Friday, September 20, 2013

Educational Neutrality?

We received the following comment from Jeff. Below is my response.

"I find it unsettling that the Christian homeschooling right pushes their beliefs on their children. I have no problem with teaching children the belief system of Christianity, but have you ever considered teaching your children to think critically and having them evaluate religious and non religious ideas objectively? Of course not, from day they start to think they're taught to accept creationism and only let them see the creationist side of things. Can't ever have them see what the Secular or Islamic or Jewish sides say about their parents ideas.

Always under the bias of their parents until they are old enough to do their own study, but by then, they've adopted their parents bias."

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Education is never neutral. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Prov. 1:7) Objectivity is impossible apart from Christ, for in Him are hid "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Col. 2:1-3) Those who do not want to retain God in their knowledge, God gives over to a debased mind. (Rom. 1:28)

You are either teaching your children to love, fear and obey God (Deut. 6:4-9) or to hate God and flout His Law. It is only the fool who says, "There is no God." (Psa. 51:1)

Reality flows from the mind of God and all knowledge is revelational of Him. Therefore, rebellious man seeks to suppress the truth of God in unrighteousness. (Rom. 1:18)

God created man in His image of knowledge, righteousness and holiness with dominion. Fallen man perverts this image. He demands “knowledge” apart from Christ, a (self) “righteousness” and “holiness” in rebellion against God and a destructive dominion that destroys not only himself, but society in the process.

There are only two kinds of men: regenerate and rebellious. 

Secular humanism (atheism) and Islamic worldviews have pretty rotten fruit, which is one reason why you (presumably) live in America under the shade of Christianity’s tree and not in communist China, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan or Iran. 

Isaiah proclaims, "To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isa. 8:20)


Anonymous said...

I would think that if you were really strong and confident in your faith, you would not be afraid to expose your children to other and perhaps opposing ideas.

Melody Joy said...


Anonymous said...

This was well written Melody!

Isaiah 8:20 is an excellent and vitally important passage of Yahweh's Law-Word that we must remember.

Another one is:

Let us hear the end of all: fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every work unto judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or evil. - Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

- Megan

Matt said...

It is the evolutionary way of thinking which is not critical thinking. In a naturalistic worldview, there is no reason to believe that sensory perception gives an accurate impression of reality. That is, there is no reason to believe in objectivity if there is no intelligent design of the universe. Thus naturalism and scientific method contradict each other. Some eastern religions tend towards the idea that there is no way of knowing reality and no objectivity at all.

On the other hand, science itself has proven that there is an inherent uncertainty in the universe (quantum mechanics). And we as believers know that only God has total objectivity. Thus Christianity is a reasonable middle ground position against the extremes of either arrogant humanism or total agnosticism.