This is a Science Textbook?
Education is everything, and teaching our children not only the facts, but how to determine fact from fiction is crucial for our world. Science and technology basics are some of the more important aspects of a good education, and teaching the scientific method at an early age can help establish a lifetime of good thinking.
But there are some enemies of accepted scientific fact out there, and like the falsehoods told in The Green Dragon, they wish to get their dirty hands on the children of this world and fill them with fictions based around their own agendas.
I know nothing about the group calling themselves BJU Press, but I can be by their byline, “Christ-centered resources for education, edification,& evangelism” that any material they have on their website is going to be hopelessly biased, and probably factually incorrect. But before I make this judgement let’s have a look at a sample chapter of a book called “Science 4 (2nd ed.)” and see what we can see.
Let’s start with the Table of Contents (You can click on any of these spreads to get a bigger image.)
Okay nothing wrong here, as you would expect with any science primer, there is a bit of information on a broad topic. Let’s move on shall we, to the chapter called The History of Moon.
This is where it becomes immediately apparent that this book has a biblical agenda, opening with a paragraph from the Bible itself Genesis 1:16. Sewing seeds of doubt about science right here off the bat, this book seeks to discredit science by saying we shouldn’t trust what we see, hear and know, but what we feel. In a “Checkmate Atheists!” moment, the book denies we can know anything about the moon because nobody was there to witness the formation of the moon, then continues: “What anyone believes about the beginning of things rests on faith, not science.” Hmmmm, compelling… Let’s move on shall we?
So we have established that we know nothing, so let’s back up our ignorance of everything with some concrete facts shall we? These pages talk about how if you believe the bible then everything is explained by the “Creation Model”, but the “Evolutionists” use the “Evolutionary Model” to explain how everything got here. Including the moon. Yes, the moon evolved. Like a Pokemon. It then goes into a few very boring pages about the “three guesses by evolutionists about how the moon began.”
So after all those lies told to us by “Evolutionists”, we now come to the part that tells us what really happened. Well the short answer is: It just happened. Yep that’s right, god literally said something and the moon JUST APPEARED from literally nothing. Well, smack me pink and all me a chimpanzee, if that ain’t nifty! Let’s move on…
The next section concentrates on how we can know the age of the moon. It explains how “Evolutionists” go to great painstaking lengths of billions of years to allow for the moon to “happen by chance”. The Creationists model is much simpler, requires no thinking and proves that the moon is as young as 10,000 years old. Nice haircut too. The equation on page 10 is proof that the moon is young, because, just like your mantelpiece at home, the dust build-up on the moon isn’t deep enough to account for an old moon. If the moon WERE old, the dust buildup would be about a kilometer thick! Next proof please!
Now they ask “Why are the moon?” and come up with some pretty good answers. A: Because God did it. B: Because the night would be too dark for owls and moths without it. And C: Because God did it. See? Makes perfect sense! They round off this page by saying something along the lines of “If things were different, then things wouldn’t be as they are now.” Infallible logic.
Now let’s do an experiment. Why does the moon move? And How can we use the moon to tell time? Okay great, on we go.
HOLY CRAP WHAT JUST HAPPENED? The book has gone all dark! I’m scared! You’ll know that it’s the end of the universe when the sun is darkened and the moon is blood red… kinda like… AN ECLIPSE? Well of course it won’t be an eclipse though, it will be a special eclipse… But wait, when did this book change from being a book about the moon, to being a book about the end of the world? In any case, Jesus will come back then the sky is darkened, and all will be just hunky-dory. And when the moon finally pops out of existence, along with the sun, light will be provided by God and his pet lamb.
Well I hope you found this science class as informative as I did. I never knew how wrong a person could be until I read this book, and this really does change everything. </sarcasm>
In reality, there are people who are using books like this to teach their children about the world and the universe, and it can be nothing if not harmful. It’s this kind of ignorance, lies and distortions of the facts that makes the children of today susceptible to being the dumbest and most ill informed generation ever. We have to fight against ignorance like this, whether it comes from a religion or a cult, or a political agenda. This book is an insult to humanity.
I give it five stars for the laughs.