Friday, December 12, 2008

regurgitate the answers we want from you

At first, it seemed odd that students regularly challenged me with the same statistics. Then, I discovered that the vast majority of them had seen the same video, America's Godly Heritage, by an amateur historian named David Barton. The fils argues that the United States was founded explicitly as an evangelical Christian nation. Large numbers of evangelical churches and schools use his material to "correct" the secular interpretation of American history.

In recent years, conservative evangelicals have created a cottage industry out of America's Christian heritage. From his television pulpit, Florida pastor D. James Kennedy weekly assails contemporary secular society's historical blindness and extols the nation's Christian past. Paul Marshall and David Manuel produced an influential textbook called The Light and the Glory that opens with God directing Christopher Columbus to found the New World. Across America, conservative Christians are claiming history as theirs--remaking the past in their own theological image of a Christian nation, even a specifically evangelical Protestant one.

In many ways, it is tempting to ignore this as the uneducated carping of people who believe the world was created in six twenty-four-hour days. And it is not difficult to award low grades to students echoing such claims.
Diane Butler Bass, Christianity for the Rest of Us, pp. 27-28

There is so much here, so I'm going to deal with it kind of like this.

First, there is this link to David Barton's Wallbuilders.

This isn't the only time Butler Bass mention (with derision) Barton, so one may safely that when a liberal like Butler Bass sees fit to try to pound on Barton so much, there must be a lot of truth in what he's saying.

I'm not familiar with "The Light and the Glory", so cannot comment on it. I am familiar with Kennedy (and I don't mean Ted), and I've even listened to Barton on a set of CDs of messages from Coral Ridge. I can recommend Coral Ridge strongly.

Concerning Creation, there are many resources. Although it probably doesn't necessarily support six-day Creation, the movie "Expelled" is still a good one for raising questions about the modern religion of evolution, and how strong-arm tactics (like Butler Bass mentions in the quotes above) are used against those who do raise questions.

(Funny, isn't it--postmoderns go on and on about questioning everything, but if you dare bring evidence for America's Christian heritage and maybe the biblical account of Creation, "it is not difficult to award low grades to students echoing such claims". Apparently, you may question anything except what pomos say you cannot question, or they will fail you in their classes.)

And although I haven't yet been able to visit it, the Creation Museum is only a few hours away from me. I really must get up there sometime.

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