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The WallBuilders Pastors’ Briefing is a two-day event in Washington, D. C. for pastors and ministry leaders only. The Briefing includes a private tour of the U. S. Capitol, and the opportunity to hear from a dozen different leading Senators and Congressmen about Biblical values and issues currently being dealt with in Congress. The slots for each Briefing are limited due to size constraints within the Capitol, and those slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The dates for these events vary each year but will be posted on the website as they become known, typically at the beginning of the year. (We often have to wait for the official congressional calendar to be issued by the House Speaker before we can confirm definite dates.) If you want us to inform your pastor about this incredible opportunity, or if you are a pastor interested in attending, please submit this simple form. If you are interested in helping underwrite the expenses of our Congressional Pastor’s Briefings, please visit our donations page.
The ProFamily Legislative Network serves as a link between pro-family leaders and legislators across the nation and pro-family legislation from other states. Excellent pieces of pro-family legislation are regularly introduced or passed in individual states, but like-minded legislators from other states are often unaware of those good measures. Not only does this deprive that state and its citizens of the benefits of such legislation but it also causes legislators to waste countless hours replicating work already done – thus the need for the ProFamily Legislative Network.
ProFamily Legislative Network also sponsors an annual ProFamily Legislators Conference unlike any other legislators’ event. Pro-family state legislators from across the United States gather together for three days of insightful briefings from leading experts on crucial issues that will be arising in the upcoming legislative session. For information on the conference, or to send your state legislator information about this important event, please contact us at (800) 263-9529 or at [email protected]. If you are interested in helping underwrite the expenses of this year’s important conference, please visit our donations page.
WallBuilders Live! is a daily radio journey with David Barton and Rick Green that examines current news issues in light of the principles set forth both by the Founding Fathers and the Bible. Featured guests regularly include Congressmen, Senators, Governors, and other elected officials, as well as activists, authors, issue experts, etc. The program is heard on approximately 298 stations across the nation and is also downloaded by hundreds of thousands of citizens. To check for a station near you, visit our stations list. For information about how to get WallBuilders Live! aired on your local station, please contact us at [email protected].
WallBuilders Leadership Training program is a two-week hands-on training experience for 18-25 year olds. The program equips participants not only with answers to current attacks on our heritage and history but also provides unprecedented opportunities to research actual documents from our incredible historical collection. Combined with specialized teaching, instruction, and outings, there is a unique opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge from our speakers and guest lecturers. Learn more about America’s incredible history, the people directly involved with the founding of our nation, and the philosophies and ideologies that shaped our laws and original documents. To find out more, please visit this page.
The Teachers Conference is designed to equip professors, administrators, and teachers from both public and private schools with the principles and techniques that were used in early American education and for decades thereafter. Teachers will have the unique opportunity to research original documents from our library of 100,000 items related to early American education and history. Learn the apologetics of how to respond to attacks against American Exceptionalism and become equipped to have a greater impact on students. If you are an educator interested in attending this conference, please see this page for more information.
The National Black Robe Regiment is a network of pastors that equips and empowers them to engage in their Biblical and historical role of standing boldly for righteousness and transforming society through spiritual and cultural engagement. The early American pastor had a reputation as a courageous and fearless leader, causing the British during the American War for Independence to dub them “The Black Regiment”—a reference to the black clerical robes worn by pastors at that time. They boldly proclaimed the Word of God as it applied to everything in life, whether spiritual or temporal. It will not teach doctrine but the historical and Biblical role of the pastor/priest/rabbi. If you are a ministry leader, please consider taking the pledge and becoming part of the National Black Robe Regiment.
ChristianVoterGuide.com is a website to help the Christian become civically engaged as an active and informed voter. It provides important voters guides for national/state elections as well as information on registering to vote, resources for churches, short videos and social media tools on Christian involvement, and much more! Visit the website today to see all these great tools.
There are many excellent curriculums available, and often the choice between them is much like choosing between a Ford, Chrysler, or Toyota – they are all going to get you where you need to go, so it boils down to a matter of style and personal preference. Some of the leading home school curriculums include (and these recommendations do not necessarily mean that WallBuilders agrees with everything taught in these curriculums):
There are many good institutions of higher learning whose educational approach is not only academically excellent but is also consistent with traditional conservative moral, religious, and constitutional values. The listings below include some of these schools. (Recommendations do not necessarily mean that WallBuilders agrees with everything taught at these schools, nor with every professor who teaches there.) This list is definitely not exhaustive, but it does include many schools with whom we have actively cooperated.
