The Facts or Fiction Conference was hosted by radio station WJQ at the Zeeland East High School in Zeeland, Michigan on Saturday, September 25, 2010. It was a very interesting and informational morning for attendees as four different speakers covered various topics in fast-paced PowerPoint presentations. I wrote as fast as I could without ending up with totally illegible notes, but unfortunately I could not get everything down. What I managed to get, however, I hope will serve as food for thought for those who take the time to read my reviews of the conference.
Starting off the conference was JQ morning show host Chris Danielson, who spoke on “If the Foundations Be Destroyed–The Facts of American History.” Chris started off his presentation with the mathematical equation of
2 + 2 = ? He went on to say that everyone knows that 2 + 2 has always equaled 4; but what if 2 + 2 had religious connotations, and someone did not like the number 4 and so decided to come up with a different answer to the equation? Suppose that the answer to 2 + 2 was changed to 9 in order to fit the “politically correct” viewpoint of the day. Everyone would then be taught to believe that 2 + 2 = 9, and over time, after hearing it over and over, people would finally accept that as the truth, even though in reality 2 + 2 = 4. Chris went on to point out that this is in fact what has happened over the years in the public schools regarding the teaching of the history of the United States, as well as the teaching of Darwin’s theory of evolution.
He went on to say that there are only two worldviews one can choose to ascribe to—secular humanism, or a Biblical worldview. According to secular humanism (upon which Darwinism is based), there was no perfect creation, no original sin which separated the human race from its Creator, and therefore no need for a Savior to restore the fallen human race to relationship with its Creator. Man evolved over millions of years and was not created in the image of God.
The Biblical worldview, by contrast, says that God created the world in a perfect state in six days, created mankind in His image, and created all creatures after their own kind. However, Adam and Eve’s sin brought separation between God and the human race and introduced death and decay into the picture, thus necessitating the coming of a Savior to restore what was broken by sin and death.
When the Puritans came here from the Old Country, they came with a Biblical worldview. When this country was founded, the Bible was part of the school curriculum; students were taught from a Biblical worldview. Schools such as Harvard and Yale were founded on Biblical principles and taught a Biblical worldview (that is obviously not the case today). However, as time went on, secular humanism was introduced by those such as Charles Darwin and John Dewey, among others.
As society has become more secular and humanistic in its thinking, our country’s history has been revised in the school textbooks, and students are no longer being taught the truth about the founding of the United States. This has also been true regarding the teaching of Darwin’s theory of evolution in science class. Evolution is no longer taught as just a theory, but as fact. And people have bought what they were taught without question; even those who were brought up with a Biblical world view have begun to swallow the politically correct humanistic worldview. When people are told something over and over for a long enough period of time, they start to believe it, even though it is not in fact true.
Revisionist history says that God and Christianity had little or nothing to do with the founding of the United States of America. However, the historical facts indicate otherwise. Some of the points Chris Danielson brought out are as follows:
The Declaration of Independence states that “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The founders of our country believed that our rights came from God, not from the state.
Ninety-three percent of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were professing Christians, and 95% of the authors of the Constitution were Christians.
In a May 1765 speech, Patrick Henry stated that “the United States was founded by Christians…. and the Gospel of Christ.” Ben Franklin proposed that Congress should open every session with prayer. On October 11, 1798, John Adams said that the Constitution “was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” When the Constitution was approved, he wrote to his wife Abigail, “The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.”
Thomas Jefferson used the Holy Bible to write the Washington D.C. public school curriculum. The King James Bible and the Commentary of English Law were the main reference sources cited by the framers of the U.S. Constitution. Christianity was influential in abolishing slavery in this country. Alexis de Toqueville from France said that Christianity and liberty are intimately linked in America.
The “separation of church and state” is nowhere to be found in the Constitution. What the Establishment Clause says is that the government cannot establish a state religion-in other words, tell people what to believe and how to worship. The Establishment Clause was meant to keep government out of church affairs, not the other way around. It was understood that Christian ideals would certainly influence the government. The Establishment Clause protects the freedom OF religion—it does not guarantee freedom FROM religion, as some people want to twist it to say.
In more recent times, Franklin Delano Roosevelt stated that “Freedom is the Christian ideal.” John F. Kennedy said that “Man’s rights come from the hand of God, not the government.” Ronald Reagan said that “without God, democracy cannot and will not endure.”
Government buildings all over the Washington, D.C. area testify to the Christian foundation of the United States. There are many scriptural references on memorials throughout the area, and the Washington Monument cornerstone contains copies of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Holy Bible. However, Chris also brought up examples of revision even in some of the historical displays, citing a display of FDR in which he is no longer portrayed sitting in his wheelchair with a cigarette in hand, and his wife Eleanor’s fox stole is no longer there either. He also cited a World War II memorial in which there is no mention of God.
Chris also brought out the fact that since 1963, when prayer was pushed out of public schools, creationism was replaced by Darwinism. Darwin’s theory of evolution is now taught as fact. Evolution, being a humanistic theory, is opposed to Christianity. Humanism seeks to destroy the pillars of Christianity by discounting the Genesis account of creation; discount Genesis, and the Gospel of Christ is also discounted. Discount the Gospel, and there is no salvation for anyone, which leads to a sense of no purpose in life, self-centered living, and despair.
Some of the social repercussions of the acceptance of secular humanism and Darwinism: increase in teenage suicides, increase in teen pregnancy and births, the drug culture, legalized abortion, broken families due to divorce, and increasing sexual immorality. It only stands to reason that when people do not believe in a Creator Who established moral values for us to follow, and Whom we are accountable to for our actions, then people tend to live as they please.
The church is also developing a more humanistic worldview with regard to evolution; as a result, over 80% of young people now leave the church when reaching their 20s and choose a secular worldview over a Biblical worldview (I have seen this firsthand among several young people I know who grew up in the church).
Seventy-five percent of adults desire to believe in the Biblical account of creation, but find it difficult when the “wisdom” of the day says that creationism is not valid and that evolution is fact.
Chris ended his presentation by saying that we are in need of another Great Awakening (spiritual revival) and that the church must stand once again on what the Bible teaches and not compromise with what the politically correct ideology is. If things continue as they are at present, he believes that Americans will lose their God-given rights, and the world will lose its “City on a Hill”—-the beacon of light and truth that America was in earlier days.
Resources: First-hand account of Chris Danielson’s presentation at the Facts or Fiction Conference, Zeeland East High School, Zeeland, Michigan.