The Summit is megapastor Ronnie Floyd’s effort to influence the business community in Northwest Arkansas, a region the Southern Baptist Convention president’s Cross Church already influences plenty.
This Thursday, the event sponsored by many local businesses will feature a speech by David Barton, the oft-criticized historian who’s a favorite with the Religious Right for his religion-infected take on history.
Blogger Warren Throckmorton calls attention to his note on Barton’s appearance in Bentonville.
I hope actual historians at Southern Baptist Schools will take some time to alert Rev. Ronnie Floyd to the problem here.
I would think a person in his position would know the issues and realize that many historians who teach in Southern Baptist Convention schools have spoken out about the problems with Barton’s claims.
Faith, not facts, matter to this crowd. David Barton is particularly popular with the Taliban-like evangelicals who control politics in much of Garland County. He says what they want to hear. Source materials are unimportant.
A snippet from Wikipedia’s summary of Barton:
According to the New York Times, “many professional historians dismiss Mr. Barton, whose academic degree is in Christian Education from Oral Roberts University, as a biased amateur who cherry-picks quotes from history and the Bible.” Barton’s 2012 book The Jefferson Lies was voted “the least credible history book in print” by the users of the History News Network website. The book’s publisher, the Christian publishing house Thomas Nelson, disavowed the book and withdrew it from sale. A senior executive said that Thomas Nelson could not stand by the book because “basic truths just were not there.”