In fact, David Barton, a popular Christian nation apologist, has seized upon the perceived orthodoxy of these various universities to defend his claim that 52 of the 55 signers to the Constitution were orthodox Christians.
[For those who came in late, David Barton is a well-reviled right-wing historian-advocate who argues for the Christian origins of the United States.]
Here's the thing---there were 40 signers of the Constitution, not 55.
There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, not 55.
When I google "52 of 55 signers," I get a lot of hits, most of them cut-and-pastes of a pro-Christian email, the rest are cut-and-pastes of a secularist rebuttal featuring historian Clinton Rossiter's opinion, which Brad Hart also reproduces below.
What I can't find is Barton's actual claim, only second-hand accounts of what Barton supposedly said. Apparently it comes from a Barton book called "America's Godly Heritage," actually a 40-page pamphlet that accompanies a 1993 video of the same name.
Barton made some amateurish errors back then and has attempted to clean up his scholar act since then. Does Barton still make that claim? What claim was it?
How many out of how many signers of what document were what? I'm so confused...