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Notorious theocrat’s tome on Thomas Jefferson named Least Credible History Book In Print

As a casual student of Jeffersoniana, I guess I’m going to have to get a copy of David Barton’s presumably ridiculous book about our third president.

I’m prompted by the BOOBY PRIZE the book has earned from the History News Network, an award based in part, apparently, on the observation that “Barton misrepresents and distorts a host of Jefferson’s ideas and actions, particularly his views and practices regarding religion, slavery and church-state relations.”

Incidentally, it says HERE that “Barton holds no formal credentials in history or law, and scholars dispute the accuracy and integrity of his assertions about history, accusing him of practicing misleading historical revisionism, ‘pseudoscholarship’ and ‘outright falsehoods.’ According to the New York Times, ‘many professional historians dismiss Mr. Barton, whose academic degree is in Christian Education from Oral Roberts University, as a biased amateur who cherry-picks quotes from history and the Bible.'”

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  1. dogrescuer

    Notice who wrote the Forward to this book. Enough said regarding the book’s credibility!

  2. A casual Jefferson student might be interested in his blog at
    http://ThomasJeffersonLeadership.com/blog/
    Several times each week, he posts briefly on a variety of topics, including religion. Recent posts were:
    – “Are rules made to be broken?”
    – “Have you walked 10,000 steps today?,” and
    – “Is there a doctor in the house?”
    July 2’s post was “WWJD?”
    July 4 featured an interesting tidbit from Jefferson’s personal notes on July 4, 1776.

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