As Kevin Levin at Civil War Memory put it, it has been “a bad day for David Barton, but a good day for history.” As you may have heard, Thomas Nelson ceased publication of Barton’s The Jefferson Lies. I will let you do a Google search to read more about it.
But I am still interested in a question I asked last night. Are there any Christian college or universities–fundamentalist, evangelical, separatist, accredited, non-accredited, Bible schools, etc…–who use Barton’s work to teach American history? (Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition has picked up on this question, so I hope we will get some more responses).
In case you do not read blog comments, I have posted all of them from the original post below. More comments or insights are much appreciated.
I’m a professor at BJU, and I do not teach from Barton or ascribe to his views (in general).
I taught history at a Texas Christian college for 15 years and we did not use any Barton stuff. As Arts and Science division chair, I had to ask a Government an adjunct to not use Barton. He is big among home schoolers.
On my Twitter feed I heard from a history prof at Evangel College in Missouri. (Assembly of God) Their department does not endorse Barton. This is interesting because I know many AG folks who do support his views.
I also heard from a graduate of Pensacola Christian College who did not remember reading Barton and could not find any reference to his books in the history curriculum. If anyone knows anything about PCC’s History Department, please let me know.
I have heard that they use Barton at Liberty, but he is used in the Law School and, from all reports, not endorsed by the History Department.
What about Tennessee Temple University? Anyone?
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