Experts Dispute David Barton’s Claims About Translating for the Russian National Gymnastics Team

Earlier this week, David Barton told his Wallbuilders Live co-host Rick Green that he once was fluent in Russian, was asked to translate for the Russian National Gymnastics Team in 1976 and smuggled Bibles into the Soviet Union "back in the day."  Here is the audio followed by the transcript:Transcript: Barton: That’s right, and South Korea. South Korea, Nigeria, they’re sending missionaries to America like crazy. And of course, if I looked at the stats on America, yeah we’re number one … [Read more...]

For the Sake of James Naismith, David Barton Should Come Clean About His Basketball Claims

During the NCAA tournament, David Barton's son Tim did a tribute to James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. Watch:The information is largely accurate. Naismith was a ministerial candidate (along with other occupations) who believed he could reach more people via sports than the pulpit. He invented basketball to give young men something to do indoors when the weather was cold outside. It caught on.I couldn't escape the irony that Barton's organization made a link to the NCAA b … [Read more...]

David Barton Says He Translated for the Russian National Gymnastics Team in 1976

I say prove it.Today. Barton told co-host Rick Green that he was once fluent in Russian and translated for the Russian National Gymnastics Team in 1976. His fluency has left him now he says, but at one time he was called on to translate for Russian gymnasts.Color me skeptical.David Barton told Charis Bible College students that he played Division One basketball for Oral Roberts University. Oral Roberts University said no he didn't. He has said many outrageous things and this adds to … [Read more...]

George Barna, Please Meet the Barna Group

Reading the book U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots is a frustrating experience. For the most part, authors George Barna and David Barton labor to make the case that America needs to turn back to God in order to avoid judgment. I have been hearing these appeals since I was in high school ("If my people who are called by my name..."). In all of them, the speakers or authors have warned that America had become so bad that judgment was just around the corner.As a part of … [Read more...]

Historian Thomas Kidd on Deism During the Founding Era

This brief primer by Thomas Kidd in how deism was understood during the founding era is well worth reading.Kidd cuts through the fog often generated by Christian nationalists (e.g., David Barton) and the new atheists regarding the religious beliefs of the founders. A brief sample: So what was deism? In spite of all its diversity, deism was a strain of rationalist religion – many of its advocates, like Jefferson, would have called themselves Christians – which focused on the ethical, rat … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz Launches Presidential Bid; Can You Say Secretary of Education David Barton?

Early Monday morning Ted Cruz announced his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.This has delighted tea party and religious right conservatives; Richard Viguerie thinks Cruz can unite the party and compares him to Reagan. Cruz made his formal announcement at Liberty University.Another lower profile conservative who hoped a year ago that Cruz would run is New Zealander Trevor Loudon. Speaking at the Western Conservative Conference in Denver CO, Loudon called on Cruz to run and offered … [Read more...]

Found: A National News Organization that Called David Barton America’s Historian

Yesterday, I posted an ad calling David Barton "the most recognized Christian historian in America." In that post, I noted that Barton says in his bio that “a national news organization has described him as ‘America’s historian.’” That Barton has never named the organization made me skeptical. I also have searched for the source without success.Until now.A reader sleuthed out the source and it makes sense for Barton to keep it vague. While other sources may have referred to Barton that wa … [Read more...]

Come Hear the Most Recognized Christian Historian in America

I am not sure what the promoters mean by "most recognized" but I think they mean it in a good way. Sorry, real Christian historians, to make you cringe but you all probably need to make some noise if you don't like this. The promoter's name, email and phone number are right there in the ad. He also says "a national news organization has described him as 'America’s historian.'" I would like to know what news organization did that. I have never found the original source.I do … [Read more...]