America’s Founding Fathers
It can be easily demonstrated that a very high percentage – in fact, the overwhelming majority – of Founding Fathers were Christians, but certainly not all of them were. Today, citizens are regularly told about the lesser religious Founders (such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine), but hear nothing about the prominent Christians among the Founders (for example, 29 of the 56 signers of the Declaration held what are today considered seminary or Bible school degrees, and many others of the signers were bold and outspoken in their personal Christian faith). Significantly, not one of the Founding Fathers was secular in his orientation; even Thomas Paine (certainly the least religious of the Founders) openly acknowledged God and announced his belief in his personal accountability to God, and he also directly advocated teaching creationism in the public school classroom (see “Thomas Paine Criticizes the Current Public School Science Curriculum”). Over 250 individuals are historically considered Founding Fathers (e.g., the signers of the Declaration, the signers of the Constitution, the framers of the Bill of Rights, leading state governors and generals in the Revolution, etc.), but typically critics list only the handful of the least religious from among the 250 to claim that all the Founders were deists or secular.
For some resources on this issue, see the following:
- “The Founders as Christians”
- “The Founding Fathers on Jesus, Christianity, and the Bible”
- “Is America a Christian Nation?”
- “John Adams: Was He Really an Enemy of Christians? Addressing Modern Academic Shallowness”
- “Thomas Jefferson and Religion at the University of Virginia”
- “Was George Washington a Christian?”
- “The Dream of Benjamin Rush & God’s Hand in Reconciling John Adams and Thomas Jefferson”
- “Franklin’s Appeal for Prayer at the Constitutional Convention”
- “Importance of Morality and Religion in Government”
- “The Founders and Public Religious Expressions”
- “Proclamation: America Seeks God in a Time of War – 1777”
- “James Madison and Religion in Public”
- “The American Revolution: Was it an Act of Biblical Rebellion?”
- “John Locke – A Philosophical Founder of America”
- Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution & Religion (Book)
- America’s Godly Heritage (DVD and Book)
Most of the signers of the Declaration experienced great hardships during the Revolutionary War, up to and including death (many of them actually did not live to see the national independence for which they had personally pledged their own “lives, fortune, and sacred honor”). Additionally, two were wounded in battle: George Walton and Thomas Heyward, both of whom were held as prisoners for a time. Arthur Middleton was also captured and held as a prisoner, as was Richard Stockton. And many of them (17) lost their homes or property, including Josiah Bartlett (home set on fire), William Ellery (home set on fire), Lewis Morris (much of his property was destroyed and his house was “greatly injured”), Richard Stockton (lands devastated, library burned), John Hart (house ransacked, mill and crops destroyed), George Clymer (belongings destroyed), Lyman Hall (all his property was confiscated), Francis Lewis (library burned, house plundered), the Rev. John Witherspoon (his house was invaded and his cherished theological library was burned), George Wythe, and others. Many were forced to flee their homes, escaping just in time to avoid capture; including Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, George Clymer, Thomas Jefferson, Arthur Middleton’s family, Lyman Hall, Francis Lewis, and William Floyd. Some of the signers also dealt with severe family hardship or loss: Abraham Clark had two of his three sons held as prisoners, tortured, and abused; Francis Lewis’ wife was held as prisoner for several months during which time her health so deteriorated that it resulted in her premature death; John Witherspoon’s oldest son, James, was killed during the Battle of Germantown. These are some of the many examples; and the wives of the signers also endured unspeakable hardships.
