A Very Respectful Little Essay on the Social Ramifications of Certain Educational Probelms Afflicting Verious Segments of Our Wonderful Society, Without any Humor or Offense.

People who run the educational system in America, UK, and probably all major English speaking countries (excluding New Zealand) perhaps should consider that they might have made some miscalluculations. Perhaps they might actually be wrong about something, if I may be permitted to say so.

Pehaps there just might be certain segments of society which lack a necessary sense of cultural heritage connected to Christianity. If this is true then it just might be connected to the educational system, although not to put the blame on anyone in particular. Perhaps we see ceratin aspects of this emerging in our talks on message boards. I think those of us who are historically aware have even forgotten a great deal of this. Almost every idea we have in modernity come to us as a left over form Christian doctrine: Free will vs. determinism is Arminianism vs. Predestiination. The idea of Marx that the Workers can't remember their true class interest, dont' know what they want, and need to be led by a band of Party connected van guards, is basically the set up of the fall and the church's witness to the fallen.

The rise of the Christian religion obliterated a great deal of the pagan influence of Greco-Roman world. There are many surviving folkways in Greece, there are a lot of texts and various ideas that come to us from Greece, mostly via the church. For the most part there is no real remembrance of what the ancient world was or what their thinking was pre-Christianity.

By the same token, moderns have done a similar number on Christianity. The contemporary student is so cut off from the historical facts of the culture that we are constantly finding them on message boards lost, confused, wondering without a clue, and the only direction they have grasped and cling to with white knuckles is their ever deepening hatred of Christianity.

some of this ignorance is so shocking I can't believe it. Tonight on CARM one of the atheists of the apologetics board argued that Trinitiarn doctrinal terminology "rapes the English language." This is so because the Trinitarian concept of "person" totally distorts the concept of "person" that we have in English. Of cooers never mind that Trinitarian doctrine was settled by the fourth century, when English didn't even exits (I'm sure if they even spoke old English in the British isles that early). Of course our modern concept of person evolves out of the notion of persona (Hypostasis) that was used from the Greek (the word for substance) in making the doctrine. So this atheist has the whole thing backwards, English rapes Greek to come up with modern concept of personated, but the origin of the concept is the Trinitarian doctrine!

How many times have I confronted atheists whose idea of a Bible contradiction was just not knowing how to read a text? My favorite example; song of songs, the voice of the turtle is heard in the land. Well, heck, turtles dot' have voices! Couldn't stupid Bible people see that? Or hear it? or not hear it? Excuse me, it's "Turtle dove." Its' a bird. Or, how could Christ be a door when over there he says he's a gate, what a contradiction! Many atheists seem to ink Shakespeare just wrote in cliches, he's just much adieu about nothing.

I think a lot of the hostility is based upon cultural divide and we need to start educating the church. The problem is the church! Christians don't appreciate this stuff. How many average church pew sitters would the allusion to much due about nothing? We need to begin by making the church aware of its own intellectual heritage. Then we need to start trying to put stuff back in the schools, not creationism, let that one go! Let's worry about just getting the reality of western letters into the schools.

(BK edited the last paragraph of the post to read "cultural divide" as per Metacrock's intent at 3:43 p.m. pdt)


Anonymous said…
Put 'em up against the wall and shoot 'em? Didja ever stop to think about how rants like this show that all the ignorance and hatred may not lie entirely on the other side of the "clitoral divide"?
BK said…
Given the entire tone of the post, I think "clitoral divide" was a typo, and I amended it to read what I think Metacrock intended, i.e., "literal divide" or "literary divide." I am hoping that Metacrock will clarify it for himself.
Anonymous said…
My money's on "cultural divide."
BK said…
That's a good bet.
Sorry about that. That was totally fruaidan slip. I wasn't even thinking of such things. It was just a typo. That's par fro the course, I can really screw up big time. I don't see why Annynomous has to be so biligerant when it should be obvious I didn't mean it. If I had spelled it cultral divide you would just snicker at my sutpidity and let it go at that.
The irony is the psot itself wasn't even meant to be on the CADRE blog. I pushed the wrong button by mistake. I guess this whole morning has been a waste.
Andrew said…
As a New Zealander I'm struggling to work out why the phrase "excluding New Zealand" is there. What does NZ do differently that is good?

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