Wikipedia’s article on Religion offers many definitions. Here are a few:
A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. Many religions have narratives, symbols, and sacred histories that aim to explain the meaning of life, the origin of life, or the Universe. From their beliefs about the cosmos and human nature, people may derive morality, ethics, religious laws, or a preferred lifestyle.
Many religions may have organized behaviors, clergy, a definition of what constitutes adherence or membership, holy places, and scriptures. The practice of a religion may include rituals, sermons, commemoration or veneration (of a deity, gods, or goddesses), sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, initiations, funerary services, matrimonial services, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture. Religions may also contain mythology.
There are numerous definitions of religion and only a few are stated here. The typical dictionary definition of religion refers to a “belief in, or the worship of, a god or gods” or the “service and worship of God or the supernatural”. However, writers and scholars have expanded upon the “belief in god” definitions as insufficient to capture the diversity of religious thought and experience.
It’s a fuzzy concept, but not without meaning. Okay, here’s the big question: Is science a religion? Most people would immediately say “no,” but that’s not the opinion of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Hambo just posted this to his blog: No Religion In School . . . Except . . .. He begins by discussing a controversy in Tennessee, where:
In a response to alleged Islamic teaching in public schools, a “Tennessee state legislator has proposed a state law that would prevent public schools from teaching anything about religious principles until students reach the 10th grade.”
Then Hambo asks:
But if this bill were to become law, would this actually stop schools from teaching religious principles before the 10th grade? No!
After that, he explains why, in his opinion, what he considers religion would nevertheless be taught in public schools. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
You see, from very early grades right until they graduate, students in public schools are learning the “religious principles” of the secular religion!
Oooooooooooh — the secular religion! Let’s read on:
Public schools are not neutral. As Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew 12:30). There is no neutrality.
Got that? No neutrality! Hambo continues:
Students in government-run schools are being thoroughly educated in religion — the secular religion of naturalism. Evolution and millions of years are the major principles of this religion.
Huh? Where’s the supernatural element in evolution? Where are the scriptures, the holy places, the rituals, sacrifices, festivals, feasts, trances, prayers, and all the rest? Here’s more:
The public school textbooks often define science as explaining things only by natural processes and that supernatural explanations are not allowed to be a part of science. Naturalism is really atheism!
Aaaargh!! We’ve been through this “not allowed” stuff before. Science doesn’t work with supernatural forces because they can’t be verifiably detected, measured, or tested. If it were otherwise, they would be part of science — see Bring Me An Angel Detector! Moving along:
Now if the students are taught there is no Creator, then there are no moral absolutes and man makes the rules. Of course, this is exactly the kind of morality — a secular morality — that is being taught in public schools. It’s a secular religion that is being taught to millions of students without them even knowing it.
Aaaargh!! How does Hambo leap from the inability of science to work with supernatural forces to actually teaching students that there is no creator? In Hambo’s world, if you don’t include a creator in science class, you’re teaching atheism. Another excerpt:
So if this proposed bill passes, will the students actually not learn religious principles until they get to grade 10? Of course not! They will continue to learn religious principles from the secular religion, just as they have for years.
It’s an outrage! And look at the results! According to Hambo:
Sadly, generations of students have been indoctrinated with naturalistic beliefs that reject God’s Word, and the fruit of this is seen in our nation in abortion, gay “marriage,” gender confusion, racism, and so much more. In essence (except for the minority of Christian teachers in the system), public schools are, in reality, churches of atheism.
Egad — science is causing everyone to be gay! One more excerpt:
We are in a spiritual battle right now for the hearts and minds of our young people. It is so vital that we raise our children with a biblical worldview so that they know that God’s Word is their authority and so they can judge everything by that standard.
The rest of Hambo’s post is a promotion for his books. Well, dear reader, whatcha gonna do? According to Hambo, you’re either with Jesus or you’re against him. You’ve got some decisions to make.
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