The Big History Project is described in Wikipedia like this:
[It was] started by Bill Gates and David Christian to enable the global teaching of Big History. Big History “is the attempt to understand, in a unified way, the history of Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity.” It is a course that covers history from the big bang through to the present in an interdisciplinary way. The Big History Project “is dedicated to fostering a greater love and capacity for learning among high school students”.
It has its own website: Big History Project, where you can see it free, online, but it looks like you have to register. Even without registering, the information at their website is interesting.
As you might imagine, any history course that starts with the Big Bang is going to upset Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the on-line ministry Answers in Genesis (AIG), and the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Hambo has a new article at his blog that expresses his indignation: Bill Gates Promoting False History. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Well, there’s another new curriculum that’s encouraging compromise — but this one is being supported by software billionaire Bill Gates. Gates, who has backed the controversial Common Core curriculum, is helping David Christian (a historian) promote Christian’s “Big History” curriculum … . And unlike typical history curriculums [sic] that start with recorded history, “Big History” starts at what David Christian considers the beginning: 13.7 billion years ago.
This is an outrage! No wonder ol’ Hambo seems to be red in the face and foaming at the mouth. Let’s read on:
Of course, this totally contradicts the biblical timeline. When we calculate the ages mentioned in the genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11 as well as the time that has passed from Christ until today, we find that the universe is only about 6,000 years old. There’s quite a difference between 13,700,000,000 years and 6,000 years!
Yes, quite a difference. Somebody is wrong — terribly wrong — and Hambo knows he’s the one who’s right. He continues:
… David Christian considers the Bible’s account of creation to be a “myth.” And yet he wants to answer questions for students such as, “What does it mean to be human? Who am I? Where do I belong? What is the totality of which I am a part?”
The one place where we can find answers to these questions is Scripture — but “Big History” dismisses God’s Word in favor of evolutionary ideas. So how does David Christian plan to answer these questions? I would submit that he can’t answer them — at least not without actually drawing on scriptural principles.
Right! All the answers are in the Good Book. Everything else is a lie. Here’s more:
The evolutionary worldview can’t provide humanity with a sense of purpose or hope. Instead, evolutionary ideas teach that human beings came about by chance processes, and that when man dies, that’s it! There is no hope of salvation . . . no life after death . . . nothing.
Egad — how bleak and horrible! Hambo rants on for a bit, and then he ends up urging us to pray.
Poor ol’ Hambo. Things were already looking bad for his grandiose plans to build a replica of Noah’s Ark, and he’s had to deal with news stories about other financial problems — see Ken Ham Keeps Getting Pounded. Now he’s got Bill Gates to worry about. He’s having a bad day. Actually, he’s been having quite a lot of them.
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