Thomas Nelson has ceased publication of David Barton’s book The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson, because it has “lost confidence in the book’s details” (“Lost Confidence,” World magazine, Aug. 9, 2012). I rarely agree with Thomas Nelson, but in this case they are probably right in that Barton twists historical facts out of context in order to support his view that the vast majority of the America’s founders were “orthodox, evangelical Christians,” which simply was not the case. Many of the founders were skeptics who rejected the fall of man, the infallible inspiration of Scripture, and the necessity of Christ’s blood atonement for salvation. According to my own research, these include Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, John Adams, and Ethan Allen.
It should be sufficient warning that Barton is a staunch supporter of the New Age Mormon Glenn Beck and his misguided Divine Destiny campaign, as we have documented. Most recently, Barton joined Beck (plus Word-faith heretics Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and Catholic priests Jonathan Morris and Frank Pavone, among others) at the “Under God: Indivisible” event at High Point Church in Arlington, Texas, in July. If Mr. Barton doesn’t have the wisdom to discern things that are before his very eyes, how can he be a dependable witness of things past?
(Friday Church News Notes, August 17, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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