EXPOSING RELIGIOUS MONOPOLY IN PUBLIC SCHOOL SCIENCE CLASSES
By Dr. Patrick Jonston
August 20, 2006
As a physician who believes in a six-day biblical creation, I have felt the sting of religious bigotry during my years in America�s institutions of higher learning. The evolutionists like to extol the virtues of science and their commitment to keep religious ideas out of their science classes, but they cannot practice what they preach.
�Help Ohio Public Education,� or H.O.P.E., is the name for the political group of evolutionists formed to fight for their monopoly on public education and silence all dissent in Ohio. Lawrence Krist, chairman of the Physics Dept. at Case Western Reserve University, is the leader of the group. In the New Scientist, he wrote, �To counter these threats (the threats of the proponents of Intelligent Design curricula in public school classrooms) we need to argue compellingly that people of faith are ill-served by ignorance, rather than argue that faith and ignorance or synonymous.� They aren�t against religion, they�re just against ignorance.
My dear Bible-believing friends, can�t you just feel the love? Don�t you just want to flee from the ignorance of Genesis chapter 1 into the competent arms of American scientists? (Tongue rooted firmly in cheek.)
Evolutionists claim that they are not against religion they just want religious ideas kept out of science classes. What they fail to acknowledge and want to keep the public from realizing is that their own pre-commitment to naturalism is just as religious as biblical creationism.
Naturalism holds that the only valid explanations for nature�s phenomena are naturalistic ones - no supernatural explanations are allowed. They reject Biblical explanations for nature�s phenomena not as a result of scientific inquiry, but because it conflicts with their religious ideas. �I will only believe to be true what I can see, taste, touch, hear, and smell� they say, but can they see, taste, touch, hear, or smell that theory, that naturalistic explanations are the only valid explanations for our observations of the world around us? No, they cannot. If naturalism is true, that only data that is sensed with the five senses is scientifically credible, then naturalism should not be allowed in the classroom, because naturalism and its presuppositions cannot be sensed or proven with the five senses. Their commitment to naturalism is not based upon scientific fact, but is a dogmatic statement of faith, through which all data is filtered and evaluated. Naturalism does not meet its own criteria for credibility, and is therefore self-refuting. The religion of naturalism falls from the weight of its own internal contradictions, apart from any scientific fact or any religious criticism.
Moreover, when the priests of naturalism employ scientific induction or logic to refute the creation scientist�s claims, they must first presuppose that which naturalistic processes cannot verify; namely, the immaterial, unchanging, universal, and prescriptive laws of logic, as well as the uniformity of nature, which is assumed is all their scientific induction. These presuppositions are impossible to empirically verify though naturalistic processes. The standard they set up to ban creationism from science classes would also ban naturalism if the standard were applied evenly.
They prove true the Scripture: �That which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and to four-footed beasts and creeping things� (They) changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forevermore� (Romans 1:19-25).
The question before the science student is not whether religion or science will have pre-eminence in their minds, but which religion? The true religion, which worships the Creator and can make sense of science, or the religion of naturalism, which worships nature and can�t make sense of itself.
Not since close-minded scientists believed the earth was flat has modern man been so deceived by an utterly false theory as naturalistic macro-evolution. It is contrary to known and proven scientific laws. The laws of logic and scientific induction, upon which all scientific theory and research is based, and the justification of moral absolutes and moral indignation, which the evolutionists have no problems leveling at the creation scientists who falsify data, finds its validity only within the Christian worldview. Science and moral judgment are undermined by the naturalistic worldview. Indeed, the best argument against evolution is the best argument leveled in defense of it.
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Patrick and his wife Elizabeth Johnston reside in central Ohio with their five young home-schooled children. Patrick Johnston is a family practice physician and founder of the Association of Pro-life Physicians, which is dedicated to restoring a remnant of physicians in our communities who are convinced that life begins at conception and who will not commit nor refer for abortions (www.ProLifePhysicians.org).
He founded the Alliance to Reform
Education Funding to fighting public school levies and promoting Christian
He founded the Coalition for Justice for All Ohioans to pursue justice
for Ohio's pre-born and to provide photo-documentary evidence on-line
of the abortionists and their accomplices at the abortion clinics of Columbus,
Ohio. Dr. Johnston is committed to revival in the church, and the restoration
of Biblical law and constitutional government in America.
Evolutionists claim that they are not against religion they just want religious ideas kept out of science classes.