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Atlanta’s Apologist Examiner Calls for Christian Education. I Disagree.

Atlanta Christian Apologetics Examiner Terrence Albritton has penned an exhortation to good Christians to consider religious education “an order,” not “a luxury.”  This is not an uncommon belief, especially among evangelicals and the far right.  It is also a major point of contention for many non-believers, who claim that (1) religious “education” is really a euphemism for indoctrination and scare tactics, and (2) Christian education doesn’t achieve measurably better societal or individual goals.

It seems that the children we are trying to reach today are moving to (sic!) quickly through their childhood.  They are rapidly developing in all areas of their lives.

This may seem self-evident and compelling, but it is a scare tactic targetting parents.  While it’s true — and scary — that there are a lot of things happening in our schools that were unthinkable a generation ago, it’s not necessarily indicative of “growing up too fast.”  What does that phrase even mean?  The median age of first marriage in the U.S. in 2010 was over 26 years for women and 28 for men.  In 1950 it was 20 and 22, respectively.  So it’s not talking about “adult responsibilities.”  Until 1938, children were assuming jobs as pre-adolescents, sometimes working sixteen hours a day or more.  So it’s not about working for a living, either.

It’s more likely that “growing up too fast” is referring to more “Christian” issues.  Specifically, children are becoming “sexual beings” at very young ages, and are exploring dangerous ideas like premarital sex and homosexuality.  If that is what Mr. Albritton is referring to, then there is a very strong argumentagainst Christian education.  It doesn’t work.

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3 thoughts on “Atlanta’s Apologist Examiner Calls for Christian Education. I Disagree.

  1. Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.’s imperialist, terrorist holy war. The conservative ideology has never helped mankind in any way, it has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed all those in it’s way to gain power. History shows us this. Fact shows us this.

    James Madison, the “Father of the U.S. Constitution”, along with many founders of this country, regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliations, knew keeping politics and religion separate not only preserves each, but helps them flourish: “The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the
    Church and the State.”

    I tell every one to support those who fight for ‘Separation of Church and State’. These are a few I’ve been supporting for years;

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State: http://www.au.org/

    Freedom From Religion Foundation: http://ffrf.org/

    Military Religious Freedom Foundation: http://www.militaryreligiousfreedom.org/

    The Interfaith Alliance Foundation: http://www.interfaithalliance.org/

    Posted by cpmondello | May 27, 2011, 6:59 am
  2. CPMONDELLO says:
    “Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free”

    PG says:
    CP, Sounds like you want to “Fire up the ovens”. Apparently you dont realize that 76% of the American population identify themselves as Christian’s. They are already the happy and free majority. So we can easily conclude that they want you to fuck off and remember that Jesus loves you…

    Posted by PG | June 1, 2011, 1:33 am
  3. Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free…

    Wow! Talk about self-defeating statements…

    As PG has already pointed out, the majority of Americans identify themselves as conservative and Christian, so what cpmondello is really saying is, “the only way for ‘all’ Americans to be ‘free’ is to eliminate the majority of them!!!

    “Fire up the ovens”, indeed!

    Reminds me of a line from the M*A*S*H TV show (paraphrase from memory)…

    Never have so many suffered so much so that so few could be so happy!

    In all seriousness, it is precisely this kind of elitist zeal that represents the real threat to our society.

    Posted by CB | June 1, 2011, 9:47 am

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