Skip to comments.QUESTION: Is 'David Barton' Worth My Time?
Posted on 01/04/2008 5:22:10 PM PST by Yosemitest
Just a question: Has anyone rfead this author's works, and is he worth my time?
I watched him last night talk about history and freedom of religion being the primary reason for our nation being founded. He stirred my interest.
Yeah, pretty interesting stuff. Some of his earlier work has been criticized and some quotes were incorrect and he’s owned up to it. He’s fairly informative.
Absolutely, he is. He is well versed in the writings of the Founders and the Christian heritage of our nation.
Good guy. Texan. Christian. Uses primary sources. What more could you ask?
If you are interested in his work, see also the late Mel Bradford’s books on the Founders.
I’d check the reviews on Amazon, too. You can glean a lot of info from them, not always what the author intends. Texas, Christian, original sources, and you liked him. Why not do it?
Barton’s stuff is excellent. Go to wallbuilders.com and get his tapes.
I agree that Barton’s wallbuilders.org is an outstanding resource. At a time when shoddy scholarship is rampant and when primary source documentation is practically nonexistent, Barton provides invaluable links to the writings of our founders.
Used his video series for one of our Bible studies...
His books and educational pamphlets are good. His live speeches and audio recordings are outstanding. He has been a key player in keeping the Christian heritage of our country known.
I like him a lot.
A bit date, say what?
You can’t find a better scholar on early American history and particularly, early American spiritual history!!!!!
Freedom of religion was more involved in motivating the founding of the various colonies. Even then it was sometimes freedom to practice *their* religion, not other religions. (where "religion" meant Christian demonination).
What really motivated the foundation of the country, as a separate nation, rather than as part of England, was "taxation without representation", and of course the gun grabbing attempts by the Brit authorities, which were the final spark that ignited the revolution.
But you don't need to guess, they wrote the reasons down for the whole world to see.
That's not to say that the colonies and the early nation were not religious. In that document linked above, they even mention God, and the Creator and everything.
That is the David Barton I thought of first. I've actually read/used his books, although not for a while. I've seen him in person too, at the National Radar Conference, in Boston, the day after Patriots Day, 1993.
I used to work at the same company... Been in meetings with him. I knew Hal Ward pretty well. Hal is a great guy.
This is what I believed, because this is what I was taught. BUT... David Barton makes it very clear that this was motivation number 17 in the Declaration, and was an economic reason and not a spiritual reason.
That's what caught my attention. Religion is the primary reason this nation was founded.
I’ve read his works, seen him in person and have some of his videos.
He is very well versed in American History, and is considered to be an authority. If you watch the video of his talk at First Baptist - Atlanta (July, 2009) that is on another link on FreeRepublic, you’ll get a strong sense of his command of information of our founders.
www.wallbuilders.com is his website.
Yes! Amen! David Barton is a lawyer and a great historian and a solid Christian. For many years (at least 20) I have been to the IBLC seminars and saw him speak on the beginning
founders and the history of our nation.
I have his video tape “How to Communicate Biblical Truth to a Secular Audience” A must for those that want the truth on our founding fathers and the constitution.
Also I have several of his booklets and tracts. So I highly endorse and reccomend David Barton and his ministry.
Maybe I missed it, but did you mention “AMERICA’S GOD AND COUNTRY” By: William J. Federer, an encycopedia of Quotations.
It covers quotations of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Adams etc. They not only mentioned: “Almighty God, the Creator, but also the Lord Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.”
And I love the facts (as given in this book) on the founders of: “Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, etc.”
I’m sure if the students and faculties
of these institutions were told they must study and read these statements, they would riot and attempt to burn down these great universities, and declare them and the Constitution to be unconstitutional!
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