rousas John Rushdoony, a Christian Reconstructionist who taught his followers that Old Testament law should be applied to modern American society. The president of American … Continue reading American Vision Comes Out Against David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"

Breaking News: Thomas Nelson Publishers Pulls David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"

It’s official.  It looks like Thomas Kidd of World magazine broke the story.  Here it is: The Thomas Nelson publishing company has decided to cease publication and distribution of David Barton’s controversial book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson, saying it has “lost confidence in the book’s details.” (See … Continue reading Breaking News: Thomas Nelson Publishers Pulls David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"

Cincinnati Pastors Boycott Thomas Nelson Publishers and David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"

PRESS RELEASE Christian Leaders Urge Boycott of Thomas Nelson Publishers Over David Barton’s Book, The Jefferson Lies Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 11:00 am – 11:30 am Cincinnati area African-American, white, and Messianic-Jewish pastors and church leaders are meeting at New Jerusalem Baptist Church(26 W. North Bend Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45216) to announce their boycott … Continue reading Cincinnati Pastors Boycott Thomas Nelson Publishers and David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"

Should Thomas Nelson Publishers Take David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies" Out of Print?

Warren Throckmorton thinks that Thomas Nelson, the evangelical publisher who published David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies, should follow the lead of another evangelical publisher and remove the problematic book from its list.  In other words, they should stop publishing it. Throckmorton compares Barton’s book to G.R. Evans, The Roots of the Reformation, a book that … Continue reading Should Thomas Nelson Publishers Take David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies" Out of Print?

Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part Six

This post is part of a continuing series on David Barton’s recent book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.  For earlier posts in the series, click here. As we close out the Introduction of The Jefferson Lies, David Barton calls our attention to the final “ism” that “undermines” our … Continue reading Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part Six

Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part Five

This post is part of a continuing series on David Barton’s recent book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.  For earlier posts in the series, click here. The fourth “ism” that David Barton believes is negatively affecting our understanding of Thomas Jefferson is “Minimalism.” According to Barton, “Minimalism” is … Continue reading Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part Five

Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part Four

This post is part of a continuing series on David Barton’s recent book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.  For earlier posts in the series, click here. The third “ism” that David Barton says is undermining our understanding of Thomas Jefferson is “modernism.” I think Barton is confused here.  … Continue reading Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part Four

Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part Three

This post is part of a continuing series on David Barton’s recent book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.  For earlier posts in the series, click here. The next academic methodology that David Barton believes is threatening our understanding of Thomas Jefferson is “poststructuralism.”  This “ism” comes from 20th … Continue reading Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part Three

Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part Two

This post is part of a continuing series on David Barton’s recent book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.  For earlier posts in the series, click here. David Barton believes that Thomas Jefferson’s legacy “has been impugned” by five “methods” popular among academic historians.  The first is “Deconstructionism.” Barton … Continue reading Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part Two

Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part One

I have finally had a chance to start reading David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.  I am about halfway through the book, so I thought it was time to post some thoughts. It is not my intention in these posts to check all of Barton’s facts.  That … Continue reading Some Thoughts on David Barton’s "The Jefferson Lies"–Part One

It’s Official: Monticello Affirms Thomas Jefferson Fathered Children with Sally Hemings

It was announced on June 6, 2018.  Here is the press release: The issue of Jefferson’s paternity has been the subject of controversy for at least two centuries, ranging from contemporary newspaper articles in 1802 (when Jefferson was President) to scholarly debate well into the 1990s. It is now the Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s view that … Continue reading It’s Official: Monticello Affirms Thomas Jefferson Fathered Children with Sally Hemings

Annette Gordon Reed: Why Jefferson Matters in the Wake of Charlottesville

I have been trying to say something like this throughout the week, but I can’t say it as well or with the expertise and authority of  Annette Gordon-Reed: Today, a time of intense focus on the personal and of misplaced faith in the importance of sincerity, we question whether Jefferson really believed the words “all … Continue reading Annette Gordon Reed: Why Jefferson Matters in the Wake of Charlottesville

The Press Was More Political In Jefferson’s Day Than It Is Today. Yet He Defended It.

Earlier today, while speaking to a crowd in Florida, Donald Trump referenced Thomas Jefferson in a rant condemning the press and the media.  Here is what he said: I also want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news. The dishonest media which has published one false story after another with no sources, even … Continue reading The Press Was More Political In Jefferson’s Day Than It Is Today. Yet He Defended It.