David Barton Distorts Things Even When He Wins

As I noted here previously, David Barton settled his defamation lawsuit out of court last year. Barton had been accused of being known for appearing at white supremacist rallies by two 2010 candidates for the Texas Board of Education. The Democrat candidates criticized their GOP opponent of relying on Barton who they implied was a white supremacist. Barton and his opponents settled with Barton gaining a financial settlement of an undisclosed amount and an apology. Here is the apology: During … [Read more...]

John Hagee’s Bad Moon on the Rise

John Hagee must like to scare people. Not only is he bringing out a movie about his Four Blood Moon prophecies, he has David Barton as an -- dare I say it? -- historian in his movie. Sometime between April 2014 and September 2015, according to Hagee, Israel is going to live out the Creedence Clearwater Revival song Bad Moon Rising:I see the bad moon arising.I see trouble on the way.I see earthquakes and lightnin'.I see bad times today.Don't go around tonight,Well, it's bound to take … [Read more...]

More Fruits of David Barton’s Labor

I suspect this RNC state committeewoman is in Israel if her scheduled permitted.Tamara Scott is a member of the Republican National Committee from Iowa who has heard David Barton speak. On a radio program (video is on YouTube) called a View from the Pew, Scott lamented the removal of mandatory prayer from the public schools. RWW excerpted a segment of the program, watch:At about 55 seconds into this clip, Scott cites David Barton's "studies and research" which show that schools used … [Read more...]

Mike Huckabee and David Barton Coming to PA Pastor’s Conference in March

Yesterday, the PA Pastors Network, a small group of far right pastors announced that Mike Huckabee will appear via video at a March 19 conference at Lancaster Bible College. Also appearing will be David Barton, and George Barna. The title of the conference (U-Turn: A Conversation with Pastors on Society, Culture, and Leadership) makes it sound like a stop on the promo tour for Barna's and Barton's new book (U-Turn). Other confirmed speakers for PPN’s “U-Turn” conference include: author Steve Sch … [Read more...]

President of Southern Baptist Convention Hosts David Barton at the Summit

This is a discouraging development; another indicator that evangelical ecclesiastical leaders are disconnected from the academics in their own tradition. This week the Summit is pleased to welcome Historian and Author David Barton. Don't miss Thursday's Summit! http://t.co/iVmmJxD6uk— The Summit (@nwaSummit) January 26, 2015I hope actual historians at Southern Baptist Schools will take some time to alert Rev. Ronnie Floyd to the problem here.I would think a person in his position w … [Read more...]

David Barton Plagiarizes Eric Metaxas’ WSJ Article on a Fine-Tuned Universe

Without any mention of Eric Metaxas or the Wall Street Journal, David Barton, on his Wallbuilders program today, described the exact illustrations and arguments used by Metaxas in his WSJ article "Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God." Barton referred to Carl Sagan's two criteria for planets capable of sustaining life and then he said scientists have discovered that 200 perfect conditions must be met for a planet to have life. Barton refers to the Friday segment as "good news Friday." In … [Read more...]

David Barton Settles Defamation Claims Out of Court

Update: Maybe Barton didn't get a million after all. This from The Blaze: The historian declined to give the exact sum of money received, as settlements are sometimes less than the sum presented in a judgement. In conversation with attorneys, I have heard the same thing. I think this is a way to say he didn't get a million.-------------Late last night,WorldNetDaily posted an article claiming that David Barton won a million-dollar defamation suit. More accurately, he settled out of … [Read more...]

Should Historians Read Providence in Historical Events?

In a word, no.Although I am sure about what I think, providence is an issue of importance to religious historians. To explore the issue, Justin Taylor at the Gospel Coalition published a helpful post yesterday on the subject which teases out some of the issues and players.He examines the views of six historians which believe Christian historians should describe God's hand in human events and those who don't.If you enjoy the history posts here, you will want to read the entire … [Read more...]


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