Like many of you, I’m in the midst of grading finals and conducting the necessary business of wrapping up a semester. As a result today’s post will be brief.
Read this. Here are some teaser excerpts:
“[David] Barton is a self-taught historian who is described by several conservative presidential aspirants as a valued adviser and a source of historical and biblical justification for their policies. He is so popular that evangelical pastors travel across states to hear his rapid-fire presentations on how the United States was founded as a Christian nation and is on the road to ruin, thanks to secularists and the Supreme Court, or on the lost political power of the clergy.
Through two decades of prolific, if disputed, research and some 400 speeches a year on what he calls the forgotten Christian roots of America, Mr. Barton, 57, a former school principal and an ordained minister, has steadily built a reputation as a guiding spirit of the religious right. Keeping an exhaustive schedule, hhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gife is also immersed in the nuts and bolts of politics and maintains a network of 700 anti-abortion state legislators.
Many historians call his research flawed, but Mr. Barton’s influence appears to be greater than ever. …
Mr. Huckabee, who has known Mr. Barton since his days as governor of Arkansas, calls him ‘maybe the greatest living historian on the spiritual nature of America’s early days.’ “
Let’s discuss. – TL