A group blog to promote discussion, debate and insight into the history, particularly religious, of America's founding. Any observations, questions, or comments relating to the blog's theme are welcomed.
Let's leave the word "lie" for those other people. It's unnecessary here at the American Creation blog.I have found the people who use the word "lie" about David Barton to be in error themselves on occasion. It has not been necessary to call them liars.
You are probably right. I've just been copying the titles and linking to them.
Isn't this how myths "get their life"? People hear what they want to hear and then extrapolate it to generalities, or universals. Myths hold value in understanding what makes meaning out of a particular society, says the anthropologists.Human psychologists argue about the meaning of "importance, and value of particular details". And social psychologists understand this is how "a people" are formed.
Historical science is using one's imagination to "fill in the gaps" when there are missing sources. Some of the original sources are owned by Barton (am I right?), so, he can make of them what he wants. We are a Christian-Judeo nation, which is a particular religious framing, but isn't specified, as America is the result of a "Protest" movement away from the Anglican Church (to purify it!), historically. But, we are also a product of Martin Luther's resistance against the Catholic Church's abuses of power (authority) against individuals, ideologically. Thus, we have the "seeds" of our culture wars, religiously speaking.
Nominalism is how our nation has defined its "faith", so that individuals were "free to choose" apart from authority and definitions of "purity" (idolatry).In that sense we were an "atheist nation", as we didn't define "God", but left it up to the imagination (conscience) of the believer. Free association of religious conscious being about free choice.
The tradition we kept as a nation was the British tradition of "the common law". We are still tied to Britian in this sense. We just do recognize a "House of Lords".America believed that equality under law was about limiting government power, and granting certain protections under our Constitution.
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