Here's another message rejected by Bara -- about the alleged PhD diploma he posted for Johnston:
Reply filed by Oberg, 1:15 PM Nov 21 – rejected by Bara
Well, here's what my internet searching found -- or didn't. No documentary evidence of the existence of any "Colorado Reform Baptist Church"
I need to remind Mr. Bara that on his own blog, Mr. Johnston had stated, "I hold .. two advanced degrees from the Reformed Baptist Seminary, one in
Theology and the other PhD in Metaphysics...".
Perhaps now Mr. Bara is criticizing me for carelessly believing that Johnston correctly named the school when I should have KNOWN he really meant the
'Colorado Reform Baptist Church' seminary of Denver, instead. My telepathic powers are clearly not as advanced as Mr. Bara insists they be. When Mr.
Johnston posted a written message claiming a degree from the "Reformed Baptist Seminary", clearly I was unjustified in assuming he could remember
the name of the school correctly (and if not, what ELSE has he not remembered correctly?).
Trying to track down the seminary of the ‘Colorado Reform Baptist Church’, I found this “Reformed Baptist Church of Northern Colorado” in
) and talked with the pastor. Mr. Doug Vanhorn.
I told him I was trying to locate “the seminary of the ‘Colorado Reform Baptist Church’, in Denver”, and his immediate response was, “The
WHAT?? I’ve never heard of such a thing.” He continued: “We’re definitely not associated with anything like that, and I’ve lived in Denver
my whole life.”
Some historical records do indicate the existence of a “Colorado Reform Baptist Church” in Denver, founded in 1981 and still in existence in 1993
(date of the report). A search of the current Colorado on-line directory assistance showed 77 entries for "Baptist" in the Denver area, but no
“Reform Baptist” anything.
A call to the "Denver Association of Southern Baptist Churches" got the response that maybe that institution had merged with the "Colorado
Christian University", but a search of that school's website (and the Wikipedia article about its history) showed no mention of it. Besides, the
church is missionary-oriented and offers no PhDs, and no degrees in 'metaphysics' at all.
Johnston's diploma was signed by a number of individuals. "Charles Lee Meininger" was identifed as 'Bishop, Colorado Reform Baptist Church', but
his obituary (he died May 14, 2007, in Wheatfield, Colorado) merely mentions that he "spent many years in radio broadcasting" - no mention of any
church activity, or any seminary. "Robert K. Whitsit" was listed as "Chairman of the Faculty", but the only man of that name (even without the
middle initial)on the Internet is now president of an auction company.
The piece of paper that Mr. Bara has presented, so far, stands only for its PDF image, with no independently verifiable background information that
anything on it is accurate.
It could well turn out to be some short-lived diploma mill, non-accredited like those that used to be advertised on the back cover of 'Science &
Mechanics', or even a genuine school that vanished too soon before the arrival of the Internet, to leave any paper trail at all (with all of its
works vanishing without any ripples). But the burden of proof of its existence (and the true nature of the 'PhD') should now have shifted to those
who claim it did exist -- in my view, sufficient 'reasonable doubt' has been raised.