C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Atheism or Anti-Theism Taught In The Classroom?


We seem to hear a lot about “separation of church and state” and about how we need to keep religion and Christianity to ourselves or in the privacy of our own homes, but interestingly Scholastic would like to introduce the concept of The Golden Compass: Language Arts Lessons & Activities to our children through their teachers.

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[http://content.scholastic.com/browse/unitplan.jsp?id=284]





Welcome Teachers! We hope you enjoy this language arts program featuring The Golden Compass, the soon-to-be-released film based on the multi-award-winning novel by Philip Pullman. You’ll find turnkey, skill-building materials on symbolism and characterization that help students understand the relevance of literary themes in their lives. The lessons and activities, while connected to the book and film, can be taught independently to supplement any language arts curriculum.





Here are some SparkNotes concerning the book:
[http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/hisdarkmaterials/summary.html]

Now, let’s recount what the author said himself about these books:
"My books are about killing God"

So, let me ask…

We should not allow the teaching of how great God is in school, but the reading and teaching of the “symbolism and characterization” of killing God should be allowed?

Is this because the Scriptures are a work of fact, and His Dark Materials are a work of fiction?

3 comments:

BEAST said...

Tim

The Golden Compass is a novel, and as literature there is no reason why it should not be introduced into classrooms.

As a matter of fact, I wouldn't mind if schools teach the bible, if only from a historical analysis on how inaccurate bibles are, and how those uneducated baffoons who write these holey scribes tend to be ignorant of almost everything they write.

As for "killing God", the author talks about this hypothetical murder in a metaphorical manner, and in any case, since God does not exist, it is impossible to murder this deity in question.

As for the bible being "factual", historical evidence speaks volumes of the incredible inaccuracies of the Holy Babble.

Beast

BEAST said...

& one more thing: About not teaching children that god is great, I think that should be the way.

If God exists, he is either incompetent and downright cruel. Both traits are not becoming of a omnipotent and omniscient and omnipotent being.

Beast

Koinosuke said...

I am against censorship on principle. Both Narnia and His Dark Materials should be available to all.

John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.