Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This Week's "Anxious Bench" Post at Patheos: Throckmorton and Barton Duke it Out

The debate over David Barton's The Jefferson Lies continues.

The conservative Christian World Magazine has published a lengthy essay by Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter drawn largely from their book, Getting Jefferson Right. The fitting title of their article is "David Barton is Wrong."

David Barton offers a lengthy rebuttal to Getting Jefferson Right.  The fitting title of his article is "No, I'm Not Wrong."  At the start of the article Barton grudgingly admits that the work of Throckmorton and Coulter has exposed a few things that need correcting. He writes:

Throckmorton’s work is relentlessly negative and, as I show in this article, many of his charges are simply wrong. However, he does point out a few passages in The Jefferson Lies that might have been more carefully worded or better argued. When I revise the book for its second edition, I will make changes to address these concerns. I do not address every issue he raised in his book, for as will be seen in this article, so many simply do not have merit. But I do address several of his larger criticisms that may seem to observers as having the most substance. 

Read the rest at The Anxious Bench.