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...]

Is the Latter Day Saint Church a Denomination of Christianity?

Last Friday, Latter Day Saint Glenn Beck told Liberty University students that Mormonism is a Christian denomination. While I focused briefly on the Grand Council reference in the speech, blogger James Duncan referenced Beck's statement about Latter Day Saints and Christianity in his post on Beck's speech in Liberty's chapel.  Beck said: I share your faith. I am from a different denomination, and a denomination, quite honestly, that I’m sure can make many people at Liberty uncomfortable. I’m a M … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck Talks Mormon at Liberty University

I honestly have a hard time figuring out Liberty University.After finding themselves in some hot water over Mitt Romney, and then more recently Benny Hinn and Ron Godwin's past devotion to Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon, you would think they would take more care about the speakers in their chapel. However, last Friday, LU featured Mormon enthusiast Glenn Beck in their chapel. Right there in front of their motto "Training Champions for Christ Since 1971," Glenn Beck spoke from his … [Read more...]

More on Liberty University and the Unification Church

James Duncan at Pajama Pages has another article today with more information on the historic links between Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church and Liberty University.  Specifically, he focuses on Ron Godwin, LU's Provost who has a long history with the Unification Church. The beginning: Liberty University’s current provost, Ron Godwin, was appointed by Rev. Sun Myung Moon to take his teachings and use them to revive and resurrect American Christianity. Moon knew Godwin intimately, and re … [Read more...]


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