During the past 50 years a large number of historians, educators and church leaders have come to the conclusion that it is possible to accept both Darwinian evolution and orthodox Christianity. Increasingly, millions of pupils in our high schools and colleges (even elementary schools) are offered unauthenticated, fantastic statements in textbooks dealing with the history of civilization. Their instructors appear convinced that the undermining of respect for the Christian faith in the public schools is in accordance with the “blessings of liberty” mentioned in the national Constitution. But when a Christian point of view is presented, a terrible roar of protest arises. Atheists and infidels allege that the First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits even the support of the famous statement in our Declaration of Independence to the effect that all men have been created free and equal. They would also abolish the maxim of the grand old men who founded our Republic: “In God we trust.”
Fusing Fact And Fiction
One problem arises when scientific theories are so interwoven with facts that the student accepts both as truth.
An example of this destructive approach, tantamount to an attack upon the orthodox Christian faith, is found in a textbook by Professor O. Harold King of Miami University entitled A History of Civilization: The Story of Our Heritage. Thousands of boys and girls from fine Christian homes have read: “Their (the scientists’) theory of the development … begins with the common ancestor of monkeys, apes and men—the first primate whose nearest equivalent today is Tarsius.” This remarkable animal “still lives.” Farther on more fiction is presented as absolute truth: “Then occurred an interlude in which man’s ancestor displayed ...1
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