One of the main reasons I think atheism has grown in recent years is because of the politically correct cleansing of Christianity from history. I don’t think skeptics realize what motivated many of the greatest men and women in history because the concept of the “separation of church and state” has been so entrenched into our school systems that the prohibition against bringing God into the classroom even reaches down into the content of our social studies and science classes.
For example, when learning about Isaac Newton, I’m sure kids learn about his contributions to the scientific world, but do they learn about what inspired him to accomplish his great body of work? Not at this web site:
Contrast this simple washed-out version of history that a child more than likely receives through a public school with the comprehensive filled-out teaching a homeschooled child could receive:
One version certainly won’t include this motivating factor on why Newton wrote the Principia Mathematica from their bio and one probably will:
“When I wrote my treatise about our Systeme I had an eye upon such Principles as might work with considering men for the beliefe of a Deity & nothing can rejoyce me more then to find it usefull for that purpose.”
Newton wrote his greatest work with the hope that it would convince men to believe in God. What public school child will hear that? Instead, they will live under the impression that the pursuit of scientific knowledge, rather than the pursuit of God, inspired Newton’s work.
I have a degree in history, but my studies rarely revealed any of the motivations of the men and women who changed the world. The texts were filled with who, what, when, and where, but they neglected the WHY!
So, where did I learn this larger view of history? I’ve been a homeschool mom since 1989, and I began to learn about the “why” of history while reading my kids’ history books–which I obtained from Christian publishers who wanted to share the beautiful impact that Jesus and his Gospel had on the history of the world.
I remember in the 1990’s when I first learned about Martin Luther and how he opposed the Catholic Church and was called before the Inquisition. I was floored. I never really knew about the Reformation and how it impacted so much of history. I was so impressed by Luther that in 2003 when I attended a college which was started by the Reformed Church (those churches who were birthed out of the Reformation), I was so excited about the Junior Studies course on the Reformation that I awkwardly visited the professor’s office and expressed my enthusiasm. (I don’t think Professor Christiansen understood where I was coming from!) Unfortunately this college, like so many others, seems to have wandered further and further away from its roots. I was there for one of the last years they offered Reformation Studies.
Atheists might charge that I received a biased education from these Christian publishers, yet the quotes found in these books are historically documented. They didn’t make them up. The quote found above by Newton was written in a letter to Richard Bentley.
It’s hard to argue that the person who has more of the truth is less informed than the one with less of the truth. I mean, which type of education is more likely to be biased–the one which is missing many parts of the story, or the one which includes more parts of the story? In fact, I would argue the one with less facts is more prone to deception.
Since it’s rare for an atheist to have studied the full historical story, they are at a disadvantage when it comes to historical debate. They love to throw out statements about Christians being ignorant, or being (as I have personally been called) a “wall of stupid,” but when a person has only learned a portion of the story, while their opponent has a larger portion of the story, who is more ignorant? How accurate is a half-truth?
I think it’s sad that we have decided, as a society, to cleanse any knowledge of those things that have inspired so much passion and excitement in the lives of the greatest men and women in history. It makes the things these great thinkers did, seem like an anomaly, something accomplished out of a fluke of extraordinary intelligence or courage, instead of teaching that any child can be heroic and do great things for the world if he would only try to please God with his life.
In the name of constitutional “rights,” the cleansing of Christianity from history has been accomplished by the public school system. Our fear of offending anybody or influencing any kid toward or away from God has led us to just wipe this part of the historical slate clean. In the process we’ve created a generation that thinks the world can do just fine without God, thank you. They’ve never been taught the whole truth, so they don’t understand that so many of the blessings that have come to humanity have come through the hearts, minds, and hands of those who loved and served God.
A SAD result of this is the formation of a divided society. A SCARY result is that a less informed group of people, with their cleansed version of history, wrongly believing they are more informed, is now beginning to rise up in arrogant opposition to those who have a fuller understanding of history. Atheists think they are intellectually superior to those who have learned not only the facts of science, but the thing that motivated the scientists to discover those facts.
And even sadder is the atheists’ inability to see the whole truth of their own history. They’ve also cleansed their own past of all motivation and inspiration, claiming that the brutal atheistic regimes of the last century weren’t caused by their views on God! Yet the tyrannical damage done to millions of people was done by those who clearly despised God and his people (not only by those who believed in and defended Marxist ideology).
It’s as though atheists have applied their scientific view (Darwinism) with its necessity that something comes from nothing, onto their social science views. Good and evil just happen. They don’t have a source.
Christian pastors and teachers have not only a great opportunity, but a great responsibility, to teach the truth of Christianity’s impact on history so our children don’t become prey to the cleansed, dumbed-down version being taught in a vacuum in the public school systems, a history of random facts with no meaning, inspiration, or purpose ever explained, except the current politically correct view that places every historical event into a racist, Darwinist, or sexist pigeonhole.
Unfortunately for the atheist, racism was fought most vehemently by Christians, science’s greatest advances were accomplished by creationists, and sexism has been conquered the most in those societies where Christianity has flourished the most.
Trying to share these truths with those atheists who have essentially been brainwashed is a daunting task. But this is the result of wiping the slate of history clean–we’ve created atheists.