Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Scratch an Ex-Fundamentalist...

Mr. Alan Pell Crawford, writing in the arts section of The Wall Street Journal, today reviews a book by one who had a Christian-school education, and did not like the experience. The author, Christine Rosen, writes disparagingly of a school where "The Bible was our textbook" and students learned that God created the world in six days, and that a great Flood destroyed most of the dinosaurs forty-four hundred years ago.

To put matters into perspective: Mr. Crawford ia a left-leaning vegetarian who has in the past expressed great fear of conservatives, as his bibliography makes abundantly clear. So anything he says about Christian education, or about someone who went through it and wasn't too happy about it, we must take with a few milligrams of sodium chloride.

That said, let us look at the criticisms that Miss Rosen makes, as Mr. Crawford summarizes them:

  1. The school teaches literal Creationism and diluvianism--that is, that the world underwent a Great Flood. Now I did not attend Keswick (pronounced KEZZ-IK) Christian Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. But I do attend a church that keeps a Christian school. I can tell you that Christian education does not and need not neglect a solid grounding in the scientific method and in actual scientific results. Evolution is not science. It is an anti-religion promulgated by those who don't want to admit that God exists, and also promulgated by fraudulent means, as I have discussed repeatedly. And any geologist who cares to look can see ample evidence that a Flood did occur. Indeed, you cannot have fossils without sudden death and burial--which is exactly what the Flood produced.
  2. Miss Rosen also makes "aesthetic" criticisms of her experience. They amount to: frumpy appearance, out-of-date clothes, and home permanents--in short, separation from the gaudy, "glamorous" styles of the secular world. I ask Miss Rosen--and I ask Mr. Crawford--what is wrong with that? And if that's your best criticism of fundamentalists, then you admit that your entire world view is totally shallow.
To his credit, Mr. Crawford laments that this is the worst thing that Christine Rosen could find to say about Keswick and its adult associates. To his discredit, he tries, ever so subtly, to take other issues about fundamentalism, and never once bothered to consult the growing body of scientists who are not satisfied with the seductive--and fraudulent--message that the evolutionists have been peddling.

But what can one expect of a left-leaning vegetarian? If you still believe that "God is a Moderate," think again.

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