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So far I don’t know of a single book that exposes academic fraud among theologians or Religious Studies professors. But, there are some high profile cases of fraud and deception in many other disciplines. Students ought to be aware that many books taken to be “the truth” are actually highly questionable. Here are some examples of academic debunking:
David Lehman, Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man, New York, Poseidon Press, 1991
Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont, Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals and the Abuse of Science, New York, Picadore, 1998
David Stoll, Rigoberta Menchú and the story of all Poor Guatemalans, Boulder, Westview Press, 1999
Derek Freeman, Margaret Mead and Samoa: The Making and Unmaking of an Anthropological Myth, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 1983
Paul Johnson, Intellectuals, London, weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988
Reinhard May, Heideggger’s Hidden Sources, London, routledge, 1989
Johannes Fritsch, National Destiny and National Socialism in Heidegger’s Being and Time, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1999
Richard J. Golsan, Fascism’s Return, Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1998
Philip g. Davis, Goddess Unmasked: The Rise of Neopagan Feminist Spirituality, Dallas, Spence Publishing Company, 1998
William McGuire, Bollingen: An Adventure in Collecting the Past, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1982
This book doesn’t debunk anything, but it does show the way a small group of dedicated people with extensive financial resources can influence academic thinking.
Dennis Dworkin, Cultural Marxism in Postwar Britian, Durham, Duke University Press, 1997
Not really debunking – it just demonstrates the influence of a school of thought.
Jay Courtney Fikes, Carlos Castanede, Academic Opportunism, and the Psychedelic Sixties, Victoria, B.C., Millenia Press, 1993
Nancy A. Harrowitz, Tainted Greatness: Antisemitism and Cultural Heroes, Philadelphia, Temple University Press
Adriana Berger, “Fascism and Religion in Romania”, the Annals of Scholarship, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 455-65
A stunning attack on Eliade by his former research assistant. Bryan S. Rennie attempts to refute it in “The Diplomatic Career of Mircea Eliade: A Response to Adriana Berger”, in Religion, 1992 Vol. 22, pp. 375-392
Adriana Berger, “Mircea Eliade’s Vision for a New Humanism”, Society, July/August 1993, pp. 84-87
Max Weinreich, Hitler’s Professors, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1999
Alice Gallin, Midwives to Nazis: University Professors in Weimar Germany, 1925-1933, Macon, Georgia, Merecer University Press, 1986
John Warwick Montgomery, In Defense of Martin Luther, Milwaukee, Northwestern Publishing House, 1970
Uwe Siemon-Netto, The Fabricated Luther: The Rise and Fall of the Shirer Myth, St. Louis, Concordia Publishing House, 1995
Norman G. Finkelstein and Ruth Bettian Birn, A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth, New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1998
Franklin H. Littell, ed., Hyping the Holocaust: Scholars Answer Goldhagen, Merion, Merion Westfield Press, 1997
Gary T. Amos, Defending the Declaration, Brentwood, Tennessee, Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1989
This book contains a very interesting critique of Carl Becker’s views about the Deism of John Locke.
I Bernard Cohen, Revolution in Science, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 1985
Alan Davies, Infected Christianity: A Study of Modern Racism, Kingston and Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1988
Robert B. Edgerton, Sick Societies: Challenging the Myth of Primitive Harmony, New York, The Free Press, 1992