To reiterate: our answers will only be as good as our questions, so it’s important that we come to this study with an open mind, seeking to ask the best questions so that we can arrive at answers that correspond with reality.
Here is some further recommended reading for those who are interested:
For religious biographies of the Founding Fathers, you could start with:
- Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter, Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about our Third President
- Daniel Dreisbach, Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers [see his guest post here at the EH blog, and the TGC review by Gregg Frazer]
- John Fea, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? A Historian Introduction
- Gregg L. Frazer, The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution [see Thomas Kidd’s review at Books & Culture]
- Thomas Kidd, God of Liberty: A History of the American Revolution
For introductory guides on how to do responsible history—that is, how not to do history like David Barton—you could start with
- Thomas Kidd, Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots
- Thomas Kidd, Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father
Finally, here is a sit-down conversation with historians Mark Noll and George Marsden—co-authors with Nathan Hatch of The Search for Christian America (1983; revised in 1989). After the video, I’ve added rough time-stamps for their dialogue.
- John Fea, Why Study History?
- Carl Trueman, Histories and Fallacies
- Nathan Finn, History: A Student’s Guide
- Jay Green, Christian Historiography [see my review at Books & Culture]
Sunday, May 21, 2017
TGC: "Christian History: How David Barton Is Doing It Wrong"
Check it out here. A taste: