It’s no secret that I dislike Glenn Beck. He distorts the truth, provides misinformation, and stirs up fear and anger. It’s shocking that someone who provides as much misinformation as he does has a platform to spout his half-truths. If I provided as much half-truth as Beck does, I would have failed out of seminary. One only needs to look no further than Beck’s explanation of the Council of Nicaea and the Dead Sea Scrolls. For those who need a refresher, here’s what Beck said:
All right. So here’s what happened. When Constantine decided he was going to uh… cobble together an army, um, he did the uh… Council of uh… Nicaea, right, Pat? …
Council of Nicaea. Um… and what they did is brought all of the religious figures, uhh, together, all the Christians and then they said, “Ok, let’s uh, put together the Apostles’ Creed, let’s, you know, you guys do it.” So they brought all their religious scripture together, and that’s when the Bible was first bound and everything else. And then they said, “Anybody that disagrees with this is a heretic and… off with their head!” Well, that’s what the Dead Sea Scrolls are. The Dead Sea Scrolls are those scriptures that people had at the time that they said, “They are destroying all of this truth.” Whether it’s truth or not is, is up to the individual, but that… at that time those people thought that this was something that needed to be preserved and so they rolled up the scrolls and they put ‘em in clay pots and they, they put ‘em in the back of caves where no one could find them. They were hidden scripture because everything was being destroyed that disagreed with the Council of Nicaea and Constantine. That’s what those things are.
Fact: Constantine had nothing to do with the Dead Sea Scrolls. About 3-4 centuries separate the Dead Sea Scrolls from Constantine.
Becks half-truths are bad…his theology is worse and it blows my mind that any Christian would listen to, let alone support Beck.
Religion Dispatches has this assessment of Beck:
But the problem with Beck isn’t just theology or, as Faithful America puts it in its radio ad, his “piecemeal gospel.” Beck’s heresy is not that he’s cherry-picking parts of the Bible to claim that Jesus was an inconsiderate cad or that Matthew 25 was actually written by Joseph Stalin. It’s that he’s using his anti-government heresies to produce a false, ahistorical civics class that distorts his viewers’ understanding of the role of government in serving the needs of its citizens.
Combine the half-truths and the bad theology and Beck becomes dangerous Christianity because he pushes the conservative Mormon theology and the Mormon god on Christians while at the same time promoting misinformation and half-truths concerning the role of government.