For more information about the sacrifices made by the signers of the Declaration and their wives, see these two older textbooks books reprinted by WallBuilders:
Many were trained as ministers, but at the time of the signing of the Declaration, only a few were active in ministry. For example John Witherspoon was serving as a minister at that time; Robert Treat Paine served as a military chaplain during the Revolution; and Lyman Hall had served as a minister before the Revolution; etc. However, there are many others who should also be noted for their ministry work, including Francis Hopkinson, a church music director and choir leader who edited a famous American hymnbook; Roger Sherman, who wrote the doctrinal creed for his denomination in Connecticut; Benjamin Rush, who started Sunday School in America and founded the country’s first Bible Society; James Wilson, who had been trained as a clergyman in Scotland but became an attorney, teaching students the Biblical basis of civil law; and many others. In fact, at least 29 of the signers had been trained in schools whose primary purpose was the preparation of ministers, including John Adams, Samuel Adams, Carter Braxton, Charles Carroll, William Ellery, Elbridge Gerry, Lyman Hall, John Hancock, Benjamin Harrison, Joseph Hewes, William Hooper, Francis Hopkinson, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Lewis, Philip Livingston, Thomas Lynch, Arthur Middleton, Lewis Morris, Thomas Nelson Jr., William Paca, Robert Treat Paine, Benjamin Rush, James Smith, Richard Stockton, William Williams, James Wilson, John Witherspoon, Oliver Wolcott, and George Wythe. They attended universities and seminaries of learning such as Harvard, Yale, William and Mary, Princeton, Cambridge, and Westminster.
For more information on the education of the signers of the Declaration, see this older textbook reprinted by WallBuilders:
Lives of the Signers
The Founding Fathers deliberately designed the judiciary to be the weakest of the three branches of government – a fact they repeatedly made clear in the famous Federalist Papers, the congressional debates, and their own writings. They rejected the notion that the judiciary should be able to challenge or rival either the Executive or the Legislative branch in importance or power.
For more information on this issue, see the following resources:
The Aitken Bible and Congress
What involvement did Congress have with the Aitken Bible – that is, the 1782 “Bible of the Revolution”?
Because English language Bibles could not be printed in America but had to be imported, when the Revolution began and the British began to blockade all materials coming to America, the ability to obtain such Bibles ended. Therefore, in 1777, America began experiencing a shortage of several important commodities, including Bibles. On July 7, a request was placed before Congress to print or import more, because “unless timely care be used to prevent it, we shall not have Bibles for our schools and families and for the public worship of God in our churches.” Congress concurred with that assessment and announced: “The Congress desire to have a Bible printed under their care and by their encouragement.” A special committee overseeing that project therefore recommended:
[T]he use of the Bible is so universal and its importance so great, . . . your Committee recommend that Congress will order the Committee of Commerce to import 20,000 Bibles from Holland, Scotland, or elsewhere, into the different ports of the States of the Union.
Congress agreed with the committee’s recommendation and ordered Bibles imported. While those Bibles were ordered imported by Congress, there is no indication that any ever arrived.
Four years later, in January of 1781, Robert Aitken (publisher of the Pennsylvania Magazine in Philadelphia) petitioned Congress for permission to print an English-language Bible on his presses in America rather than import the Bibles. In his memorial to Congress, Aitken said “your Memorialist begs leave to, inform your Honours That he both begun and made considerable progress in a neat Edition of the Holy Scriptures for the use of schools” and went on to say “your Memorialist prays, that he may be commissioned or otherwise appointed & Authorized to print and vend Editions of, the Sacred Scriptures, in such manner and form as may best suit the wants and demands of the good people of these States.” Congress appointed a committee that was to “from time to time [attend] to his progress in the work; that they also [recommend] it to the two Chaplains of Congress to examine and give their opinion of the execution.” The committee, comprised of Founding Fathers James Duane, Thomas McKean, and John Witherspoon reported back to Congress in September of 1782 giving its full approval. They also included assurances from the two chaplains of Congress that “Having selected and examined a variety of passages throughout the work, we are of opinion that it is executed with great accuracy as to the sense, and with as few grammatical and typographical errors as could be expected in an undertaking of such magnitude.” Congress gave Aitken a ringing endorsement in the form of a congressional resolution to “publish this Recommendation in the manner he shall think proper” to help sell and circulate the Bible.
Robert Aitken then proceeded to print his Bible, now known as the Aitken Bible or the Bible of the Revolution. That Bible – approved by the Founding Fathers in Congress – was the first English-language Bible to be printed in America.
You can view the Congressional actions concerning the Aitken Bible in the WallBuilders “Library” section here:
- “ Aitken Bible”
- “ The Aitken Bible and Congress”
The Treaty of Tripoli
What is the origin of the phrase “America is in no sense founded on the Christian religion”? What does it mean?
