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For the third installment of my little series debunking the American history lies being told on Glenn Beck, I’m going to take on another of pseudo-historian David Barton’s favorite lies: that Thomas Jefferson dated his presidential documents not just “In the Year of Our Lord,” but that he went even further than any of our…

Robert Dale Owen on Romans 13

Folks interested in freethinking heritage may enjoy this. This is perhaps the first notable example of a freethinker using the revolution/Romans 13 argument, claiming the Founding for anti-biblical principles. Plenty of devout Christians during the American Founding thought the revolution sinfully broke Romans 13. And for that and other reasons they remained loyalists. As he…

This is the second episode of my “No, Mr. Beck” video series, debunking the American history lies promoted by Glenn Beck on his “Founders’ Fridays” episodes and other shows. This one is about another mainstay of pseudo-historian David Barton’s presentations: an 1809 letter from John Adams to Benjamin Rush that Barton butchers to make it…

Since it’s that time of year where TV shows are all in reruns, I’ve decided to rerun this year’s episodes of my “No, Mr. Beck” series here, an episode a day for the rest of the week. (Several exciting new episodes are in the works for “season 2,” which I’ll be working on after the…

Will “History” Ever End?

Writing in TNR, Mark Lilla informs that intellectuals in China seem genuinely interested in the theories of Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss. I know more about Strauss than Schmitt. My admiration for the Straussians must be strange. I don’t agree with the Straussian neo-conservatism that wants war abroad and religious conservatism at home. Yet, I…

Peter Lillback and the power of Glenn Beck

I got Peter Lillback’s George Washington’s Sacred Fire (that argues Washington an “orthodox Trinitarian Christian”) when it came out in 2006 and began blogging about it. I don’t know the exact numbers of its original run; I seem to remember it doing well with the “Christian America” crowd (WorldNetDaily et al.). Yet, I never saw…

Rodda Debunks Jefferson Myth

Chris Rodda, who is now contributing to Talk2Action, starts off his contributions with a bang, debunking one of the most commonly heard myths about Thomas Jefferson. Yes, there are a lot of myths spread by the religious right about Jefferson; this particular one is that he was such a devout Christian that he attended church…

The Founding Fathers and Universalism

I have written at some length about the religious beliefs of the leading founding fathers (primarily Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson and Madison). We’ve already established that none were orthodox Christians, that all of them shared a common perspective that Gregg Frazer has best described as theistic rationalism. There’s one other aspect of their perspective that…

Hitchens, Jefferson and Atheism

A few weeks ago I mentioned a blog post I’d come across claiming, based upon Dawkins’ new book, that Thomas Jefferson was an atheist. Since I’d given away my copy of that book, I asked my readers to provide the actual text of the book on this point and many of you were helpful enough…

Rowe Hammers Barton Again

Jon Rowe has an excellent post once again blasting David Barton for his utterly irrational historical revisionism in regard to religion and the constitution. He points to a document I’ve never seen before, an affidavit that Barton filed in the McCreary ten commandments case. You have to read this document. The illogic is absolutely breathtaking.…