Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Interesting graph on liberal arts majors

Robert Cornwall reviews Charles Marsh, Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Miles Mullin reviews Randall Balmer, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter  Art Remillard interview Balmer here.

Writing 400,000 words in one year

Tracy McKenzie reviews Matthew Stewart, Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic.

The cost of revolution

Goodbye Nein Quarterly

Moravian pacifists and Independence Day, 1783

Wilfred McClay remembers John Dickinson

Annette Gordon-Reed reviews Fred Kaplan, John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

Why Americans love to declare independence

Timothy Beal on evangelicalism

Ulysses S. Grant sees the world

Benjamin Moser reviews Alex Beam, American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church

Telling lies about the American founding

Why can't Northwestern University make the NCAA tournament?

Eric Herschthal reviews Claudio Saunt, West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776

Steven B. Smith reviews Danielle Allen, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality


Tom Van Dyke said...

Telling lies about the American founding [link]

The Dangerous Lies We Tell About America's Founding

Myths may comfort us, but facts are our best weapon against Tea Party perversions

"a founding myth that...more than half of Tea Party members believe: that our Founding Fathers were religious men, and that America is therefore a “Christian nation.”


"[T]o what degree did the Founding Fathers consider themselves loyal to the version of Christianity that prevailed in America at their time? Not much, [Matthew] Stewart concluded after a decade of research.

"Deism, he argues persuasively, “is in fact functionally indistinguishable from what we would now call 'pantheism'; and pantheism is really just a pretty word for atheism.” Them’s fighting words.

Y'know, John, why does Barton get all the flak and BS like this in the liberal The New Republic get a free pass from the Ivory Towers of Truth?

"The Dangerous Lies We Tell About America's Founding" indeed.

Tom Van Dyke said...

The Boston Globe.

"Boston-based writer Matthew Stewart": "I was amazed at the disconnect between the richness of these facts and the tawdry and quite bigoted version of the American Revolution of someone like [evangelical Christian writer] David Barton.

The last thing any sane man wants to get caught doing is defending David Barton.

But "bigoted?" You know enough about Barton to know that for all his failings, that's a slander.

Sorry to dump this on your doorstep, Dr. Fea, but where does this all end? Lines have been crossed, but who dares to speak up?