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Click here for the original source of this great article by Ken Ham – a Facebook note. Ken’s Facebook note is followed by many insightful reader comments.

WARNING ALL HOMESCHOOLERS
by Ken Ham (Notes) on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 8:19am

Recently I wrote a blog about Dr. Peter Enns who was speaking at the Homeschool conference in South Carolina, and will also be speaking in Cincinnati and Pennsylvania where I will be speaking.  Check out the previous blog at:  http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2011/03/15/another-compromiser-speaking-at-homeschool-conventions/

Well, Jay Wile, also well known in Homeschool circles wrote a blog very critical of me for doing that:

http://blog.drwile.com/?p=4602

And on March 18, Jay Wile wrote a glowing report on Dr. Peter Enns:

http://blog.drwile.com/?p=4621

I would encourage you all to be like the Bereans in Acts 17, and carefully check out what Peter Enns teaches versus Scripture.  To do this, I suggest you go to the Biologos website–Peter Enns works with the Biologos Foundation.  Now be warned–this is a very liberal site–in fact, it is an organization set up to try to get the church believe in evolution and millions of years.  However, it is much more than this–if you read many of the articles and their answers to questions you will find them basically shaking their fist at God’s Word–it is a site that undermines dreadfully the authority of Scripture.  Don’t be led astray–but read for yourself at:

http://www.biologos.org/

Check out my previous blogs on Biologos at:

http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2009/08/15/what-are-nazarene-students-being-taught/

Here is just one of many examples of Peter Enns rejecting the plain teaching of the Bible and undermining God’s Word–He totally rejects a worldwide Flood: (Note that ultimately, it is because of what he calls the ‘geological record, at least as interpreted by mainstream scientists,’ that he rejects a literal Genesis-not just the Flood, but a literal Adam etc as you will find in his other writings).

“…It is virtually certain that one or more local floods in Mesopotamia—perhaps around 3000 B.C. according to some scholars—provide the historical basis for all the flood stories that come from that area. But the geological record, at least as interpreted by mainstream scientists, discounts any notion of a “worldwide” flood that killed every single creature on earth, save a few (Genesis 6:7; 7:21-23), a few thousand years ago.”

“…To interpret the Genesis flood as a complete global catastrophe is a modern imposition onto an ancient story. Ancients simply did not think of the earth in that way. This is where “Flood Geology” gets off on the wrong foot. Apart from the well-documented scientific problems with this approach, it expects a worldview that Genesis is not prepared to deliver.”

“…The presence of flood stories from various time periods in other parts of the ancient world (e.g., Asian, European, Mayan) does not support a global flood, as some Christian apologists try to argue. These stories simply reflect the ubiquity of floods in antiquity and the devastation that massive ones would bring. The fact that the world flood stories are so different from each other reflects how each culture told the story of their local floods in their own way.”

“…For both contextual and scientific reasons, the biblical flood story is clearly not a statement of vital historical information. It is a powerful expression of theological identity among the other peoples of the world”

Note he is saying that a literal Genesis is an ‘hypothesis.’

“…A position that claims the necessity of historicity throughout Genesis is not the default position of faith. It is an hypothesis, as much as any other, only without much explanatory force given the current state of knowledge.”

To attempt to overcome the fact that the New Testament in a number of places (eg 2 Peter 3) refers to the Flood as obviously a literal global event (and Jesus refers to the Flood as a literal event eg: Matthew 24), he states this:

“To nip in the bud a predictable objection: the slippery slope argument does not hold here. To say that the flood story is fundamentally more story than history does not mean that the crucifixion and resurrection are also unhistorical. Genesis and the Gospels are different types of literature written at very different times for very different reasons. Failing to make such basic genre distinction is perhaps at the root of some of the conflict over Genesis.”

He recognizes that the if one rejects a literal Genesis, and because the New Testament writers refer to events in Genesis over and over again, then if one rejects Genesis, why not the resurrection.  Well, right now he seems to accept the resurrection–but the next logical step is to reject this as literal, regardless of what he says.

By the way, the first time the gospel is preached in Genesis is Genesis 3:15–so I guess the gospel is not to be taken literally???

