IN a recent GCSE biology exam, students were asked to consider four theories of how plants and animals have developed – Darwinism, Lamarkism, intelligent design and creationism – and to match each theory with a sentence. This was too much for the humanists, who complained to Ofqual, the exams watchdog, and to Ed Balls, the Education Secretary, saying they were “dismayed” by this “misleading” question. The result was that the exam board caved in, promising not to do it again!
“INTELLECTUAL ABUSE” ACCUSATION
In July the British Humanist Association was livid to discover that the latest version of the Primary Curriculum did not mention evolution. It organised a letter to Ed Balls, signed by 26 scientists and educators, which said, “We find it extraordinary that evolution and natural selection find no place in the section ‘Science – life and living things’ (page 6). The theory of evolution is one of the most important ideas underlying biological science. It is a key concept that children should be introduced to at an early stage so as to ensure a firmer scientific understanding nature and the material world when they study it in more detail later on.”
At a conference on 6th June 2009 Dr James Williams of the BHA accused creationists of “the intellectual abuse of children.” He has also criticised The Flintstones and Barney and Friends TV cartoon series for “playing into the hands of creationists” because they depict dinosaurs and people living together!1 The BHA and Richard Dawkins Foundation have now sent DVDs of Dawkins’ atheistic 1991 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures to all UK secondary schools. Yet when Truth in Science sent DVDs critical of evolution to schools in 2006, the humanists went ballistic!
Secular humanists are ‘naturalists.’ They believe there is no God, no spiritual dimension, no afterlife, and that nothing exists except matter. The late Carl Sagan put it thus: "The universe is all that is or ever was or ever will be."2 The National Secular Society makes no secret of its agenda. Its website states: “One of the National Secular Society’s primary aims is the secularisation of Britain’s education system.” The society is determined to prevent what it calls “bogus science” being taught in schools, claiming it would be “yet another assault on rationalism, reason and common sense.” Humanist Manifesto II stated: “the battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith.” That “faith” is based on evolution and atheism, as this quote reveals: “Humanism is naturalistic, and rejects the supernaturalistic stance with its postulated Creator-God and cosmic Ruler."3
EQUIPPING YOUNG PEOPLE
Christian parents need to be aware of the secularists’ agenda, which is to smuggle their own religion of naturalism into schools by disguising it as science. Unless Christian young people are taught how to counter naturalistic, evolutionary ideas, they will find it difficult, if not impossible, to retain their faith when they enter higher education, and will be more likely to swallow humanism’s hopeless creed.4 The destruction of people’s faith in God is exactly what the humanists are aiming for. They reason that the process needs to begin with the young, which explains why they fight so vigorously to prevent any alter- natives to evolution being taught. Equipping young people to defend their faith in God and the Bible should be one of the priorities of Christian youth ministry — and there is an abundance of excellent resources available to make that task easier.
“Point your kids in the right direction — when they’re old they won’t be lost.” (Proverbs 22: 6 The Message version).
4. The book Already Gone by Ken Ham and Britt Beemer reveals the shocking truth about why young people leave the church — and the solution.