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August 16, 2012

Getting Jefferson Right

Getting Jefferson Right

The facts are always important—even when we don’t like them. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.


A few weeks ago, David Barton of Wall Builders and frequent guest of the Glenn Beck Show, published a book called “The Jefferson Lies: Exposing Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.” But many historians think that it’s Barton’s book that is full of myths and inaccuracies about our third president.

In fact, Dr. Jay Richards, a recent guest with me on BreakPoint This Week, asked ten Christian historians to assess Barton’s work. Their responses were pretty negative. And now Barton’s publisher has taken the book out of print and apologized.

We may be eager to portray the founding fathers — and especially Jefferson — as orthodox, evangelical Christians and gloss over any evidence to the contrary. But as Dr. Richards argues in World and Os Guinness presents in his new book A Free People’s Suicide, the American experiment was exceptional enough that we don’t need to change the facts to prove it. Come to to hear my interview with Os Guinness about this new book. For the Point, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Publisher pulls Jefferson book over inaccuracies
Scott Stump | MSNBC | August 10, 2012

David Barton's Errors
Greg Forster | First Things | August 08, 2012

The David Barton controversy
World | August 25, 2012

BreakPoint This Week: The Suicide of American Freedom (Interview with Os Guinness)
John Stonestreet & Eric Metaxas | August 11, 2012

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