Gospel Coalition: David Barton is Doing it Wrong

Writing for the Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor gets right to the point: David Barton does history wrong. And Taylor recommends my book (with Michael Coulter) Getting Jefferson Right.That right there is a great post.The reason for the post is to point readers toward well researched and written sources on America's founding. For the most part, I think Taylor put together a great list of resources on the religious dimensions of the founding era.I do take issue with two sentences Taylor … [Read more...]

Joyce Meyer Ministries: Life Christian University’s Description of Earned Doctorate Does Not “Accurately Reflect the Information Correctly”

On October 7, I reported that evangelist Joyce Meyer claimed to have an earned PhD in theology from Life Christian University. She claimed to be a graduate on a promotional video still housed on the LCU website and said the degree was earned on her website. On October 11, I filed a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General's office in keeping with MO law which forbids the use of false and misleading degrees in connection with one's business or profession.Sometime after the initial post a … [Read more...]

Six Months Later David Barton Still Hasn’t Explained His Earned Doctorate

In early September of 2016, self-styled historian David Barton posted the following video:The day after he posted the video, he removed it from his Wallbuilders website and Facebook page. He has never addressed why the video was up for a day and then gone.Barton ridiculed progressives for disbelieving his claim to have an earned doctorate. Then all of a sudden the video was removed and he stopped talking about his doctorate. None of the people who rely on his work apparently care … [Read more...]

David Barton’s PhD School Life Christian University Claims America’s Founding Is Church History

Nearly three months ago, David Barton proudly proclaimed that he had an earned PhD. The very next day he removed the video claim from his websites and never explained why. We later learned that Barton's earned degree came from Life Christian University, a diploma mill based in Lutz, FL. Barton's degree was given based on his published works in history which Life Christian considered to be part of Church history.Now, via another statement from Life Christian University, more details are … [Read more...]

Joyce Meyer No Longer Calls Her Life Christian University PhD an Earned Degree

After I pointed out that it is illegal in Missouri to claim an earned PhD when you don't have one, mega evangelist Joyce Meyer has changed the description of her Life Christian University doctorate. Here is what she used to claim:She claimed that she had "an earned PhD in theology from Life Christian University..."Now she accurately refers to the degree as honorary.David Barton referred to his Life Christian University degree as earned but where it is illegal to do so, Joyce … [Read more...]

Brief Note: Wallbuilders Still Refers to Dr. David Barton

Even though David Barton has gone quiet about his claim to have an earned doctorate, his Wallbuilders Facebook page still refers readers to his work under the byline Dr. David Barton.On the newly revamped Wallbuilders Live bio of Barton, reference to his BA at Oral Roberts University has been removed.On September 7, Barton claimed in a video posted on his Facebook and You Tube accounts that he had an earned doctorate. However, the next day Barton removed the video and Facebook post … [Read more...]

Full Statement from Life Christian University President Douglas Wingate on Earned PhDs

Recently, Christian Today posted an article about mega-evangelist Joyce Meyer's and self-styled historian David Barton's PhD degree from Life Christian University. In it, LCU's president Douglas Wingate was quoted in support of his school's work. I have obtained the entire statement and am posting it here.I began looking into LCU when David Barton posted a video boasting about having an earned doctorate. The next day he removed the video and has not mentioned his PhD since. Although Barton … [Read more...]

Life Christian University Confirms David Barton’s “Earned Doctorate”

Over a month ago, religious right luminary and self-styled historian David Barton bragged for one day in a video that he had an "earned doctorate." Although he hid the diploma on the video, the doctorate appeared to come from Life Christian University, a school in FL which gives degrees in consideration for ministry experience. The day after he posted the video on Facebook and YouTube, Barton removed it from social media.  He has not commented since about the video or "earned doctorate."Now i … [Read more...]