US Public Education’s Foundations, Christianity vs. Humanism

In a recent blog, I dealt with the two foundations of US Public Education, Christian Values, and Humanism. A comment posted by a reader asked: “What’s wrong with Humanism?” What’s wrong, Humanism’s tenets and foundations conflict with my Christian world in every area: History, Science, Literature and even Language, which I’ll deal with next week. As a Christian I want my children’s education to reflect my values, which begins with a foundation of a worldview and a set of presuppositions about the world where we live. Until in the early part of the 20th century, the US public education’s foundation was the Bible and Christian principles. It began to change in the middle of the 20th century, based on the influence of John Dewey and others. By the end of the 1980s US, education was based entirely on the principles of Humanism. Christianity was purged from the schools under the guise of “separation of church and state.” These two worldviews are at opposite positions on every aspect of our lives, only one can be education’s foundation. They are truly mutually exclusive. Education’s foundation must be based on either one of these value sets, but since it can be ONLY one, the other must be entirely excluded.

Here is a summary, created by this author, of their differences.

Universe Origin Order from Nothing + Chaos Created by God in 6 Days
Human Origin Chemical / Biological Accident Made in God’s Image
Origin of Life Dead Chemicals / Abiogenesis Created Kinds by God
Meaning of Life Human Experience In God, Who is life
Historical Flow Unpredictable, Random Events God’s Purpose / His Story
Improved World Reason / Intelligence Christian Conversion & Life
Happiness is? Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs New Creation / Alive in Christ
Fulfillment is? On Earth Only / Death Ends ALL Heaven / Eternal Life with Him
Moral Basis Relativism / Do What YOU Want? God’s Word as Guide
Salvation None or By Some Human Effort God’s Grace Alone by Faith
Lifestyle Pleasure, Hedonism, Live for Today! In Christ, Be a Living Sacrifice

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One more challenge: “In the history of the Christian church, many rulers, philosophers, kings, etc. have tried to destroy Christianity. They have even, at times, declared it dead. Why, after many centuries, haven’t they succeeded?”

In 1776, Voltaire, the French philosopher, announced, “One hundred years from my day there will not be a Bible in the earth except that is looked upon by some antique seeker.” One hundred years later, Voltaire was dead, and the Geneva Bible Society was using his house and press to print and store Bibles. One hundred years from the day of Voltaire’s prediction, the first edition of his works sold for eleven cents in Paris, but the British government paid the Czar of Russia half a million dollars for an ancient Bible manuscript. —Source: away/ February 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Charlie is the author of “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.” which develops an evangelism strategy that gets to the Gospel every time you witness. His second book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to more than 100 questions skeptics use to try to stump Christians. The third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year.

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2 thoughts on “US Public Education’s Foundations, Christianity vs. Humanism

  1. Re: point above about Salvation.

    Not all Christians buy into this saved by grace alone. One has to live their faith for 2 reasons: 1. to be a witness for Christ in the world (Christ’s ministry was a public one. He was not a lone sage living in a remote cave or on a remote mountain top.) 2. Living the faith out in one’s daily life proves the value of the faith.

    As Nietzsche pointed out in the late 1800s, Christians are no different from pagans in how they live their lives. This is true when you consider all the self-identified Christians who mouth the mantra “Jesus is my personal lord and savior, but then live their lives no different from pagans. To be an authentic Christian requires more than a couple of hours of fellowship and worship each week.


  2. Saved by grace alone is what the Bible teaches. Yes, you should be a witness. Yes, you should live out your faith in daily life. Both of these are by-products of salvation by grace alone NOT conditions to receive it. A Christian who is NOT transformed into a new life is probably not a believer. Authentic Christianity transforms all of a person’s life. After I was converted my coworkers joked often about “new” Charlie vs. “old” Charlie. I was converted from a hardcore Atheist into a Christian at age 35. See my book: “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer” for details.


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