If you were a pastor, Sunday school teacher or a Bible study leader, would you choose a study program on origins—specially developed for churches—that is produced by an organization headed by an atheist? Eugenie Scott is the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE)—an organization devoted to helping teachers teach evolution in public schools and also to combating creationists. Scott is a self-professed atheist. In a recent Washington Post online discussion about the recent PBS-TV Evolution series, Scott, in answer to the question ‘Are you at all religious?’ stated, ‘I am not a believer in God.’ Scott, who was a consultant for—and appeared in—the PBS Evolution series (the multimillion dollar, eight-hour evolution propaganda series to promote evolution teaching in public schools and for the general public) was given the American Humanist Association’s 1998 ‘Isaac Asimov Science Award,’ and has received an award for her promotion of church and state separation.
My colleagues, writers/researchers Drs Batten and Sarfati, have stated that in her ‘NCSE Reports 16(1):7, 1996, readers are directed to an article at http://www.csicop.org (see How Religiously Neutral are the Anti-Creationist Organisations). This is the Skeptics’ (US) Web site, the “Science and Reason Site”, as the Skeptics claim, which overtly espouses materialism (atheism), with direct links to the Council for Secular Humanism and other atheistic/anti-Christian sites.’
All of this is important background so that you can know who really is behind this ‘Congregational Study Guide’ produced for churches to be used along with the PBS-TV Evolution series. It’s interesting to note that the NCSE and the PBS Evolution series often have made statements indicating they are not against those who believe in God—yet at the same time they undermine Scripture which Christ said ‘cannot be broken’ (John 10:35), and endorse websites that vehemently attack Christianity.
There is no doubt Scott and her fellow humanists use this ploy of pretense in regard to ‘accepting’ those of ‘faith’ in an effort to actually destroy ‘faith!’
It’s interesting that Scott claims that there are ‘conservative evangelical Christians’ in NCSE. But as Drs Batten and Sarfati point out, this phrase must have lost all meaning if such people can become ‘unequally yoked’ with avowed atheists in attacking the Bible. Also, we have noted how overt atheists are often keen to recruit Churchians to help undermine their own book. This was similar to Lenin’s tactics in cultivating what he termed ‘useful idiots’ in the West, to unwittingly undermine their own foundations. But out of the other side of their mouths, the atheists are utterly contemptuous of the compromisers who refuse to accept the plain teaching of the book they profess to believe.
In this case, this Humanist-founded-and-operated organisation recruited a Phina Borgeson, a professing Christian and a member of the Episcopalian denomination, to write the NCSE-sponsored Congregational Study Guide. An excellent choice (from the Humanist perspective), since this is one of the most apostate denominations around, as shown by the appointment of John Shelby Spong as Bishop, although he denies nearly all doctrines and morals of historic Christianity (see What’s Wrong With Bishop Spong?).
Scott and her colleagues know if they can get people in churches to disconnect the Bible from the real world, and relegate it to a book that’s only about salvation, morality etc.—then the real world is seen as the one that is taught in most schools/colleges, that the ‘big bang,’ evolution, and billions of years are all real.
As more and more people in churches see the Bible as just a book of stories and a book about ‘faith,’ and as they accept the billions-of-years history of the universe as taught through most of the education system, then eventually the book of ‘stories’ is rejected outright. In this way, an attack on the foundations of Christianity can claim even more victims. The church becomes separated from the world—it only has to do with what is in one’s head, not the real world. With this kind of belief, the church becomes weak and ineffective—and its influence on the culture wanes. Now this is the real reason for the so-called ‘separation of church and state’—an area where Scott has received awards for her work. Scott’s organization recently released this ‘Congregational Study Guide’ with all of this in mind. In the guide’s introduction, the author states: ‘But for most leaders and members of congregations, evolution and faith occupy different domains in their lives. Both make sense in different departments of life, and nothing has caused them to explore what they might have to say to one another. It is largely for this group that this study guide is offered.’
This is the schizophrenia that has been destroying churches across the nation—and atheists like Scott know how to use this to (subtly) destroy Christianity in America.
The Bible–a true history book
What Scott teaches concerning geology, biology, astronomy etc., is diametrically opposed to the geology, biology, and astronomy found in the Bible. If the Bible’s account of these things is not correct (e.g. global Flood, man created directly from dust, death and suffering after sin, Earth made before the sun), then neither is its message of salvation and morality correct, which are based in the Bible’s history. As Jesus said, ‘If I have told you earthly things, and you don’t believe, how shall you believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?’ (John 3:12).
Who would have thought the Christian structure of this nation would be in such bad shape that atheists would be sponsoring a ‘Congregational Study Guide’ to understand our origins! A major part of the mission of CMI is to evangelize the church to reconnect the Bible to the real world so that the Gospel message, based in real history, can be proclaimed effectively—resulting in changed lives, and thus affecting not only their eternal destiny, but resulting in a changed culture.
To read CMI’s responses to each of the seven programs in the PBS-TV Evolution series, click on this index page.
Update 6 April 2004: Even the secular publication National Review Online pointed out the hypocrisy of groups like the NCSE using federal tax dollars to insert religion into the biology classroom—that is, religious views compatible with evolution. The article is Evolving Double Standards: Establishing a state-funded church of Darwin <www.nationalreview.com/comment/west200404010900.asp>, (Web editor's note: link no longer available) 1 April 2004, by John West, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Seattle Pacific University. The NCSE website explicitly recommends that teachers invoke religion to support evolution. Yet the NCSE screams blue murder at any purely scientific criticisms of evolution as bringing ‘religion’ into the argument!