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David Barton: Christian Professors Were Trained By Pagan Professors Who Hate God

  • Dr. Warren Throckmorton
    Warren Throckmorton, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology and Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy at Grove City College (PA). He co-founded the Golden Rule Pledge which advocates bullying prevention in evangelical churches. His academic articles have been published by journals of the American Psychological Association and he is past president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He is the author with fellow Grove City College professor, Michael Coulter, of the book, Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President. Over 200 newspapers have published his columns. He can be reached at ewthrockmorton@gcc.edu.
  • 2013 Jul 31
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During the Steve Deave radio show (where David Barton claimed that only four professors in the nation criticized The Jefferson Lies), he also had something to say (listen) about the Christian professors who have taken issue with his historical claims.

Barton said: "What happens is, and Christian professors were basically trained by pagan professors who hate God, and they’re just repeating what they’re been told."

I think what he might mean is ‘Christian professors who disagree with me were basically trained by pagan professors who hate God so they can't be right.’

Although he didn't mention us by name, I assume he is referring to Michael Coulter and me at the least since he was talking about our book critiquing his claims about Thomas Jefferson. For us, Barton’s theory doesn’t work out. My history training came from Cedarville University profs back when the school was more conservative than it is now. Everybody seems pretty fond of God around CU. Coulter went to Grove City College and then the conservative Catholic, University of Dallas.

More generally, Barton's claim is quite a strong and insulting statement and shows what I have come to see as a trend in Barton's descriptions of Christian college professors. Since so few Christian college professors cite his work favorably, I suppose he needs to find a way to disregard us.