Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President

Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President

by Warren Throckmorton, Michael Coulter

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Overview

Over two centuries after he left the presidency, Thomas Jefferson continues to be the subject of competing claims about his public policy and his private beliefs.

In Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, two religious conservatives examines key claims frequently made by other religious conservatives about Thomas Jefferson. Using Jefferson's correspondence, accounts of Jefferson's contemporaries, and other original sources, Throckmorton and Coulter separate fact from fiction. Upon analysis, many claims about Jefferson made by religiously conservative culture warriors don't hold up.

The authors examine the following questions and more.

-Did Jefferson sign his presidential documents, "In the year of our Lord Christ?"

-Did Jefferson and other Founders finance a Bible in 1798 to get the Word of God to America's Families?

-Did Jefferson found the Virginia Bible Society?

-Was Jefferson an orthodox Christian, who only rarely expressed questions about orthodox Christian doctrine?

-Did Jefferson approve laws providing federal funds to evangelize Indians?

-Did Jefferson edit the Gospels of the New Testament to remove sections he disagreed with?

The aim of the authors is to get Jefferson right.

*Getting Jefferson Right* is an intellectual and historical take down of David Barton's pseudo-history of Thomas Jefferson by two Christian professors who teach at a conservative Christian college. Michael Coulter and Warren Throckmorton have done their homework. Anyone who reads this book must come to grips with the untruths and suspect historical interpretations that Barton regularly peddles in his books, speaking engagements, and on his radio program. I have yet to read a more thorough refutation of Barton's claims.

--John Fea, Chair of the History Department, Messiah College and author of *Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction*

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014402088
Publisher: Warren Throckmorton
Publication date: 05/09/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 793 KB

About the Author

Warren Throckmorton, PhD is Professor of Psychology at Grove City College and is co-founder of the Golden Rule Pledge.

Michael Coulter is Professor of Humanities and Political Science at Grove City College.

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