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: http://gewatkins.net/my-words-shall-notpass- away/ February 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
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