Monday, July 20, 2009

What is your child learning in science class?

What is your child learning in science class?

88% of Americans send their children to public schools where they are taught a philosophy of naturalism. Mass and energy are all that exist and a Creator God is unnecessary. Consider this statement of the National Association of Biology Teachers, (NABT), 1995. "“The diversity of life on earth is the outcome of evolution: an unsupervised, impersonal, unpredictable and natural process of temporal descent with genetic modification that is affected by natural selection, chance, historical contingencies and changing environments.”

"Unsupervised" means no Creator God.

"Impersonal" means life has no special meaning.

"Unpredictable" means we are a product of mere chance.

Consider some of the controversial claims in modern science textbooks:

1. All Scientists Agree: “Virtually all biologists consider evolution to be a fact” (Campbell and Reece, AP Edition Biology, 2005, p. 272). This statement is misguiding. There are a growing number of scientists questioning the absurd claims of evolutionists when they apply their theory to various aspects of life.

2. Dinosaurs Evolved: “For roughly 150 million years, dinosaurs dominated life on land. They evolved from the thecodonts, an extinct group of crocodile-like reptiles” (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Biology: Principles & Explorations, 2001, p. 740). This statement contradicts scripture which claims all land animals were created on the same day as the first humans, and so they shared the same world only a few thousand years ago.

3. Birds evolved from reptiles; “By 150 million years ago, feathered theropods [dinosaurs] had evolved into birds” (AP Edition Biology, 2005, p. 693). God was the only eyewitness to creation and he recorded in Genesis that He created flying creatures before He created land animals.

This godless, human centered worldview has been anchored in our society because the students who learned this apostasy at Harvard and Yale he ‘60’s and '70's are now running the country. Abraham Lincoln recognized the power of secular schools in shaping the minds of our youth and influencing our culture, "“The philosophy of the classroom in this generation will be the philosophy of politics, government and life in the next."

As Christian parents, teachers and ministers we've done an inadequate job of defending Christianity from the cultural assault of humanism. We tend to use the word of God as a shield rather than a sword. We need to reclaim the high ground. Humanism can be refuted intellectually and rationally as well as scripturally.

One of my favorite movie scenes: Sam Elliot plays Union General John Buford. He pulls out his binoculars and looks out over the terrain of Gettysburg and makes a dire prediction: “You know what’s going to happen here in the morning? The whole Reb army is going to be here. They’ll move through this town, occupy these hills on the other side and when our people get here Lee will have the high ground. There will be the devil to pay!...Meade will finally attack…Straight up the hillside, out in the open, in that gorgeous field of fire. We will charge valiantly…and be butchered valiantly!...Devin, I’ve led a soldier’s life, and I’ve never seen anything as brutally clear as this.”

We need to reclaim the high ground.

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