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David Barton: Bad Preacher, Terrible Exegete

March 25, 2011

I’m not sure how to designate this really. I mean, in a world of Fred Phelps, Stephen Anderson, and Benny Hinn, it’s hard to call this the worst exegesis ever… but man, is it bad.

Apparently Jesus hates minimum wage.

Oh, and apparently the parable of the talents is really about a capital gains tax.

And the regulations concerning tithes for the Temple are really… it hurts my brain to even type this… really about a progressive income tax. No, he actually says that.

This would probably make an excellent example for any profs out there on proof-texting, creating your own image in the Bible, and plain just not realizing the incredible gap between the societies of the OT and NT and current modern societies.

Prepare to be stunned by epic misrepresentation of biblical literature:

I look at the Bible and I see me. I consider God and I consider my thoughts… sad really.

Furthermore–and this might be even more shocking–when Barton was finished no one from the audience came up on stage and slapped some sense into him; instead, Mike Huckabee came on stage, praised Barton, and declared that every youth in America should be forced to learn from David Barton!

Mike Huckabee, presidential candidate, thinks people should learn from David Barton who has elsewhere said the Declaration of Independence is Just a Collection of Sermons.

I feel for you my American friends. The future is bleak if Barton is in charge of educating your youths…


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Pete permalink
    March 25, 2011 12:04 pm

    I wish people were forced to _______________ at gunpoint.

    Where to begin, where oh where…?

  2. WenatcheeTheHatchet permalink
    March 27, 2011 6:22 pm

    So the jubilee year, not lending at interest, and refusing to harvest all of your crops so that the poor can have access to food is in there somewhere, eh? Or setting up a state priestly class that has no inherited land but lives off of the food provided by animal sacrifice is in there, too?
    If he took Ecclesiastes seriously he wouldn’t curse the policy of the capital gains tax even in his bedroom or a little bird would fly to the rulers and tell them. These days it will be bloggers and journalists who make the matter known rather than little birds … if people aren’t giving public service announcements about how they revile leaders.

  3. thomas permalink
    October 2, 2011 8:56 pm

    did he even breathe while he was spouting that nonsense?


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