This quote comes from a line in the Treaty of Tripoli from 1797. While this line is regularly invoked by critics in a futile attempt to prove that America never was a Christian nation, this line is only a small incomplete portion of the full quote. It is taken from a 1797 treaty approved by America in the midst of our first War on Terror against Islamic terrorism. In it, the Muslims acknowledged that America was a Christian nation, and America reminded the Muslims that we were not a European Christian nation with an inherent hostility against Muslims – that is, that we were not a European, Middle-Ages type of Christian nation.
To see the full and complete quotation, and for a more thorough analysis of this phrase and why it was used, see WallBuilders’ article “Treaty of Tripoli.”
Origins of Separation of Church and State
Where did the phrase “separation of church and state” come from? What does it mean?
The phrase “separation of church and state” comes especially from the 1500s, and was a product of the Reformation in Europe.
In the fourth century A.D., the government took control of the church and began to establish specific doctrinal tenets by law, making the church an official organ of government and using coercion and brutal penalties against those who did not submit to government-established theology. That abhorrent practice predominated until some religious leaders began to oppose it in the 1300s. Eventually, over a span of two-and-a-half centuries, numerous individuals in different nations across Europe raised their voice against the government union of church and state. After all, God Himself had separated the two institutions, placing Moses over civil affairs and Aaron over spiritual ones; and when King Uzziah tried to combine the two functions in 2 Chronicles 26, God Himself struck him down, thus reaffirming the institutional separation He had established. (Those European leaders and their followers who objected to many of the unBiblical operations of both the state and the state-established and state-run church became known as “Dissenters”.)
The first recorded usage of the separation phrase occurred during the reign of King Henry VIII of England. Henry had sought a divorce, but when the church rightly denied it, Henry established his own government-run church and awarded himself the divorce. The Parliament also passed laws decreeing who could and could not participate in the Lord’s Supper and other sacraments, even deciding who could and could not preach the Gospel. The Rev. Richard Hooker objected, and is credited with being the first to use the separation phrase, demanding that the government stay out of what was rightly the church’s jurisdiction.
Since those who came to America afterwards were largely Dissenters and generally held the same view as their Dissenting leaders in Europe, the separation phrase was widely used in America for the next century-and-a-half, especially in objecting to British attempts to establish official theology or British-run churches in America.
The most frequently referenced American source for the contemporary usage of the separation phrase today is an 1802 letter written by President Thomas Jefferson to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, in which he assured them that because of “the wall of separation between church and state” the government would not interfere with or inhibit their religious practices or expressions, whether occurring in private or public. But in 1947, the Supreme Court reversed the traditional use of this phrase, for the first time allowing the government to interfere with and even prohibit religious practices and expressions, especially when occurring in public – a complete reversal of the historic meaning of the phrase and its usage both by Jefferson and those in previous centuries. Consequently, the modern application of this phase bears nearly no resemblance to either its historical or Biblical origins.
For information and sources for this issue, see the following resources:
- “The Separation of Church and State”
- “Letters Between the Danbury Baptists and Thomas Jefferson”
- Separation of Church and State: What the Founders Really Meant (Book)
- American Heritage Series DVD set, specifically the program titled “Church, State & the Real 1st Amendment”
The Founders and Freemasonry
Is there a link between the Freemasons and the Founding Fathers? Were the Founding Fathers Masons?
There was a connection with Freemasonry for a few of the Founding Fathers, but the overwhelming majority were not involved with Freemasonry. Furthermore, what Freemasonry has become today with its anti-Biblical teachings and oaths was definitely not what Freemasonry was at the time the few Founders were involved with it. Freemasonry was introduced into America in 1734, and went through major transformative philosophical changes in 1799, 1813, 1825, and especially in the 1840s and 1850s, when it finally became the organization it is and adopted the anti-Biblical teachings and practices that characterize it today – teachings and practices adopted decades after the deaths of the Founding Fathers.
WallBuilders has a book that addresses this issue in depth: The Question of Freemasonry and the Founding Fathers
The Founding Fathers and Slavery
Did the Founding Fathers own slaves?
