As we all know, young people are leaving religious institutions in ever-increasing numbers. This is naturally causing concern in religious quarters and some wealthy people think that the problem is that the young are not being equipped to ‘properly’ answer the kinds of deep questions that occur to almost everyone as they are growing up and becoming independent. By properly, these people mean consistent with what the Bible says.
So what to do? These people have decided that giving young children a religious curriculum that they can access via their mobile devices and that teach them about the Bible and religious apologetics will serve as some kind of inoculation against the secular viruses that they will encounter later.
Two Orange County families who wish to remain anonymous have donated $1.5 million to set up an Internet-based program to teach Christian apologetics—a field of theology that uses logic to defend faith—starting in elementary school, reported The Orange County Register.
Students in 13 elementary classes in private schools in San Juan Capistrano, Fullerton and Georgia are using the DeepRoots Bible Curriculum for Defendable Faith program, but more courses are being developed for students up to 12th grade.
A team of 80 people—including archaeologists, teachers, graphic artists and musicians—started developing the curriculum nearly three years ago, and the lessons are arranged in chronological order rather than ordered as events are in the Bible.
“Many adults don’t even realize that the Bible jumps around from time to time and era to era, so we want to solidify the order of events in our students’ minds,” Van Vlear said.
I think that these people don’t quite get that the basic problem is that young people are now no longer limited in the information they have access to. They are exposed to a far greater variety of viewpoints than before and this is bound to result in more of them realizing that the claims that there is one true religion are hard to justiy.
I was amused at the comments of the head of the Mission Viejo Christian School who said that this program would teach students to bring a “fresh way to address the same questions every generation has: Why was I born? What is my purpose in life? Is there a God who exists? And what happens to me when I die?””
My answers to the questions he poses are quite simple, really:
Q: Why was I born? A: Because my parents had sex
Q: What is my purpose in life? A: To leave the world better for my having lived
Q: Is there a God who exists? A: No
Q: What happens to me when I die? A: I cease to exist