How is the battle over Worldviews going? Here are some quotes from the past to give some perspective:
Dr. James Dobson spoke about this conflict in 1990 in his book, Children at Risk.
“Nothing short of a great Civil War of Values rages today throughout North America. Two sides with vastly differing and incompatible worldviews are locked in a bitter conflict that permeates every level of society… Instead of fighting for territory or military conquest, however, the struggle now is for the hearts and minds of the people. It is a war over ideas. And someday soon, I believe, a winner will emerge and the loser will fade from memory. For now, the outcome is very much in doubt.
Dr. Dobson offered great insight, but he and other Christians were late to the battle; the Humanist was already there:
This article appeared in The Humanist magazine back in 1983.
“The Bible is not merely another book, an outmoded and archaic book, or even an extremely influential book. It has been and remains an incredibly dangerous book. It and the various Christian churches, which are parasitic upon it, have been directly responsible for most of the wars, persecutions, and outrages which humankind has perpetrated upon itself over the past thousand years… I am convinced the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their roles as the proselytizers of a new faith… These teachers must embody the same dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach… The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the ever-realized Christian ideal of “love thy neighbor,’ will finally be achieved.”
Have that not achieved exactly what they set out to do? Who won this war?
Published on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 @ 4:20 AM CDT