More excerpts taken from David Barton’s book, “Jefferson Lies“
The remedy for Historical Relativism is always to look for absolute, established, irrefutable facts about the subject.
It really doesn’t matter how someone “feels” about Jefferson, or whether or not they like or agree with him. Either he did or did not promote emancipation, encourage public religious expressions, include religion in education, and so forth, regardless of whether someone personally agrees or disagrees with him on those issues.
Similar to the means for overcoming Negativism, reading a good biography or sound historical overview helps establish a baseline for identifying truth and objective facts. (Make sure that the author provides not just snippet quotations from historical sources but that he provides enough content to establish the context of quotes, and that he also provides citations to primary sources for the quotations and factual claims made in the book, as I have done throughout this work, but which, as noted earlier, writers such as Professors Isaac Kramnick and Laurence Moore do not do in The Godless Constitution.) Such an overview provides general basic knowledge by which it becomes easier to identify which aspects of a modern writer’s story are merely opinions, as well as any aspects he might be ignoring or exaggerating in order to reflect his own personal views.
Truth is transcendent and immutable, not individually constructed; and establishing truth should always be the objective of any study or reading. As James Madison affirmed, “For what is the object of our discussion? Truth, sir – to draw a true and just conclusion.”
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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 for. 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 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.
We cannot keep teaching beliefs that are not based on solid time worn principles that have endured the test of time. The laws of Nature and/ or Nature’s God cannot be denied without serious consequences.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors. The following chapters follow no particular order of importance. Changing our thinking could change our perspective and thus change the direction we are headed. If no one listens, then the future of our planet and humanity are destined for disaster.
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