Sunday, December 07, 2008

Examples of David Barton's Influence:

You can listen to Robert Jeffress' latest Christian Nation sermon here. In it he notes David Barton recently spoke at his church and then repeated the canard that 52 out of 55 of the men who attended the Constitutional Convention were "evangelical Christians." As I noted in a past post, Jeffress is also adamant that Mormons are not Christians.

Earlier at American Creation we posted this video of David Barton, which I reproduce below. Look at how Barton nods his head when asked by two evangelicals that 95% of the FFs were Christians. When they say "Christian" they think evangelical, orthodox Trinitarian. And it's ludicrous to think that 95% of the FFs qualify as such.

The only reason why I bring this up is because I've been challenged that, no, this really isn't what Barton is trying to do; these two examples demonstrate what Barton's game is all about. If we can concede this, I'm willing to move on and just not discuss David Barton anymore, rather focus on what the Founders actually said and believed and not on attacking one man's revisionist agenda.

Also note how Barton distorts James Wilson's teachings. James Wilson's Works never quotes from the Bible, the Ten Commandments as authority, though he does make some dithering allusions to scripture. The following is the type of dithering allusion that Wilson made to scripture without ever citing individual verses and chapters as authority:

Reason and conscience can do much; but still they stand in need of support and assistance. They are useful and excellent monitors; but, at some times, their admonitions are not sufficiently clear; at other times, they are not sufficiently powerful; at all times, their influence is not sufficiently extensive. Great and sublime truths, indeed, would appear to a few; but the world, at large, would be dark and ignorant. The mass of mankind would resemble a chaos, in which a few sparks, that would diffuse a glimmering light, would serve only to show, in a more striking manner, the thick darkness with which they are surrounded. Their weakness is strengthened, their darkness is illuminated, their influence is enlarged by that heaven-descended science, which has brought life and immortality to light. In compassion to the imperfection of our internal powers, our all-gracious Creator, Preserver, and Ruler has been pleased to discover and enforce his laws, by a revelation given to us immediately and directly from himself. This revelation is contained in the holy scriptures. The moral precepts delivered in the sacred oracles form a part of the law of nature, are of the same origin, and of the same obligation, operating universally and perpetually.

And James Wilson was (probably) not an orthodox Christian but a theistic rationalist who noted, in those dithering allusions, that scripture still doesn't supersede the "operations" of man's reason and the senses which were designed to be supreme. The following is the type of quotation that Barton's followers don't like the hear:

These considerations show, that the scriptures support, confirm, and corroborate, but do not supercede the operations of reason and the moral sense.

1 comment:

Matt W. said...

Thanks for this, Jonathan.