Former Aide to Falwell and Colson Nelson Keener: When Kingdoms Collide

Guest post by Nelson Keener.Nelson Keener graduated from Liberty University and served as the late Jerry Falwell's assistant during the seminal days of the Moral Majority and later in a similar capacity with the late Chuck Colson. He resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.When Kingdoms CollideAt Liberty University College Democrats are not recognized as an official university club.Neither are College Republicans.Does this mean the prominent Christian institution, founded by the … [Read more...]

Does the Liberty University Wing of the GOP Appeal to the Masses?

While asking a political question, Jonathan Merritt's latest column in The Week provides insight into how group leaders keep in-group members in line. Merritt was slated to speak at a Liberty University function (his alma mater), but was disinvited by the president of the school, Jerry Falwell, Jr. because "We're just uncomfortable with some of the things you've been writing."Using the stick is a part of the tactics, promising a return to good graces if one comes around is the carrot. … [Read more...]

The David Barton Cover Up: More on Gregg Frazer’s Critique of David Barton’s America’s Godly Heritage

On Monday, I wrote about a time in 2012 when David Barton was confronted by historians. I linked to a devastating critique of Barton's America's Godly Heritage by Gregg Frazer, professor of history at The Master's College.  Much of the critique is helpful even if one has not seen Barton's DVD because Frazer includes enough of the context to make the critiques clear. However, there is one section which might not be as clear as the others. To help readers use the critique well, I want to provide … [Read more...]

Was Glenn Beck Right About Joseph Smith When He Spoke At Liberty University?

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When Glenn Beck spoke at Liberty University in April of this year, many alums and other observers were upset that Beck preached a sermon including Latter Day Saint theological concepts. The school and Beck eventually responded to but did not agree with the concerns. Beck was especially bothered and engaged name-calling to defend himself. In addition to the odd pairing of LDS Beck preaching about his religious calling at a Baptist university, Beck's history caught my eye. In prior posts, I … [Read more...]

Liberty University and Glenn Beck Respond to Controversy Over His Sermon

Liberty University and Glenn Beck have spoken out about critics of Beck's speech at Liberty U's Convocation  last month and neither party is backing down.Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service reports on an email from senior vice-president and Liberty spokesman  Johnnie Moore. Moore countered critics by saying the Convocation service was not a chapel. According to Moore: We have explained over the decades repeatedly that convocation is an opportunity for students to hear from people of al … [Read more...]

More Fractured History Lessons in Glenn Beck’s Sermon to Liberty University: The Bible, Cake and Witches

In two prior posts (here and here), I addressed Glenn Beck's faulty reference to the purple triangle worn by Jehovah's Witnesses while imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps during WWII.  Beck said Bible scholars were made to wear the triangle without telling the audience that Jehovah's Witnesses were known as Bible students in Germany at the time. Very few  people (some say less than one percent) from other religions wore the purple triangle.After he held up the purple triangle, Beck then h … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck’s Historical Problems at Liberty University: The Purple Triangle and the Jehovah’s Witnesses

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Leaving aside the wisdom of having a Mormon leader deliver a sermon, Liberty University should apologize for Glenn Beck's questionable history.At about 10 minutes into the video of his sermon at Liberty, Beck went to a table on the stage with various documents. He first picked up a collection of colored triangles used by the Nazi's to identify why prisoners were placed in work and death camps. He then identified several Bibles, saying one of them put an end to the Salem witch trials. He … [Read more...]

Religion News Services Weighs In on Glenn Beck at Liberty University

Liberty University graduate Jonathan Merritt posted an article yesterday titled: "Glenn Beck Preaches Mormon Theology at Liberty University." In the article Merritt provides analysis of Beck's sermon and the Latter Day Saint references in it.While there has been some outrage expressed by Liberty grads on Twitter, the school hasn't responded to these expressions with the vigor it did to concerns the school was partnering with Benny Hinn. Merritt seems largely correct when he wrote: There … [Read more...]


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