Some Founding Fathers did own slaves, most notably George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. However, these were a minority among the Founders; most did not own slaves and openly opposed slavery or led anti-slavery societies. The Founders often acknowledged that slavery had been fastened upon them by the British, and after America finally separated from Great Britain in the American Revolution, many of the Founders freed their slaves. Unfortunately, when this issue is covered today, critics often point to Jefferson and Washington and then suggest that all the Founders were racist, bigoted slave-owners, regularly failing to mention Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, James Wilson, Samuel Adams, John Adams, and the majority of the other Founders who strongly and actively opposed slavery.
For information on this issue, see the following articles:
The Bible and Church in America
Absolutely yes on both counts! The Bible offers strong precedent, and the Founding Fathers made it clear that they considered Christian involvement and the voice of the pulpit essential to good government, and that the pulpit should address the realms of public policy and political leadership among other Biblical topics. In recent decades, there has been a diligent, concerted effort by many secularist organizations to keep Christians and Christian leaders not only out of politics but also from speaking about its issues, but Christians should not fear or draw back from direct involvement.
For more on this issue, see the following resources:
- “Voting and Christian Involvement in the Political Arena”
- “A Christian Voter Intimidation Letter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State”
- “Churches and Elections: What is the Law?”
- “Should Christians or Ministers Run for Office”
- “Election Resources and Information”
- The Role of Pastors & Christians in Civil Government (Book and DVD)
- Keys to Good Government (Book)
Definitely yes! The Capitol served as a prominent church building from 1800 until the latter part of the nineteenth century. Regular attendants at the church in the Capitol included presidents, congressmen, and local citizens. For details and more information on this interesting but today largely unknown aspect of our federal history, see “Church in the U.S. Capitol.”
Yes, including Exodus 18:21 and Deuteronomy 1:15-16 among many others. There are numerous early sermons on how the Bible shaped this characteristic of our form of civil government, including two posted on our website: a 1775 sermon by Rev. Jacob Duche titled “ The Duty of Standing Fast in Our Spiritual and Temporal Liberties,” and an 1840 sermon by Rev. Mellish Irving Motte titled “The Christian Patriot.”
For more on this issue, see the following resource:
The Role of Pastors & Christians in Civil Government (Book and DVD)
The Founders’ desire to separate and check governmental power was rooted in the principle in Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” This verse encapsulated a prominent theological teaching among Puritans, Calvinists, and most other Christian movements and denominations: the “depravity of man”; that is, that the unrestrained heart of man moves naturally toward moral and civil degradation unless directly acted upon by the positive influence of God and religion. Because of this harmful tendency of man (especially when power is placed in his hands), the Founders believed that society would be much safer if all power did not repose in the same authority. Many of the Founders specifically cited this Biblical principle as the source of their reasoning on this aspect of our government.
For more on this issue, see the WallBuilders Summer 1996 newsletter.
Book Accuracy & Revisionism
Verifying the historical accuracy of a book is not always an easy task, but there are some helpful guidelines. First, look at the date of the book and compare it with the period of history it addresses. If it was printed or written during or shortly after the time period it addresses, then there is a much higher likelihood that it will be based on what are considered primary sources – the most reliable wellspring of accurate historical information.
If, however, it is a modern book addressing long past historical events or persons, there are certain things you should look for. For example, if the author relies heavily on primary sources (books written during the time period, letters or essays of the people involved, autobiographies, etc.) rather than secondary sources (modern books about the incident, or books heavily citing the opinions of modern writers, scholars, and academics), then the book is much more likely to be reliable. (A primary source is defined as “an original fundamental and authoritative document pertaining to an event or subject of inquiry; a firsthand or eyewitness account of an event.” A secondary source is defined as “any document that describes an event, person, place, or thing, usually not created contemporaneously.”) Works based heavily on modern secondary sources rather than original ones usually contain historical errors, thus resulting in revisionism, whether intentional or accidental.
As an example of the latter category, consider The Search for Christian America, wherein three academic scholars purport to investigate whether America really did have a Christian founding. They ultimately concluded that it did not; but an examination of the bibliography list at the end of their book is very revealing, for while the book claims to examine the Founding Era (generally dated as 1760-1805), a striking 88 percent of the “historical sources” on which the authors rely were printed after 1900, and 80 percent of the sources were printed after 1950! Comparing their conclusions against primary source historical documents affirms that the book contains several historical errors, but the mistakes were likely introduced without malicious intent; the inaccuracies were simply the result of quoting modern sources rather than primary ones.
