Maggie Koerth-Baker is science editor at BoingBoing, author of a must-read book on how energy works…and a former fundamentalist. Having met her and interviewed her, I still had no idea about that last part. However, it came in very handy for a post from her yesterday.
All of this is to say that I usually take a fairly blasé attitude towards the “OMG LOOK WHAT THE FUNDIES TEACH KIDS” sort of expose that pops up occasionally on the Internet. It’s hard to be shocked by stuff that you long ago forgot isn’t general public knowledge. You say A Beka and Bob Jones University Press are still freaked about Communism, take big detours into slavery/KKK apologetics, and claim the Depression was mostly just propaganda? Yeah, they’ll do that. Oh, the Life Science textbook says humans and dinosaurs totally hung out and remains weirdly obsessed with bombardier beetles? What else is new?
Well, for me, this is new:
“Unlike the “modern math” theorists, who believe that mathematics is a creation of man and thus arbitrary and relative, A Beka Book teaches that the laws of mathematics are a creation of God and thus absolute….A Beka Book provides attractive, legible, and workable traditional mathematics texts that are not burdened with modern theories such as set theory.” — ABeka.com
That was my response too. I understand why fundamentalists don’t like evolution. It threatens special creation. I get that they don’t like history. It undermines their Christian nation. I had no idea why they would object to set theory.
Now I know, thanks to Maggie. And you can too.