Modernism Changes the Facts of HIstory

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In David Barton’s book, “Jefferson Lies“. examples are given about how word meanings and attitudes are changed over time and how this distorts the true meaning of what the author may have meant

A fourth common historical malpractice is Modernism,* which examines historical events and persons as if they occurred and lived today rather than in the past. It thus severs history from its context and setting, therefore misrepresenting historical beliefs and events. For example, it seems self-evident to twenty-first century Americans that slavery is immoral, and I certainly agree. But the problem comes when modern writers condemn America’s Founders for not immediately abolishing the practice even invoking this as evidence that America did not have a Christian Founding.  Such claims reflect Modernism (that is, Presentism) – measuring eighteenth-century Americans by twenty-first century standards. Modernists fail to recognize, or at least to acknowledge, that slavery had been widely accepted for millennia before the Founding Fathers, and that during the Founding Era numerous American Gospel ministers cited Biblical texts from both Old and New Testament in support of the institution,  even owning slaves themselves.  Our current belief about slavery has literally taken centuries to gradually develop. By way of analogy, a century from now Modernists may condemn our generation for its failure to abolish abortion, especially since it has been irrefutably proved that the procedure kills a living human being. But as one who lives in this generation, I understand that our inability (thus far) to end this moral reprehension does not mean that all of us in this generation condone such behavior.

So it is with the people of that generation, not all believed in slavery, and those that did could see nothing wrong wiht that practice. Different times, different beliefs.


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I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.

It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

Their teachings have become convoluted and are no longer deemed sensible. Because so many have lost sight of the basic universal truths, they think these values no longer apply. Mention age old values and many people would have no idea what you were talking about.



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