Tag Archives: David Barton

The Foes of Truth…

…  find great difficulty in refuting the enemies of pure and sound doctrine: possessed of serpentine lubricity, they escape by the most artful expedients, unless they are vigorously pursued, and held fast when once caught.  — John Calvin

Preach it, John!  Or, put in language that our precious teens can grasp, the enemies of truth are slippery and evasive and sneaky and they do whatever they can to escape when cornered by the facts.  They have to be held down by force.

Think, for example, of David Barton.

Ten of David Barton’s Most Idiotic Statements

Given this sort of record, is anyone surprised that a publisher that agreed to print a book written by Barton ultimately had to recall it?

Via.

Thomas Nelson Isn’t To Be Applauded For Pulling the Plug on Barton…

It should be ashamed that it ever considered publishing anything by one of modern America’s most deceptive misleading pseudo-historians.  Others may think Nelson has shown moral courage in changing its mind.  I don’t   I think if they had really had moral courage they would have told him from the start that they weren’t interested in his badly researched rubbish.  Instead, they changed course only when public outcry became too loud to ignore.  That isn’t courage, it’s cowardice.

David Barton, president of the WallBuilders organization and a frequent guest on Glenn Beck’s broadcasts, is one of America’s most popular Christian history writers. Liberal critics have long accused Barton of misinterpretations and errors, and readers of the History News Network recently voted a new Barton book, The Jefferson Lies, as the “Least Credible History Book in Print.” But now some conservative Christian scholars are publicly questioning Barton’s work, too.

The guy doesn’t know jack about American history.  He’s an ignorant fraud.  A pseudo-scholar who simply intentionally or ignorantly distorted the facts and distorts the facts to make them fit his convoluted insane ideology.   Christian scholars who have supported him have supported a lie.  And those who have been silent should be ashamed of themselves, cowed to cowardice for fear of what?   And  Thomas Nelson… how sad that it even ever thought it a good idea to put Barton’s nonsense into print.

With thanks to Joel Watts for pointing the story out (as I’m as disinclined to watch the news for Barton as I am to scan the news for Beck).

NPR Blew It This Time: David Barton is NOT an Evangelist

In a new essay NPR calls the political activist David Barton an ‘evangelist’.  Not by any stretch of the imagination; not by any accurate or authentic use of the word, can Barton be titled ‘Evangelist’.  He is NOT an evangelist.  Please, refrain from calling him that.  It gives Evangelists who really are such a bad name which they don’t deserve.

David Barton is not a historian. He has a bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Oral Roberts University and runs a company called WallBuilders in Aledo, Texas. But his vision of a religion-infused America is wildly popular with churches, schools and the GOP, and that makes him a power. He was named one of Time magazine’s most influential evangelicals. He was a long-time vice chairman for the Texas Republican Party. He says that he consults for the federal government and state school boards, that he testifies in court as an expert witness, that he gives a breathtaking 400 speeches a year.

He has a B.A….  That’s all.  That says it all.  No wonder his citations are inaccurate.  Nevertheless, he isn’t, and I can’t repeat this enough, he ISN’T an evangelist.

If NPR wants to call him anything, call him an ideologue.

On David Barton: Why do millions of people support a discredited writer adamant to prove America is inextricably linked to Christianity?

That’s the excellent question brilliantly asked in the Atlantic today and the answer given is must reading- especially for the mobs which follow Barton so blindly.  Some of the highlights-

Barton’s errors, exaggerations, and elisions have been exhaustively cataloged; no credible historian defends his work or his conclusions. And yet millions continue to find his message compelling. Why do they trust him?

And

Barton’s focus on returning to the original text, and his pointed disdain for the scholars whom he accuses of distorting its plain meaning, seems to resonate with his largely evangelical audience. There is a reason for this. It echoes the general doctrine of sola scriptura, the bedrock of the Reformation, that the text of the Bible alone contains the knowledge necessary for salvation. It draws on the tradition of prooftexting, using verses lifted from a larger text to buttress specific points. And in particular, it mirrors the notion of the perspicuity of Scripture — that its essential teachings are sufficiently clear that “not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.”

And

When his critics insist that he subject his work to peer review, or disparage his credentials and his logic, they only reinforce the strength of his appeal to his target audience. He deals not in history, but in hermeneutics.

And brilliantly

His error, of course, is that the hundred thousand documents he treasures were all written by men, bereft of divine inspiration, muddling through as best they knew how. Their authors were creatures of their time and place, seized by the usual sets of contradictory impulses and passions, changing and evolving with the passage of time. To apply the same exegetical principles to the works of man as to those of God is folly.

Read the whole (and I thank a kind reader for sending an email about it letting me know).  It never ceases to amaze me how blind, willfully blind, political sycophants can be and how easily they can be taken in.  Apparently, evangelicals are either too trusting or just too ignorant to know when they’re being duped.  But that willingness to be tricked does explain their love of Rick Warren, Newt Gingrich, and Benny Hinn along with Todd Bentley.

Mike Huckabee’s Sanity Has Left the Building

What lunacy.  I see now that I was wrong to have thought well of this man.

HUCKABEE: I don’t know anyone in America who is a more effective communicator [than David Barton.] I just wish that every single young person in America would be able to be under his tutelage and understand something about who we really are as a nation. I almost wish that there would be something like a simultaneous telecast and all Americans would be forced, forced — at gun point no less — to listen to every David Barton message. And I think our country would be better for it. I wish it’d happen.

Why Mike?  Barton is a miserably inept poorly equipped mega-dilettante when it comes to bible and theology.  Shouldn’t a former pastor like yourself know that and recognize the misrepresentation of scripture and historical theology when you see it?  Yes, I really was wrong to have thought well of you.  Your sanity has left the building.