An example of what appears to be deliberate and intentional revisionism is readily seen in The Godless Constitution. Cornell Professors Isaac Kramnick and Laurence Moore assert that the Founding Fathers were a collective group of atheists, agnostics, and deists who deliberately set out to create a secular government. Unfortunately, this text has become a staple of many universities across the country; and law reviews, courts, and other professors now cite this work as an authoritative source to “prove” the Founding Fathers’ alleged lack of religious beliefs. Strikingly, however, in the location at the end of the book where footnotes customarily appear, the two professors candidly acknowledge that “we have dispensed with the usual scholarly apparatus of footnotes.”
What a startling admission by two so-called academic PhDs! They make sweeping and forceful claims about an alleged lack of faith predominating among the Founding Fathers; their peers in academia herald this book as a great scholarly achievement; but there is not a single academic citation in the book to any original source or primary document. Not even a student at a small local junior college would be permitted to submit a research paper with the same lack of primary source documentation, but somehow it is acceptable for “accomplished” professors at a noted academic institution to do so. So, if you are looking to ensure historical accuracy, avoid modern historical books that fail to cite their sources!
Generally, when dealing with early America, we have found that biographies and history works written before 1900 tend to present the most honest view. Those older books typically have not been infected with our modern agendas and thus more accurately acquaint us with the period, customs, facts, and circumstances of that particular time. We place about a 75 percent confidence in works printed from 1900-1920, since various historical agendas were beginning to emerge at that time. We place only about a 50 percent reliance on works from 1920-1950 and less than a 20 percent reliance on those from the 1960s forward.
Generally, the more modern the book, the more it has been infected with the five modern historical malpractices of Deconstructionism, Poststructuralism, Minimalism, Modernism, and Academic Collectivism. The exception to this modern trend is when a book has an abundance of primary source documentary citations, such as books by David McCullough, Dumas Malone, Daniel Dreisbach, James Hutson, Peter Lilliback, and others. Also, there are now many online sources where you can download or read many old original historical works and biographies; and many older texts have also been reprinted and are now available through major book outlets such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
The dictionary defines revisionism as an “advocacy of the revision of an accepted, usually long-standing view, theory, or doctrine; especially a revision of historical events and movements.” Revisionism attempts to alter the way a people views its own history and traditions in an effort to persuade them to accept a change in public policy that they otherwise might not embrace.
For more information and examples of revisionism, see the following resources:
WallBuilders and Unconfirmed Quotations
Did David Barton make up quotes?
No, absolutely, definitely not! David Barton and WallBuilders are known for their meticulous, painstaking documentation of facts and quotes. For this reason, his works are heavily relied on and used by leaders at all levels of government, including elected officials, judges and courts, and teachers and educational institutions. In fact, many of his works are used as textbooks in universities across the nation, and some of the textbooks he has helped write have become bestsellers in public schools across the country.
Characteristic of David’s books are the numerous pages of extensive footnotes they contain – footnotes heavily documented by what are considered legal standards, the highest and most accurate standards since they rely extensively on primary source documents. Originally, in some of WallBuilders’ early books, specifically The Myth of Separation (which has been updated and reprinted as Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion), David had used the academic standard rather than the legal standard (under the academic standard, citations may be made to secondary sources such as professors and other academic scholarly works). But unlike so many other modern academic writers (especially such writers among his critics), David no longer uses the academic standard but instead relies almost exclusively on the legal standard. He has challenged his critics to rise to the same high level of scholarship and documentation, but thus far they have not accepted the challenge.
The difference between an academic and a legal standard is actually very recognizable. Under the academic standard, the writer may properly say that “professor so and so tells us that James Madison said . . .”, but under the legal standard, the writer must quote the specific James Madison letter or writing from which his quote is taken; hearsay evidence such as someone else’s opinion (e.g., a professor or other writer) is not acceptable. David has always documented his quotes, but he now no longer uses secondary sources (which is completely acceptable in the academic community) but only primary sources (the higher requirement of the legal community). And why not? David owns some 100,000 works that predate 1812; so why should he quote a professor or some other scholar when he can quote the actual document instead? (By the way, because these original documents have now been used to expose many assertions of modern professors and writers about the Founding Fathers as being inaccurate claims, it is primarily for this reason that they attack David and accuse him of making up his quotes – they have been embarrassed at having their historically inaccurate agenda exposed.)