So sad–that this sort of teaching is now infiltrating the Homeschool movement.  Peter Enns is involved (along with Susan Wise Bauer) is involved with the very liberal Biologos group and involved in now producing Bible curriculum for Homeschools.  So please be warned.

Ken

FOR FURTHER READING

Christine Pack, Answers in Genesis Kicked Out of Homeschooling Conferences (04/01/2011)

Ken Ham, Peter Enns – Mutilating God’s Word (12/14/2012)

Ken Ham, Enns Continues to Promote Heresy –  Sponsored by a Baptist Church (04/20/2013)

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(revised 01/24/14)

Years ago I had the misfortune of attending public schools. In high school, we were taught evolution, and only evolution. No Creation Science was discussed, no Intelligent Design, nothing but pagan Darwinianism. Very few students complained or protested, and very few parents at the time homeschooled. So we settled uneasily for evolution without alternative.

Today we are blessed to have other options. Christian homeschooling parents can teach their children the Truth, the facts about Creation, with total religious freedom (for now, at least, in the U.S.).

But Christian parents beware. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find Christian homeschool curricula which take a hardline stance against evolution and for the Truth. Which is, I believe, Young Earth Creation (YEC).

(image source: http://www.motherjones.com/files/legacy/mojoblog/creation_museum.jpg)

I came across several articles which reveal what some “Christian” homeschool publishers are now providing as alternatives to YEC.  {I have emphasized certain points by bolding, and inserted comments in [brackets].) In an 04/29/13 Christianity Today article, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra wrote:

Christian homeschool science textbooks have long taught young earth creationism (YEC) almost exclusively. But observers say a growing number of parents want texts that also teach evolution. Some of these parents still believe in a young earth, says [BioLogos] program director Kathryn Applegate, but they want their children exposed to different perspectives. [BioLogos is extremely liberal.]

“Homeschooling has broadened so much, and now includes ,” said homeschool pioneer Susan Wise Bauer, a history professor at Virginia’s College of William and Mary. [Bauer is also extremely liberal.] “Also, there are a lot of younger evangelicals who have come to a different way of understanding Genesis, while still holding [on to their] evangelical roots.”

Numbers on the trend are hard to pin down. Still, BioLogos president Deborah Haarsma says that it’s “fairly common” for homeschooling families to request materials from her organization, which promotes theistic evolution. [Parents, take note – theistic evolution is heretical; do not order materials of any kind from this “Christian” organization.] Some of these parents still believe in a young earth, says program director Kathryn Applegate, but they want their children exposed to different perspectives. [If these parents “still believe in a young earth”, why are they giving their hard earned money for materials that blatantly espouse theistic evolution?]

American Scientific Affiliation

Doug Hayworth, coordinator of homeschool science resources for the American Scientific Affiliation, agrees. Inquiries to his Christian association reveal not a wave of old-earth converts, but instead frustrated young-earth believers who believe that “the standard [YEC] curricula … are very strident,” said Hayworth, who homeschools. “They’re looking for some advice.” [Again, I question the real beliefs of these parents. “Strident” – according to Merriam-Webster – is defined as “characterized by harsh, insistent, and discordant sound <a strident voice>; also : commanding attention by a loud or obtrusive quality.” What exactly is it about the Truth that they consider strident?]

Interesting. In an article entitled Weighing in on Ken Ham, Peter Enns and Jay Wile – Hayworth gives a great description of the “Christian evolution” conflict between these three men. But note this excerpt which shows ASA does not hold a YEC-only position: “…we do not promote only one specific position on science and faith topics. Although many ASA members have views akin to those of the BioLogos Foundation (some individual are members of both organizations), we represent a broad range of denominations, scientific disciplines and views of biblical interpretation in relation to science. This differentiates our mission from BioLogos’s mission. “ [I’m not sure how this makes ASA any better than BioLogos. Both question the validity of the YEC view – which is what counts.]

