Transforming Teachers - Secularism

  • Competing worldviews influence today's Christians

    Competing worldviewsSummit Ministries recently partnered with Barna Group in a study to gauge how ideas from other key worldviews have infected Christians’ beliefs about God and the world around us. This new research sought to identify the source of many nonbiblical ideas infecting Christianity, and found strong agreement among practicing Christians with ideas unique to nonbiblical worldviews.

    Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries, reacted to the survey:

    "I am shocked about these results. While only 17% of practicing Christians have a biblical worldview...

    • 61% agree with ideas rooted in new spirituality,
    • 54% with postmodernism,
    • 38% with Islam,
    • 36% with Marxism,
    • and 29% with secularism.”

    Read the full Barna Group report here.

  • When dualism reigns

    By Christian Overman in Worldview Matters, January 2, 2018Larkmead School Abingdon Oxfordshire, Blackcatuk at English Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

    Millions of children from Christian homes are indoctrinated daily in the tenets of secularism—by means of silence from two sides.

    Separating the Word of God from academics in school has spawned a debilitating yet popular mindset known as “SSD,” or the “Sacred-Secular Divide.” This dualism constricts the Light of Scripture to Sunday morning sermons, and does not apply it to business, law, medicine, art, civil governance or anything else outside the four walls of a church.

    A secularized math class that never explores how numbers fit into God’s plan for humans to govern over all of creation, is as senseless as a secularized Sunday School. Once education becomes secularized, God’s Word can then be marginalized, privatized, and made solely personal.

    When dualism reigns, Christianity is not applicable to the public square, or to the daily workplace. It’s only good for Sunday morning services, and nothing beyond.

  • Why the church has remained so silent

    If the Bible is irrelevant to the most important things taught in school, then it will certainly be irrelevant to the most important things outside of school, too. This is the devilish outcome of dualism. In the end, we all lose.

    Is it any wonder the biblical foundations for law, civil government, economics and family that once provided accepted harbor lights for our society have been replaced? The incessant move toward the secularization of education and the privatization of Christianity has been enormously successful, being expedited greatly through elementary and secondary schools.

    Is it any wonder our youth are disinterested in church today, since Christianity is deemed irrelevant to the majority of their waking hours?