Some twenty years ago when David moved from the academic standard to the legal standard, he compiled a list of several Founding Father quotes that he and numerous other writers had used about early America (these were all quotes which he had fully documented under academic standards); he announced that he would no longer use those quotes until he found them in original sources. Significantly, over the past twenty years, he has now found many of those quotes in original sources (thus affirming their authenticity) and has returned to using them. Thus far, however, his critics still have maintained their practice of citing each other rather than original historical documents.
(This unfortunate practice is known as Academic Collectivism, whereby “experts” rely on each other’s claims as the standard for truth. This practice advances an incestuous system of peer-review as the measurement for whether an historical fact is accurate or errant, and thus many modern professors frequently quote each other to show they are “right” when in reality actual documents often prove the opposite of what they claim.)
To see the list of academic quotes that David compiled, along with quotes that have now been verified by primary source documents, see our “Unconfirmed Quotations” list.
There are many helpful organizations that address several diverse topics. For a list of such organizations, see our “Helpful Links” page.
WallBuilders also has additional resources appearing throughout the website – resources not referenced on this page – that you may find helpful. You can browse our various sections, or simply enter a key word in the “search” box on the home page.
For a wide variety of articles, documents, proclamations, sermons, and more from WallBuilders, please visit our Library section.
For a list of books worth reading, see our “Recommended Reading List”
For a collection of WallBuilders’ email blasts on various historical issues, see ourUpdates from WallBuilders section.
For a daily national radio program by David Barton and Rick Green addressing current issues, see WallBuilders Live!
How Can You Make a Difference?
How can I make a difference? What can I do?
We encourage people of faith to be involved in the civic arena, whether through prayer or direct engagement. A minimum action is voting, but there is much else that can also be done. The need for our involvement was accurately identified well over a century ago by U. S. President and Gospel minister James A. Garfield, who declares: “Now, more than ever, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation. . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.” WallBuilders wholeheartedly believes the truth of this statement and strives to meet this growing need through our services to clergy and people of faith around the country.
Learn more about how you can make a difference and take a stand for America in these articles:
If you would specifically like to help WallBuilders, consider a few options:
Giving your time and services through volunteering is a vital part of our success as an organization. If you would like to volunteer your time or services to WallBuilders in any capacity, contact [email protected].
- In-Kind Donations
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- Financial Donations
As a non-profit organization, WallBuilders depends on generous gifts from individuals like you. Whether you become one of our monthly supporters or make a special gift, your financial partnership is vital.
From conferences to speaking engagements to our national radio program, there are a number of ways you can be part of what God is doing at WallBuilders. The links below have information regarding some of these specific activities:
- ProFamily Legislative Network
- Congressional Pastors Briefing
- Speaking Engagements
- WallBuilders Live!
We believe in the power of prayer and look to the Lord for His guidance and blessing for America and WallBuilders. We consider prayer so important to our ministry that we have staff whose sole responsibility is to pray. God has been exceedingly gracious to us, and it is by His goodness that WallBuilders prospers. Your prayers are foundational. Here are some specific ways you can pray:
- For Our Nation
2 Chronicles 7:14 says that if we humble ourselves and seek God’s face, He will heal our land. Pray for God’s Divine hand and blessing on our country and restoration for His people.
- For Our Political Leaders
God commands us in 1Timothy 2:1-2 to pray for those in authority, specifically for our civil leaders. Pray that God will anoint them with wisdom and godliness.
- For Your Pastor
Pray for boldness and strength for spiritual leaders to speak the truth boldly and with clarity as they lead our country back to its moral and religious foundations.
- For WallBuilders
Pray for God’s favor, guidance, and wisdom for our endeavors.
- For WallBuilders Speakers
WallBuilders currently has 5 speakers who address hundreds of groups all around the country each year. Please pray for protection and favor on our speakers, and that those who hear them will be motivated to become good stewards of the blessings God has bestowed on this country.
Each of us is privileged to share the mission of advancing God’s kingdom and promoting righteousness and morality in our government in America. As an individual, you can spread this news to your family, friends, and the public leaders that serve you; one way you can do this is by giving and introducing our materials to those around you. To obtain these resources, visit our Online Store, call us at 817-441-6044, or email us at [email protected] – and be sure to ask about quantity discounts.