In a stunning lapse of intellectual integrity, Christian extremist and discredited historian David Barton asserted that for someone to be a good scientist or mathematician, they must first have the proper "fear of the Lord."
Barton claimed that Americans had gotten away from believing that a “fear of the Lord” was the beginning of all knowledge during Tuesday’s “Education a Higher Calling” program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Barton has a BA in religious education from Oral Roberts University but otherwise has no formal education in History or the US Constitution. However, Barton poses as a historian in order to promote his discredited brand of Christian revisionism to gullible Christians willing to sacrifice historical truth for a false historical narrative that promotes Christianity at the expense of historical reality.
According to the New York Times, Barton’s book,”The Jefferson Lies”, was voted “the least credible history book in print” by readers of the History News Network. Even conservative Christian scholars challenged the “facts” presented in Barton’s book. Indeed, it is common knowledge that Barton’s books and videos contain ”embarrassing factual errors, suspiciously selective quotes, and highly misleading claims.”
Christian publisher Thomas Nelson ended the publication and distribution of Barton’s book, “The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson,” because of gross historical inaccuracies and outright fabrications.
Barton is clearly misguided when he assumes subscription to religious superstition is a prerequisite to mathematical or scientific knowledge. Such an opinion is laughable in its imbecility. Nevertheless, Barton’s religious extremism is dangerous. The fact that so many take such shoddy thinking seriously should be a concern to all reasonable people.