Conservative Christian scholars criticize new book that paints distorted picture of Thomas Jefferson

A couple of weeks ago, I told you HERE that a new tome about Thomas Jefferson (above)  has been named the Least Credible History Book in Print.

And now that same book, along with other works by notorious theocrat David Barton, have been REVIEWED by 10 conservative Christian professors:

Their response was negative. Some examples: Glenn Moots of Northwood University wrote that Barton in “The Jefferson Lies” is so eager to portray Jefferson as sympathetic to Christianity that he misses or omits obvious signs that Jefferson stood outside “orthodox, creedal, confessional Christianity.” A second professor, Glenn Sunshine of Central Connecticut State University, said that Barton’s characterization of Jefferson’s religious views is “unsupportable.” A third, Gregg Frazer of The Master’s College, evaluated Barton’s video “America’s Godly Heritage” and found many of its factual claims dubious, such as a statement that “52 of the 55 delegates at the Constitutional Convention were ‘orthodox, evangelical Christians.’” Barton told me he found that number in M.E. Bradford’s “A Worthy Company.”


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.”


[Jay W.] Richards emphasizes that he and the scholars he consulted about Barton are politically conservative evangelicals or Catholics. They largely agree with Barton’s belief that Christian principles played a major role in America’s founding, but Richards argues that Barton’s books and videos are full of “embarrassing factual errors, suspiciously selective quotes, and highly misleading claims.”



  1. While I am interested in learning more about Jefferson, all I had to do was see the “Foreword by Glenn Beck” to know that I can safely ignore this book.

  2. dogrescuer

    Yes, the “Foreward by Glenn Beck” was the tip-off!

  3. The publisher is pulling this book stating they’ve, “lost confidence in the book’s details.”

  4. Thomas Jefferson now blogs! Even about religion!
    For a balanced view of the man, read his own words at http://ThomasJeffersonLeadership.com/blog/
    Several times each week, he posts briefly on a variety of topics.
    Last week’s posts were:
    – What principles would guide your design?
    – Do newcomers have the same privileges as old-timers?
    – Should females be educated?
    This week’s are:
    – Does your head (reason) of heart (emotion) prevail?
    – Should the government subsidize anything? If so, what?

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