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QUESTION: Is 'David Barton' Worth My Time?
Heritage Series ^ | Jan 4, 2008 | Me

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.


TOPICS: Philosophy
KEYWORDS: christianheritage; conservative; davidbarton; history; wallbuilders
Has anyone heard of him before? If you don't like him, ...why?
1 posted on 01/04/2008 5:22:15 PM PST by Yosemitest
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To: Yosemitest

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.


2 posted on 01/04/2008 5:24:24 PM PST by Keyes2000mt (Conservative Podcast: The Truth and Hope (http://www.truthandhope.2truth.com))
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To: Yosemitest

Absolutely, he is. He is well versed in the writings of the Founders and the Christian heritage of our nation.


3 posted on 01/04/2008 5:37:47 PM PST by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: Yosemitest

Good guy. Texan. Christian. Uses primary sources. What more could you ask?


4 posted on 01/04/2008 5:37:53 PM PST by farmer18th
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To: Keyes2000mt

If you are interested in his work, see also the late Mel Bradford’s books on the Founders.


5 posted on 01/04/2008 5:38:35 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck is the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aren't going.)
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To: MrEdd

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?


6 posted on 01/04/2008 5:58:05 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Yosemitest

Barton’s stuff is excellent. Go to wallbuilders.com and get his tapes.


7 posted on 01/04/2008 6:18:02 PM PST by grumpa (David Barton)
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To: Yosemitest
Can't answer your question due to my ignorance of him, but I can recommend Paul Johnson's A History of the American People. It came highly recommended as a very good British historian's excellent account of the Christian founders' influence on America's beginnings, and that's exactly what I discovered.
8 posted on 01/04/2008 6:22:45 PM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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To: Yosemitest

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.


9 posted on 01/04/2008 6:24:29 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: Yosemitest
i thought you meant THIS david barton. he owns a few gyms in new york city. here he is with a couple of friends:


10 posted on 01/04/2008 6:26:13 PM PST by thefactor
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To: Yosemitest
We think he's great/well informed.

Used his video series for one of our Bible studies...

..very detailed/researched/articulated.

11 posted on 01/04/2008 6:43:38 PM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter...President '08)
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To: Yosemitest
1. I am a recognized authority in American history, particularly concerning the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Federal Eras.

2. I personally own a vast collection of thousands of documents of American history predating 1812, including handwritten works of the signers of the Declaration and the Constitution.

3. As a result of my expertise, I work as a consultant to national history textbook publishers and have been appointed by the State Boards of Education in States such as California and Texas to help write the American history and government standards for students in those States. Additionally, I consult with Governors and State Boards of Education in several other States and have testified in numerous State Legislatures on American history.

4. I am the recipient of several national and international awards, including the George Washington Honor Medal, the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor, Who's Who in America (1997, 1999), Who's Who in the World (1996, 1999), Who's Who in American Education (1996, 1997), International Who's Who of Professionals (1996), Two Thousand Notable American Men Hall of Fame (1995), Who's Who in the South and Southwest (1995, 1999), Who's Who Among Outstanding Americans (1994), Outstanding Young Men in America (1990), and numerous other awards.

5. I have also written and published numbers of books and articles on American history and its related issues. (Original Intent, 1996; Bulletproof George Washington, 1990; Ethics: An Early American Handbook, 1999; Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, 1995, and many others).

Wallbuilders.com

He drives the secular humanist nuts.
12 posted on 01/04/2008 6:51:15 PM PST by loboinok (Gun control is hitting what you aim at!)
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To: Yosemitest

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.


13 posted on 01/04/2008 7:44:54 PM PST by azcap
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To: Yosemitest

I like him a lot.


14 posted on 01/04/2008 7:45:18 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Yosemitest

A bit date, say what?

15 posted on 01/04/2008 7:50:58 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Being an idealist excuses nothing. Hitler was an idealist.)
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To: loboinok
Thanks to everyone.. I’ll give it some time and money.
16 posted on 01/04/2008 8:53:18 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die)
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To: Yosemitest

You can’t find a better scholar on early American history and particularly, early American spiritual history!!!!!


17 posted on 01/05/2008 12:46:52 AM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: Yosemitest
freedom of religion being the primary reason for our nation being founded

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.

Declaration of Independence

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.

18 posted on 01/05/2008 9:36:26 AM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
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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.

19 posted on 01/05/2008 10:07:46 AM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: El Gato

I used to work at the same company... Been in meetings with him. I knew Hal Ward pretty well. Hal is a great guy.


20 posted on 01/05/2008 10:11:56 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Being an idealist excuses nothing. Hitler was an idealist.)
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To: El Gato
What really motivated the foundation of the country ... was "taxation without representation"

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.

21 posted on 01/06/2008 11:30:02 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die)
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To: Yosemitest

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.


22 posted on 07/09/2009 7:34:24 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: Yosemitest

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.


23 posted on 07/17/2009 5:29:50 AM PDT by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonyous)
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To: loboinok

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!


24 posted on 07/17/2009 5:45:09 AM PDT by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonyous)
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To: LetMarch

Thanks.


25 posted on 07/21/2009 10:31:36 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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