There are times when you read something so brilliant that your whole brain experiences a revolution. We just had one of those times, and we’d like to share it with you. It happened while reading an amazing article at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
Their article is titled Without God, Math Doesn’t Make Sense, and it was written by Dr. Dana Sneed. Their bio page about her says: “Dr. Dana Sneed is a curriculum writer and editor for Answers in Genesis. She earned her PhD in education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.” Here are some excerpts from her article, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Most people believe math to be a non-biased subject. There is no interpretation of evidence or analyzation of literary devices. It doesn’t matter what your worldview is: 2 + 2 = 4. But if we treat math merely as a tool, we miss an incredible opportunity to honor the Creator.
Ooooooooooooh! We wanna know more! Dana says:
If the universe were the result of chance, random processes [Yuk!], why would we expect there to be order and consistency? It is due to the unchanging nature of our eternal Creator that we can understand the predictable nature of our universe.
Ooooooooooooh! She’s right! After that heavenly revelation, Dana tells us:
Math is predictable because our God, who upholds the universe (Hebrews 1:3), is consistent — he does not change (Malachi 3:6). In fact, we see the foundation of math in Genesis 1, when God counted the days of creation and marked the beginning of time.
Ooooooooooooh! Dana continues:
The concept of infinity or even irrational numbers (that have decimal places that continue on into infinity) remind us that God is beyond measure (Psalm 147:5); infinity can only exist because God is infinite. Math, like operational science, depends on the uniformity of universal laws and the certainty of absolute truths, which depend on the God of truth (Isaiah 65:16).
Ooooooooooooh! Let’s read on, as Dana tells us how math should be taught:
The truth is that no curricula is without bias. [And all creationists am grammarians!] Before the material was assembled, the writer had a purpose in mind. No matter the subject, the writer approached the content with a worldview that influences his or her understanding of the topic. Without a correct view of the Creator God described in the Bible, the writer cannot adequately explain why math exists or why we can trust it is true. But when we start with the Bible, we can make sense of the most foundational concepts of mathematics.
Ooooooooooooh! All math classes should begin with the bible. Another excerpt:
If you are thinking about selecting a homeschool math curriculum [Who isn’t?], consider the opportunity you have to show your student how God’s Word is foundational to every aspect of life — or to learn (or even relearn) math yourself in light of the One who created it. Rather than reinforce the idea that math is merely a tool [Yuk!], inspire your child to celebrate our Creator by discovering how math reflects the nature and character of God.
Dana’s final paragraph tells you about some bible-oriented math texts that are available at Hambo’s book store. If you’re interested — and who isn’t? — click on over to Homeschool Math Curriculum and take a look. When you buy, tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya!
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