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Rowe Nails the Worldnutdaily

I saw this column by Tom Flannery in the Worldnutdaily and was planning on writing a critique of its many false claims, but Jon Rowe beat me to it. That’s not a big surprise since we’ve done that often. Flannery attempts to make a common argument among the religious right, that the French revolution turned…

Rowe, Babka and Frazer

There is a fascinating exchange going on over at Positive Liberty between Jon Rowe, Jim Babka and Gregg Frazer. There are two questions under consideration – to what extent is Calvinism opposed to revolution and to the notion of political rights in general; and on a larger level, does the Bible support the notion of…

Rowe on Calvinism and Revolution

Jon Rowe has another terrific post at Positive Liberty on religion and the founding fathers. This one examines the question of whether the revolutionary war was consistent with Calvinist theology. Based largely on the work of Christian historian Gregg Frazer, he concludes that it was not. I have to agree. And I want to call…

Kuznicki on the Meaning of Liberty

After getting settled in to his new home in Maryland, Jason Kuznicki has jumped into the exchange I had with Mark Olson about the meaning of ‘liberty’ in the Declaration of Independence. That’s valuable, because it gives us the perspective of a real historian in evaluating the situation. He essentially comes down on my side…

Laurie on “Famous Last Words”

There is a long history of false claims of deathbed conversions becoming popular among what we might loosely call the religious right. From Jefferson to Darwin to Bertrand Russell, it seems that no man whose beliefs conflict with those of the faithful can be allowed to die without the fashioning of stories about how their…

This time it’s about his false claims about George Washington. For the 8 people who actually care about our ongoing project to debunk the nonsense about the founding fathers that is produced in astounding volumes by the religious right, this post is worth reading.

I have written probably a couple dozen essays taking the religious right to task for their constant misquoting of the founding fathers, and for sometimes just plain passing on false quotes attributed to them. I’m disappointed to see the same thing done in this post on Talk2Action by an advocate of church/state separation. At the…

Rowe on John Witherspoon

Jon Rowe has a fascinating post at Positive Liberty about John Witherspoon, one of our more neglected founding fathers. As Jon notes, Witherspoon is interesting because he was a very orthodox Christian but also an outspoken proponent of the Enlightenment philosophy that undergirds our liberal democratic system. Though Witherspoon was a Calvinist, he broke with…

More Ten Commandments Nonsense

From Greg Laurie in the Worldnutdaily comes this little tidbit of absurdity: It is my belief that one of the reasons for the great success of the United States of America over our 200-plus years can be found in our origins, the fact that our Founding Fathers built this country on a belief in Scripture…

Rowe on Dembski and the Founders

I was busy yesterday with other things, so I sent this post to Jon Rowe to give it the good fisking it deserves. He obliged. In short, Dembski attempted, weakly. to answer Judge Jones’ statements about the founding fathers making reason the arbiter of religious claims. His answer didn’t really answer that assertion, but he…