Christian Historian’s Basketball Claims Questioned (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Christian historian David Barton was recently speaking at Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on the topic of "The Principles of Success."

During his presentation, Barton referenced 1 Corinthians 9:27 from the Bible, which discusses training the body. He recalled when he played college basketball, noted (video below).

Barton stated:

"I remember when I was playing basketball, the college stuff that we did. We started every day with a five mile run, then we lifted weights, then we had an hour of racquetball, then we had two hours of full-court basketball, then we came back for another run. It wasn’t particularly enjoyable, but in those years, our college team set the NCAA record for two years in a row for most points scored. We averaged 105, 104, 103 points a game, I forget what it was. But you had to run a lot, it wasn’t a lot of fun, but you get the results.” noted there are multiple reports that Barton graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1976, and that the men's basketball team did lead the country in scoring in 1972 and 1973, but Barton's name is not mention on the rosters for 1971-72 or 1972-73 or 1973-1974.

Psychologist Warren Throckmorton wrote on his blog that he called Oral Roberts University and was told by the school's public relations office: "After checking with the Athletic Office, there is no record of a David Barton ever playing basketball for ORU.”

Sources:, Oral Roberts University Athletics, Warren Throckmorton
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