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...]

David Barton Promotes Seven Mountains Dominionism Through Schools of Government

In the recent sales pitch to representatives from Gateway Church, David Barton commented on the schools of Government he has helped establish at Charis Bible College and Ecclesia College. Watch:Transcript: In the last two-- in the last year we've had two Christian colleges come to us and say, 'Hey we want to do a School of Government. Will you guys do our School of Government?' And so, all right, I can do that, cuz I've been in politics a long time. I've recruited thousands of people … [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...]


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