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Eugene

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Fri Dec 1, 2023, 09:02 AM Dec 2023

The Bogus Historians Who Teach Evangelicals They Live in a Theocracy

Source: Politico

The Bogus Historians Who Teach Evangelicals They Live in a Theocracy

A new book on the Christian right reveals how a series of unscrupulous leaders turned politics into a powerful and lucrative gospel.

By TIM ALBERTA
12/01/2023 05:00 AM EST

Ihad never seen a sanctuary so full on a Tuesday night.

The people packed into FloodGate Church in Brighton, Mich., weren’t here for Bill Bolin, the right-wing zealot pastor who’d grown his congregation tenfold by preaching conspiracy-fueled sermons since the onset of Covid-19, turning Sunday morning worship services into amateur Fox News segments. No, they had come out by the hundreds, decked out in patriotic attire this October evening in 2021, to hear from a man who was introduced to them as “America’s greatest living historian.” They had come for David Barton. And so had I.

It would be of little use to tell the folks around me — the people of my conservative hometown — that Barton wasn’t a real historian. They wouldn’t care that his lone academic credential was a bachelor’s degree in religious education from Oral Roberts University. It wouldn’t matter that Barton’s 2012 book on Thomas Jefferson was recalled by Thomas Nelson, the world’s largest Christian publisher, for its countless inaccuracies, or that a panel of 10 conservative Christian academics who reviewed Barton’s body of work in the aftermath ripped the entirety of his scholarship to shreds. It would not bother the congregants of FloodGate Church to learn that they were listening to a man whose work was found by one of America’s foremost conservative theologians to include “embarrassing factual errors, suspiciously selective quotes, and highly misleading claims.”

All this would be irrelevant to the people around me because David Barton was one of them. He believed the separation of church and state was a myth. He believed the time had come for evangelicals to reclaim their rightful place atop the nation’s governmental and cultural institutions. Hence the hero’s welcome Barton received when he rolled into FloodGate with his “American Restoration Tour.”

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Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2023/12/01/evangelicals-american-politics-tim-alberta-book-excerpt-00129319

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The Bogus Historians Who Teach Evangelicals They Live in a Theocracy (Original Post) Eugene Dec 2023 OP
Evangelicals are not practing what their Master told them Stargazer99 Dec 2023 #1

Stargazer99

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1. Evangelicals are not practing what their Master told them
Fri Dec 1, 2023, 10:59 AM
Dec 2023

Christ never forced anyone to his belief and followers were told not to be of this world and forcing through politics anyone's religion on another is not what they were told to do by the Master. They are simply kidding themselves and doing something they would not like to happen to them. Maybe forcing them to my religious beliefs might put some light on their worldly ways

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