Sometimes David Barton’s Website is a Good Answer to David Barton

Yesterday, GOP activist David Barton delivered a speech to the Dallas Eagle Forum.  In it, he said that Christian have a responsibility to vote for Donald Trump (see the Right Wing Watch segment).  Barton is now downplaying Trump's failings by saying the character of the leaders is not important, the person's policies are what is important. Watch this video on that point. He says, "Righteousness is the public policies you have" as opposed to the leaders who may or may not be righteous.This is … [Read more...]

What Happens When You Claim an Earned PhD but Don’t Have One?

The same fellow who hosted at least one U.S. Senator and two U.S. Representatives at his pastors' briefing Monday and Tuesday has gone silent about his "earned PhD." David Barton, viewed by many on the Christian right as a competent historian, came out on September 7 with a video scolding progressives for questioning the claim that Barton has an earned PhD. On the video, he didn't identify the school where he received the doctor's degree. From the video, it appears to be Life Christian … [Read more...]

Florida’s Commission for Independent Education Should Reconsider Life Christian University’s Exemption from Licensure

As a religious school in Florida, Life Christian University is not required to obtain a license from the FL Commission on Independent Education if the school adheres to five requirements. Each year, exempt schools must file a sworn affidavit to the Commission and if accepted, the Commission will issue an exemption letter. According to the Commission website, LCU has received a letter of exemption.Having reviewed the state requirements and LCU's website and materials, I am of the opinion that … [Read more...]

Life Christian University’s Distinguished Degree Holders Did Not Attend the School

Last week, self-styled Christian nation historian and and Donald Trump supporter David Barton crowed that he possessed an earned PhD. In a video posted to his YouTube account, Barton chastised "progressives" for saying he did not have a PhD.  In the video, Barton told viewers that he had an earned PhD but did not say where he got it. In the background, three diplomas were displayed but one of them was partially hidden behind honorary degrees from Ecclesia College and Pensacola Christian College. … [Read more...]

David Barton: Trump Doesn’t Need to Be Deep on the Issues Because He is Using a CEO Model

From CBN News/The Brody FileThis morning, CBN's David Brody interviewed David Barton and apparently asked him about Donald Trump. Watch:On one hand, Barton admits that Trump isn't "deep on the issues." That's painfully obvious. But then he invents a new paradigm for a president - the CEO model instead of the "governmental model."Barton used Trump's bankruptcies as illustrations. He said Trump rebuilds because he puts good people around him. It doesn't seem to occur to Barton that … [Read more...]

David Barton Made His PhD Video Private and Removed It from Facebook

That didn't take long.Yesterday, I posted a link to David Barton's video defending himself against charges that he doesn't have an earned doctorate. He never named the school from which he earned the degree. However, he pointed to three diplomas, one of which was partially hidden. That mystery degree is the one he told his audience he earned. I showed evidence which leads me to believe the degree is from unaccredited Life Christian University.Today, he removed access to the YouTube … [Read more...]

Open Letter to the Bartons from a Christian Historian

Writing at the Pietist Schoolman blog, Grace College history professor Jared Burkholder penned an open letter to Tim and David Barton in response to the Bartons' claim that Christian historians don't rely on primary sources (see these links for more on the Bartons' claim). The letter begins: Dear David (and now Tim) Barton,Maybe you can clarify something for me. Why do you continue to insist that because you read primary sources you have a unique voice when compared to professional … [Read more...]

Is Life Christian University the Source of David Barton’s PhD?

Today, religious right activist and self-styled historian, David Barton placed a video on his YouTube account where he claims to have two honorary doctorates and an earned PhD. About a year ago, he said he didn't have a PhD. Now he says he does and has been hinting at this for weeks. The video appears to have three degrees in the background. The first one appears to be his honorary degree from Pensacola Christian College and the third appears to be from Ecclesia College. The mystery "earned de … [Read more...]