Sonlight Curriculum

Back to the Christianity Today article, which states:

Sonlight Curriculum is an exception [to the YEC-only curricula]. It offers a diversity of homeschool curricula that allow parents to teach various theories of origins. “The YEC position is strong and ingrained in the homeschool movement,” said Sonlight president Sarita Holzmann, who homeschools her children and believes in a young earth. “That might be to our detriment.” She says students need to be able to evaluate different positions.”

But does Sonlight hold strongly to the YEC position, as Sarita Holzmann claims that she believes? No! Check out this blog by “Robert”: Do Christian Homeschoolers “Embrace” Evolution?  Robert is connected with Sonlight. He never comes out and condemns “Christian” evolutionary theories. And this detailed article by Sonlight co-president John Holzmann (Sarita’s husband) questions whether we can even know that YEC is true.

This excerpt from Robert’s Sonlight blog does provide further leads concerning the views of several other Christian organizations (which perhaps publish homeschool curricula):

“Obviously, Christians reject non-theistic evolution because by definition that view excludes the supernatural and, with it, God.

But what about the other options? Young-earth creationism is promoted by organizations such as Answers in Genesis, old-earth creationism is held by Reasons to Believe, while theistic evolution is the view of Biologos. In addition, the Discovery Institute promotes what it calls Intelligent Design, which claims to remain neutral on the question of old versus young earth, but opposes theistic evolution and non-theistic evolution.”

BioLogos projects

Again, let’s look at the Christianity Today article. Here we find another red flag regarding BioLogos. Remember, BioLogos promotes theistic evolution:

With a recent grant from BioLogos, Turner and colleague Brian Eisenback, a biology professor, are writing a textbook that discusses the history of the science of origins, as well as different positions scientists have taken on Genesis and origins. They will include material on YEC, evolutionary creationism, intelligent design, and atheistic evolution.

And yet another red flag:

A similar BioLogos project is underway at Wheaton College, where five professors are working on a textbook covering the current scientific consensus on origins. [Will this textbook favor or oppose this “consensus”? Knowing that BioLogos favors theistic evolution, I’m guessing this upcoming “Christian” textbook will favor evolution-in-general.]

Sadly, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra’s Christianity Today article does not condemn any “Christian” homeschooling publisher for pushing theistic evolution.

Besides BioLogos, I hope to locate other “Christian” homeschool publishers which are pushing theistic evolution and other non-YEC theories as the Truth. And mark my word, theistic evolution is an evolutionary theory; it is not Creation. Click here for one of many Christian discernment articles blasting theistic evolution as evolution-in-disguise.

Bottom line – It is an honorable thing for Christian homeschool publishers to prepare students for the world’s evolutionary arguments, by warning them about evolutionary theories.  (To its credit, the Christianity Today article does mention this practice of warning children.) But beware “Christian” homeschool publishers which cast doubt on YEC and discuss alternatives to YEC, claiming that an evolutionary alternative may be the truth.

FOR FURTHER READING

Articles exposing BioLogos publisher as being liberal:

Homeschool Controversy: Anti-Bible, Bible Curriculum! – This article mentions the liberal BioLogos publisher, as well as the liberal Peacehill Press. An excerpt: “I have watched anti-Bible books  infiltrate and grow in the homeschool movement over the years. Satan does not want us to teach our children truth. What better place to attack the Christians than to get to homeschool teachers. We are training the next Christian generation.”

Henry Morris III, An Inconvenient Truth – This article provides a good introduction to the various views of creation and evolution. Also, Dr. Morris mentions BioLogos.

Articles FAVORING the new wave of Christian homeschool textbooks including evolutionary theories:

List of BioLogos articles mentioning homeschooling

Evolution and Christianity: 1. Christian homeschooling parents dismayed by creationist textbooks, accommodationist books on the way

Peter Enns (a founder of BioLogos), Not All Homeschoolers Think Adam Had a Pet Dinosaur, Which is Good

David R. Wheeler, Old Earth, Young Minds: Evangelical Homeschoolers Embrace Evolution

The Old-Earth Christian homeschooling vacuum

Forum discussion: Books on creation, progressive creationism, and theistic evolution

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[“homeschool” “evolution” “publishers”]

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[“homeschool convention” “evolution”]

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