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1 Mary Poplin Apologetics Canada Abbotsville, Northview Community Church March 7, 2015 PICKING THROUGH THE RUBBLE OF CONTEMPORARY EDUCATION

2 PREPARE THEM BEFORE THEY WALK THROUGH THE GATES

3 WORLDVIEWS - OPERATING SYSTEMS OF THE MIND

4 FOUR GLOBAL WORLDVIEWS Secular Material Naturalism Physical Sciences Secular Humanism Social Sciences & Arts/Humanities Spiritual Pantheism Monotheism (Judeo-Christianity)

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6 THE SECULAR WV CLAIMS Neutral Safer Necessary Unbiased More reasonable Global More progressive

7 SECULAR NARRATIVE ABOUT RELIGION Faith and feelings for those who need Optional, personal choice Private, not public Dangerous Not related to truth or knowledge Not relevant to work

8 MATERIAL NATURALISM

9 FAITH OF MATERIAL NATURALISM SCIENTISM Matter Energy Laws and processes Including human consciousness, conscience, love, intuition, religious belief (moral molecule).

10 SCIENTISM’S LIMITS The accepted methodology of science begins only AFTER the identification of natural phenomena and thus can only state facts about those observations and interactions.

11 FIVE DISTINCT VIEWS OF ORIGINS 1. naturalistic evolution 2. theistic evolution 3. intelligent design 4.old-earth special creation 5. young-earth special creation

12 PRACTICE OF EVERYDAY SCIENCE Variety of Origins Beliefs

13 MATERIALISM – LIMITATIONS No miraculous No Meta-Ethic or Moral Compass No answers for life’s biggest questions No accountability for one’s actions

14 SECULAR HUMANISM

15 MAN MAKES HIMSELF AND HIS WORLD Albin Polasek

16 The social, historical, cultural, gendered, class, or individual construction of meanings TRUTH VERSUS

17 Secular Humanism RADICAL INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM

18 CONUNDRUM OF CONFLICTING FREEDOMS Freedom is a term that inspires respect, even reverence. In the abstract, everyone admires it.... [However,] an expansion of one person’s freedom often means a contraction of other people’s freedom: if we recognize and protect the freedom of the pornographer to market pornographic materials, we simultaneously reduce the freedom of people to live and raise their children in a pornographic-free community. Steven Smith -

19 Tolerance must accept the fact of overlapping consensus. John Rawls TOLERANCE AS A TWO WAY STREET

20 SECULAR HUMANISM IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES Romanticism Marxism, Communism Critical Theories Existentialism/Nihilism Postmodernism Political Secularisms Cultural/Gender Studies Psychoanalysis Behaviorism Humanistic Psychology Cognitive Psychology Positive Psychology

21 Finding Moral Truth in Human Dialogue Totalitarian Regimes Democracy Executive Orders and Legislatures Media Campaigns Conundrums Of Secular Humanism

22 The existence or nonexistence of consensus has no obvious relevance to the question of... justification.... The standard example is pertinent here: if a global consensus through much of the world’s history regarded slavery as acceptable, was the consensus correct? Steven Smith

23 SIN MISSING THE MARK OF HUMAN FLOURISHING “so that it will go well for you”

24 Good and evil both increase at compound interest. C S Lewis

25 MEDIA AND UNIVERSITY CHANGE PUBLIC OPINION VIA LANGUAGE The redefinition begins with a linguistic assault. Words like “crazy” and “deeply disturbed” once were connected to suicide. Today they have been replaced with words like “dignity” and “autonomy” while those who oppose... are stigmatized as “zealots.” Anne Hendershott

26 PANTHEISM SPIRITUAL BUT NOT RELIGIOUS

27 DESIRE AND SUFFERING TO RID Blocks enlightenment Leads to suffering Avoid suffering Four noble truths – Misery Comes from desires within Can be eliminated Follow particular path TO REDEEM Right and wrong desires Forms basis of life purpose Suffering rightly builds character God gives humans desires of hearts Redeem/transform the wrong 1Jn 1:9

28 SPIRITUAL TRANSACTIONS IN NATIONS, NATURE AND PEOPLE Deities reside in a Mandala’s Palace to invoke the divine energies of particular deities, spirits and energies in particular geographic regions.

29 SPIRITUAL LAWS – C. KRAFT There are dispensers of spiritual power. There is close relationship between spiritual and human realms. There is a major difference between God and other less powerful spirits. Authority and power flow from allegiances, relationships & obedience. Cultural forms can be spiritually empowered. Territories and organizations subject to spiritual power

30 WORLDVIEW COMPARISONS TO CHRISTIANITY All begin with a faith statement All hold some principles of Judeo-Christianity All hold some principles outside of JC Christian principles beyond the secular Unifying Higher rationality

31 GOD JESUSHOLY SPIRIT

32 SECULARISM CONSEQUENCES ON UNIVERSITY Poorly educated - 95% world believes Not free, open marketplace of ideas Denial of diversity and pluralism Reduction of free speech Loss of religious/moral knowledge

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34 Arguments Against Naturalistic & Theistic Evolution Transitional Forms Cambrian Explosion Mutations Common Descent or Common Design

35 COUNTER ARGUMENT FOR EVOLUTION ACROSS SPECIES Genetic Similarities (humans and chimps 95% similar DNA) Junk DNA left over from earlier forms or body plans Common Descent and archeology (Tree of Life)

36 ZUCKERMAN- SOCIETY W/O GOD BETTER? Denmark, 1960 100, 000 crimes 300,000 on welfare 1970 Divorce 18% In 2000 13% population increase 500,000 crimes 900,000 on welfare 2002 Divorce 37%

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