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...]

What Original Source Did David Barton Use for His Louis L’Amour Story?

Remember this?Barton said he got his story about elementary school kids threatening an intruder in a one-room Old West school from a novel by Louis L'Amour. L'Amour was an Americana fiction writer who in 1986 provided Barton with some historical material he used in 2013.I thought of Barton's use of that third hand source yesterday when his son Tim told Gateway Church representative Kerry Wood that Wallbuilders only uses original sources for their materials. Barton said professors just … [Read more...]

David Barton Is Coming After the Christian Professors

Apparently, Wallbuilders and Gateway Church/The Kings University are cooking up a business deal. Today, on his twitter account, Tim Barton broadcast from the Wallbuilders' library along with some folks from Gateway Church in Southlake, TX. The broadcast was mainly for the benefit of some Gateway staff. It wasn't clear to me what kind of deal they were planning but it involved using Barton's DVDs and books.Listening to the Barton father and son team in sales mode was interesting. If you buy … [Read more...]

Matthew 20 and the Minimum Wage: Conservative Theological Responses to David Barton

Last Thursday, David Barton and the gang on Wallbuilders Live talked about the Bible and economics. During the segment, Barton claimed that Right Wing Watch bloggers criticized his views because they have not read their Bibles. He also mentioned me by name as a Christian professor who also criticized his biblical views. RWW has the audio and transcript. I am going to include the whole segment on Mt. 20 (from 5:00 to about 10:00 on the original), including where Tim Barton implies Ben Carson is … [Read more...]

David Barton Again Says His Christian Critics Were Recruited to Attack Him

David Barton recently gave a speech to the Arkansas Tea Party Alliance. At the end of his presentation, a person in the crowd asked him about the background of his book The Jefferson Lies. Specifically, the questioner wanted to know why it was pulled from publication. Barton then launched into his false victim narrative. Watch:Initially, he referred to Right Wing Watch who he said is funded by George Soros. After lamenting his Wikipedia page, he implied that someone (perhaps Soros in … [Read more...]

End Times Preacher Says Speaker Paul Ryan is a David Barton Fan

If that is true, then perhaps the end times are upon us.Right Wing Watch today summarized an article from Charisma News by Dan Cummins in which Cummins asserts that Speaker Paul Ryan is a fan of David Barton. Cummins believes the end times are coming and America is under judgment. It upsets me when I hear all the doom-and-gloom "prophetic words" about how Congress is nothing but a bunch of crooks. Most of these spiritual giant slayers have never stepped a foot into the Capitol or visited … [Read more...]

Finally Disclosed, David Barton’s List of Recommended Colleges

In 2013 when David Barton first launched his war on Christian colleges, he declared that he worked with and approved about a dozen Christian colleges. At the time, he didn't make a list of them. Messiah College history professor John Fea also speculated about the list but we couldn't come up with a dozen.Now we don't have to guess. Earlier this month, Barton listed them (a dozen!) on a new FAQ page and here they are: What colleges or universities does WallBuilders recommend? There are many … [Read more...]

David Barton: If You Don’t Vote for Trump You Will Have to Answer to God

Since the Bible doesn't reveal who we are to vote for, I am not worried about it. I think people who vote for Trump are wrong but I am not ready to speak for God on the subject. My conscience is clear.But never fear, David Barton knows what God thinks and he is dealing the fire and brimstone.Right Wing Watch has the audio.A questioner asks Barton how to explain to her anti-Trump friends that we can't have the perfect candidate. She says people are getting stuck on little things.  I … [Read more...]