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December 16th 2007 - The Sunday Edition
Letter from the Editor
don't teach religion in schools any more. We preach tolerance,
acceptance and multiculturalism and we celebrate the festive season,
but theological debate in schools in almost non existent.
The problem is that there is so many religions, so many view
points that people think our kids will either not be able to grasp the
fundamentals of idealogical debates (in other words we think our kids
are too stupid to figure it out for themselves) or we're desperately
afraid that our kids will come home brainwashed into believing in some
new religion, cult or Satanism.
Parents simply don't want their kids coming home with "new
ideas" about religions and faith. And they certainly don't want their
kids questioning the existence (or honesty) of God, Jesus, Santa Claus,
Buddha, Muhammad, the Bible, the Torah, the Quran or whatever you
happen to believe or not believe in.
Jack and Jill went to school.
And learned about evolution.
Jack and Jill came back from school.
And Mom and Dad got a lawyer.
is common knowledge that public schools are expected to be ivory towers
of atheism, where science and knowledge are preached in one class and
freedom & multiculturalism is taught in another. 85% of the world's
population still believes in the existence of a higher power. The other
15% either don't worry about it or are active atheists who point out
the flaws in religion.
But there are flaws in the Big Bang Theory too. As a chemistry
teacher who studied my share of physics in university, I'm sorry but
even I don't buy into the big bang theory. The theory states that there
absolutely nothingness. Nothing at all, not even dimensional spaces...
and then suddenly, somehow the universe exploded outwards creating
atoms and molecules and eventually forming life.
It doesn't offer any explanation for how this happened or what
the initial cause was beyond the idea that nothingness cannot exist and
therefore there must be something. The Bible also states that in the
beginning there was nothingness, only god, and through his conscience
and deliberate actions created the heavens, the earth and all creatures
I am sorry, but I just can't buy into this theory that nothing existed. SOMETHING must have been there and always was there.
Even Einstein, the great 20th century physicist saw flaws in this way of thinking.
I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied
this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be
called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure
of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
- Albert Einstein, 1954.
I believe in Spinoza's God
who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God
who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings. - Albert Einstein.
And frankly I agree with Einstein. There must be some kind of
guiding force in the universe (similar to the Phoenix Force mentioned
in X-Men comic books) which guides both creative and destructive
forces. Scientists know that gravity draws atoms together and is
directly related to how stars are born, die and collapse into black
holes, but we don't understand WHY gravity does what it does.
Gravity, that most elusive of energy sources, is so far away
from our understanding that we simply cannot explain it. We can't see
gravity, only its results. We can measure its power, but cannot
understand how or why it does anything. It is the driving force of the
Yet I don't see anyone worshiping the power of gravity, because gravity lacks consciousness.
tends to concern itself with more mythological ways of explaining why
things happen. The universe acts in mysterious ways and we explain
these things as "acts of god" or "miracles" or sometimes "deja vu".
Events effect us emotionally and we can't blame the universe or gravity
so we blame god instead.
I could rant about this all day, but my point is that we
should be teaching religion and philosophy in school. We should be
allowing children to develop their own ideas about the universe, its
origins and where the human race is going. We do offer philosophy in
high school and university, because at that age students should be able
to grasp the concepts.
But what's wrong with allowing kids to study the basics of
these issues sooner? Philosophy is an important part of learning
logical thinking and you can't have a solid religious understanding
without the philosophical knowledge to back it up. Far too many lazy
people point to the bible as if it really is the "word of god", a
factual document and don't bother to actually learn more about the
universe and around them and question WHY.
And that is truly sad when people fail to even question why they are here.
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