Humanism in the Science Classroom
Updated: Jun 27
“I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level—preschool, day care, or large state university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism.”
The above quote is perhaps one of the most open and honest quotes I have ever read from a Humanist. Very few Humanists are willing to admit that there is an overwhelming agenda in our school systems to teach a religion: the religion of Humanism. The Humanism agenda in schools is usually called something else in our society: “science.”
Here is a list of common beliefs that are taught in school:
All time, matter, and space came into existence about 13.7 billion years ago through a “Big Bang.”
Stars formed over billions of years from collapsing gas clouds.
Stars exploded and formed heavier elements which eventually formed into planetary material.
The earth was formed about 4.5 billion years ago through the aforementioned random processes.
Life evolved from non-life billions of years ago.
Single-celled organisms somehow evolved into multi-celled organisms, eventually leading to plants, animals, and even Man.
Dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago through a cataclysmic meteor impact.
Humans are evolved from ape-like creatures.
There is one common problem with each one of these claims: they are all based in faith as opposed to observable science.
Those claims can be categorized into the type of science called “historical science.” This is the type of science that makes inferences about the past based on circumstantial evidence in the present. For example, rock layers and fossils exist in the present. In order to come up with ideas about the past, scientists have to interpret the rock layers and fossils. Although the secular stories and theories about the past may be long and elaborate, they cannot be tested! How do we supposedly know that life evolved from non-life billions of years ago? How do we supposedly know that the dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago? How do we supposedly know that humans evolved from ape-like creatures? The truth is, we don’t. We do not have a time machine to go back in time in order to test our conclusions. We cannot truly implement the “scientific method” in regards to historical science.
In other words, nobody has ever observed or truly verified any of the claims listed above. Therefore, the Humanist story of origins is not "science," but faith. In fact, it is a blind faith. I will continue to write about the blind faith of Humanism in upcoming blog posts.
. “99 Quotable Quotes,” Answers in Genesis, 24 November 1998, https://answersingenesis.org/theory-of-evolution/quotes/99-quotable-quotes/.