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Christianity Johnson on 25 Aug 2008 12:01 am

Christianity teaches nonsense, and teachers try to undo the damage

The New York Times has an article on the effects of Christianity on science education:

A Teacher on the Front Line as Faith and Science Clash

The article does contain good news:

In February, the Florida Department of Education modified its standards to explicitly require, for the first time, the state’s public schools to teach evolution, calling it “the organizing principle of life science.” Spurred in part by legal rulings against school districts seeking to favor religious versions of natural history, over a dozen other states have also given more emphasis in recent years to what has long been the scientific consensus: that all of the diverse life forms on Earth descended from a common ancestor, through a process of mutation and natural selection, over billions of years.

But it also contains bad news. Religion infects students with nonsense:

But in a nation where evangelical Protestantism and other religious traditions stress a literal reading of the biblical description of God’s individually creating each species, students often arrive at school fearing that evolution, and perhaps science itself, is hostile to their faith.

Some come armed with “Ten questions to ask your biology teacher about evolution,” a document circulated on the Internet that highlights supposed weaknesses in evolutionary theory. Others scrawl their opposition on homework assignments. Many just tune out.

That’s just great. We find ourselves in the 21st century, where our economy and destiny are inextricably linked to science. Unfortunately, many of the kids who happen to have religious parents “just tune out” in science class, and many more actively oppose science. What an incredible waste.

Here is the document that Christians arm themselves with:

Ten questions to ask your biology teacher about evolution

The NYT has been kind enough to provide answers to these ten questions here:

10 Questions, and Answers, About Evolution

So what is the ultimate solution to this problem? It seems like the simplest path is to state the truth loudly and without compromise. Yes, science is hostile to faith, because “faith” is based on nothing but superstition and mythology. Any intelligent person discards superstition and mythology without question or concern.

Since the whole idea of an education system is to create intelligent people, the education system is actively working to purge superstition and mythology every day. “Faith”, meanwhile, is actively working to make people stupid (by injecting superstition and mythology), and that has no benefit for anyone. Therefore, faith must be expelled. It’s that simple, and that obvious.

What prevents us from speaking the truth, especially when it comes to something this important?

6 Responses to “Christianity teaches nonsense, and teachers try to undo the damage”

  1. on 25 Aug 2008 at 10:33 am 1.Pasta Lover said …

    That 10 Questions and Answers is a great link!

  2. on 25 Aug 2008 at 12:19 pm 2.Snag said …

    The truth will set you free.

    It would be cool if schools would be that blunt.

  3. on 26 Aug 2008 at 8:44 am 3.The Warrior said …

    Hasnt Swedan recently banned – or intending to ban – religion in there Scools? The rest of the world should follow suit. Stop feeding lies to pupils!!

    Great article, very interesting read indeed!

    Warrior

  4. on 20 Dec 2009 at 11:01 am 4.Chris said …

    You said: “faith is based on nothing but superstition and mythology.” Er, where did this wonderful metaphysical burst of inspiration come from? It came from your own ignorance. It always amazes me how healthy people prattle about stuff they don’t know about. See how you feel on your death bed because you’ll be there one day with a future of ‘nothingness’ (according to your expert knowledge)to calm you as you slip away. You will be terrified (see VOLTAIRE). Liken yourself to a fish in a tank. The fishtank is all that you know. Now if someone who speaks fish-language tells you that you must have faith to believe that in a place called Paris, there is an edifice called thge Eiffel Tower, you will say: “Nonsense! What a load of crap! It doesn’t fit with what I see in my physical world.” Nonetheless, you would be totally wrong. Get the point Bud?

  5. on 20 Dec 2009 at 12:18 pm 5.Severin said …

    Chris 4
    “…with a future of ‘nothingness’…”.

    Yes, the fear of “nothingness” after death is one of major reasons religions keep their roots so strongy.
    That is why even some intelligent people endure the nonsensness and immorality of OTHER (I would say ALL OTHER)religious dogmas.

    “Nothingness” is inevitable destiny of all of us. That should be a good reason to use your one and only life in a better way.

    All of us were in “nothingness” before we were born.
    It does not aches!
    It is much better than eternal sufferings promissed by Bible for “sinners”. The problem is that you never know how sinfull you really are during your life. Whatever you do there is a threat that somebody, somewhere, is making a list of your sins, and you never know wether you did some of them aout of your will.
    How woderfull feeling to live without such an ugly, superstitious and futile feeling!

  6. on 20 Dec 2009 at 12:50 pm 6.Severin said …

    Please see how dramatical and cruel punishments were “prescribed” for LIVING “sinners” in the Bible.
    For majority of “sins”, such as adultery, death was the only penalty. Punishmetn for young ladies which did not enter marriage as virgins was death as well.

    What would all of them expect in „eternal life“ if they somehow survived their ’sins’ on this earth? And, of course, GREAT MAYORITY of them survived, because human society (thankfully) neglected god’s orders in most cases.

    Another very importatn question is what BLASPHEMIST, which neglected god’s orders, could expect in“eternal life“. Not to kill a sinner when god orders so, isn’t it a really great desobediance and great blasphemy?
    Punishment for most types of blasphemy was also death! If blasphemists survived, will they be punished for eternal suffering after thir death?

    It is obvious that, using thremendous threads for LIVING people for their „sins“, the ruling minority wanted to keep them silent and obediant.
    They did not care much about „eternity“! Moreover, they made „eternity prospects“ for people much „softer“. Keep your mouth shut on this world, under treath of death, and you will (maybe) live good in eternal life.

    But before you reach eternal life, give us some money to untie you of your possible sins.
    Hypocrisy! Dirty manipulation with uneducated people!

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