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Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right's Alternate Version of American History, Vol. 1 Paperback – August 10, 2006
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There has been a series of revisionist "history" books published since the end of WWII which give a "Christian" version of American history that attempts to paint the Founding Fathers and subsequent American culture in a way that is in agreement with contemporary Fundamentalism. We have now had a couple of generations of conservative Christians who have been buying into this version of history and reacting angrily to an America that assumes fundamental principals like the separation of church and state to be at the core of what America stands for.
Author Rodda systematically lists and then busts a series of myths that these spurious history books have generated. She leaves no stone unturned in doing so.
Things get really scary when she starts quoting Supreme Court opinions written by Rennquist, Thomas and Burger, and it becomes apparent that members of our highest court do not know the difference between real history and Fundamentalist wishful thinking.
The book is a fascinating study in how the desire for a different set of facts can, over time, morph into an alternative if deluded "reality".
Anyone who has even casually studied Christianists can easily come up with a list of defining attributes, one being they all in some combination develop, promote, or believe in a false history of our nation's founding and the character of our founding framers, again with the exception of a few Christian reconstructionists, who advocate we peacefully overturn our Constitution and install a fascist, theocratic state. This revisionist effort is so pervasive within this movement many even home-school their children to deprive them of an accurate rendering of American history; along with the promotion of religious notions as superior explanations describing nature at the expense of scientific understandings.
Why? With the exception of a tiny percentage of far-left fringe groups, most Americans look to our founding as a great moment in history where principles and ideals worthy of defense were ratified in our beloved U.S. Constitution.Read more ›
As an Episcopalian, I was quite shocked to learn that the Liars for Jesus have stolen words out of my own Book of Common Prayer to further their questionable agenda.
Those liars do great damage to our religious freedom, a freedom that generations upon generations have fought and died to protect.
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Great book, I'm looking forward to the next volume in the series. This is a history book that tells the back story that other school history books don't.Published 5 days ago by Techman
Well researched with plenty of citations in the footnotes to check for factual correctness. It's a bit telling how all the 1 star ratings are not verified purchases as they are... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Enrique S.
They lied? Who knew? Here's an explanation, tho not explicit, for the rise of the "nones".Published 13 days ago by Richard Lasater
My thoughts echo much of what has been said by earlier reviewers. The object of the book is to accurately document misleading statements, omissions of fact and outright lies on the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jerry Carpenter
it i just so hard to believe that Jesus's name can come out anyones mouth at all. hypocrisy is truly the endeavor of the snake oil salesman.Published 1 month ago by sam twain
Liars for Jesus, Volume 1, is a detailed takedown of the lies of David Barton. I did not expect to ever read a book this detailed. It is concise and unpretentious. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vitr Fouka
Detailed account of the abuses of history by the religious right. Good historyPublished 5 months ago by Jim Fayssoux
Chris Rodda exposes liars with clear and irrefutable facts and documents those with evidence to back it up, exposing liars like Barton who puts out a lie then after being exposed... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chriss R Miller