College Indoctrination Firsthand
Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
At the beginning of my oldest son’s college science class, the students were told to fill out a survey that included questions concerning whether they believed the biblical account of origins – like: “Do you believe the world is less than 20,000 years old?” The professor told them there was no right or wrong answers, but that they would be asked to fill out the same survey at the end of the course. When my son told me this, I got suspicious. It sounded like they were being set up to measure the effectiveness of some forthcoming evolutionism propaganda.
Sure enough, my son was taught a great deal of materialistic/naturalistic philosophy, using a textbook called How to Think About Weird Things. And, sure enough, an extensive section in the text on “Scientific Creationism” is catalogued alongside Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, ESP and UFOs as “pretenders” of science. Evolution, on the other hand, was treated not just as a “theory” but as a “fact”.
I was amazed at how blatant the promotion of atheistic materialism was! Though the textbook claimed a “scientific” non-bias, it was largely a primer for Secular Humanism or, shall we say, Religious Materialism. An internet search on the author revealed that he is quite active in humanist and atheist publications.
Thankfully, my son has the spiritual maturity to see through the propaganda, and he and I had many opportunities to discuss the issues. Nevertheless, this kind of false philosophy and “pseudo-science” should really be avoided (1 Timothy 6:20). And I was saddened to think about how many students would be taken in and subtly made to think of creation science, the Bible and, indeed, Christianity as mistaken deceptions in our age of scientific knowledge and achievement. This is a great evil! The textbook has been in use since the mid-1990s and makes many attempts to debunk the claims of Christianity.
One such instance is in making a point about David Koresh, the Branch Davidian cult leader who died with his followers when his headquarters was burned down in Waco, Texas. The text points out that Koresh thought he was Jesus Christ. The book goes on and on about how Koresh’s belief that he was God did not make him God. The subtle point the author was making is that Jesus isn’t God either, even though a great many people believe that He is!
Such a freshman-level science course for all non-science majors is apparently duplicated at many colleges across America. Quite clearly there is an agenda of indoctrination that is underway. The fact that my son and his classmates would be tested for the worldview they held before and then after the course serves no purpose other than to measure how effective the course was in advancing a particular worldview.
Just like Bill Nye – the so-called “science guy” who is also the 2010 “Humanist of the Year” award winner – secular humanists are upset that so many Americans continue to believe the Bible and to be skeptical of evolution. They want to destroy that biblical heritage and expand their control of education – shaping the minds and views of young people all over the country ... indeed, the world. The fact that they have “required” courses for all non-science majors means that they want to push their ideas about “science” on every student! After they graduate, these young people move into positions of leadership in the media, business, education and government. And so it is no surprise that we have the socialist/materialist/humanist society that we have today.
Small wonder, too, that Barna researchers have found that nearly 60 percent of young people who went to church as teens drop out after high school. Christian parents and the church of today simply do not do an adequate job of strengthening their kids’ understanding of the Bible enough to face professors and teachers armed with the false philosophies of the world! We’ve allowed compromises with evolution (such as the Gap Theory, Day-Age theories and Progressive Evolution) to undermine biblical testimony. And we are afraid to invite controversy and argument by teaching the plain meaning of Scripture.
When pastors declare from the pulpit that “behemoth” was a hippo or an elephant, smart young people know that this does not mesh with the biblical text – which says behemoth had a “tail like a cedar” (Job 40:17). And when we allow the text to unravel because we are afraid the evolutionists are scientifically correct, we open up all the Scriptures to the possibility of unraveling. Believe me – the world, the flesh and the devil are all “chomping at the bit” to unravel the Scriptures for us! God will honor faith, not unbelief, and we must allow the Scriptures to impart the faith we need to pursue a growing and truly meaningful relationship with our Lord and Maker.
Lifted up by their faith in evolution, modern secularists and progressives are promoting a creeping, godless vision which wants government ownership and control, along with the abolition of absolute morality founded on Judeo-Christian religion. Kids in school, young adults and older adults need to be students all our lives, learning so as to engage the culture. That is why as Christians we need to be familiar with the flaws of evolution and the truth of creation science through books, DVDs and other media that institutions of “higher learning” will either ignore or ridicule. And most of all, we need to be diligent in studying our Bibles!
So we thank you for your partnership with us at Creation Moments, in providing an alternative to the lies of evolutionism. There is so much that can be done! We thank you for your prayers and your gifts. It is truly a joy and a blessing to labor with you at this time in history!