Education is everything, and teaching our children not only the facts, but how to determine fact from fiction is crucial for our world. Science and technology basics are some of the more important aspects of a good education, and teaching the scientific method at an early age can help establish a lifetime of good thinking.

But there are some enemies of accepted scientific fact out there, and like the falsehoods told in The Green Dragon, they wish to get their dirty hands on the children of this world and fill them with fictions based around their own agendas.

I know nothing about the group calling themselves BJU Press, but I can be by their byline, "Christ-centered resources for education, edification,& evangelism" that any material they have on their website is going to be hopelessly biased, and probably factually incorrect. But before I make this judgement let's have a look at a sample chapter of a book called "Science 4 (2nd ed.)" and see what we can see.

Let's start with the Table of Contents (You can click on any of these spreads to get a bigger image.)

Okay nothing wrong here, as you would expect with any science primer, there is a bit of information on a broad topic. Let's move on shall we, to the chapter called The History of Moon.

This is where it becomes immediately apparent that this book has a biblical agenda, opening with a paragraph from the Bible itself Genesis 1:16. Sewing seeds of doubt about science right here off the bat, this book seeks to discredit science by saying we shouldn't trust what we see, hear and know, but what we feel. In a "Checkmate Atheists!" moment, the book denies we can know anything about the moon because nobody was there to witness the formation of the moon, then continues: "What anyone believes about the beginning of things rests on faith, not science." Hmmmm, compelling... Let's move on shall we?

So we have established that we know nothing, so let's back up our ignorance of everything with some concrete facts shall we? These pages talk about how if you believe the bible then everything is explained by the "Creation Model", but the "Evolutionists" use the "Evolutionary Model" to explain how everything got here. Including the moon. Yes, the moon evolved. Like a Pokemon. It then goes into a few very boring pages about the "three guesses by evolutionists about how the moon began."

So after all those lies told to us by "Evolutionists", we now come to the part that tells us what really happened. Well the short answer is: It just happened. Yep that's right, god literally said something and the moon JUST APPEARED from literally nothing. Well, smack me pink and all me a chimpanzee, if that ain't nifty! Let's move on...

The next section concentrates on how we can know the age of the moon. It explains how "Evolutionists" go to great painstaking lengths of billions of years to allow for the moon to "happen by chance". The Creationists model is much simpler, requires no thinking and proves that the moon is as young as 10,000 years old. Nice haircut too. The equation on page 10 is proof that the moon is young, because, just like your mantelpiece at home, the dust build-up on the moon isn't deep enough to account for an old moon. If the moon WERE old, the dust buildup would be about a kilometer thick! Next proof please!

Now they ask "Why are the moon?" and come up with some pretty good answers. A: Because God did it. B: Because the night would be too dark for owls and moths without it. And C: Because God did it. See? Makes perfect sense! They round of this page by saying something along the lines of "If things were different, then things wouldn't be as they are now." Infallible logic.

Now let's do an experiment. Why does the moon move? And How can we use the moon to tell time? Okay great, on we go.

HOLY CRAP WHAT JUST HAPPENED? The book has gone all dark! I'm scared! You'll know that it's the end of the universe when the sun is darkened and the moon is blood red... kinda like... AN ECLIPSE? Well of course it won;t be an eclipse though, it will be a special eclipse... But wait, when did this book change from being a book about the moon, to being a book about the end of the world? In any case, Jesus will come back then the sky is darkened, and all will be just hunky-dory. And when the moon finally pops out of existence, along with the sun, light will be provided by God and his pet lamb.

Well I hope you found this science class as informative as I did. I never knew how wrong a person could be until I read this book, and this really does change everything. </sarcasm>

In reality, there are people who are using books like this to teach their children about the world and the universe, and it can be nothing if not harmful. It's this kind of ignorance, lies and distortions of the facts that makes the children of today susceptible to being the dumbest and most ill informed generation ever. We have to fight against ignorance like this, whether it comes from a religion or a cult, or a political agenda. This book is an insult to humanity.

I give it five stars for the laughs.

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Comment by Doug Reardon on September 23, 2011 at 8:41pm

If you can accept that a supernatural spirit spoke the universe into being, then you can believe anything, no matter how absurd.

Comment by Darlene Edelman on September 23, 2011 at 9:47pm

You are not wrong about this being the most ill-informed generation. My friend's granddaughter went to the recruiting office to sign up for the army. They gave her 3 choices as to where she would like to be stationed: a Pacific island (can't recall which one); Germany and Iraq. She signed up to go to Iraq, because she thought it was in Europe.

Comment by Bill Shaddle on September 23, 2011 at 10:13pm

The scary thing to me is the people who read this nonsense and give it credence. 

Comment by clay harshbarger on September 23, 2011 at 11:01pm


WOW. How crazy is that. I bet it’s the book they use at the local private Baptist school here in Tennessee.  Unfortunately I am serious about the school part.

Comment by anti_supernaturalist on September 23, 2011 at 11:37pm

Xian ignorance is a gift from "God"


Read now the words of Saul of Tarsus (aka "saint" Paul) writing the poor, dispossed, ignorant, and vengeful throughout the eastern Roman Empire (50-68 CE):


Brothers… not many of you were wise…; not…influential; not…of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things…to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things...and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are…1Cor1:26-28 NIV


As Nietzsche claimed: "Christianity is the practice of nihilism."


the anti_supernaturalist

Comment by Kyle Wilkins on September 24, 2011 at 12:13am

HOLY SHIT! Pardon my language but, not this exact book, but a few others on that site I think were the books at my grade school (completely serious!). Why didn't they show me this one too!? I would have became an Atheist sooner!

Comment by Vincent Darrell on September 24, 2011 at 5:47am

There seems to be no limit to how ridiculous people's beliefs can get. To write a book like this, surely one must have invested a little bit of time in trying to find out what some of the real scientific theories out there are so that they can then try and use sophistry to make it seem like there are logical flaws in the theories. For instance there is mention of the "capture theory" of the moon that is presented only as a straw figure to then make seem like it is being refuted.


It just goes to show how recalcitrant the religion meme is and how efforts must be redoubled to eradicate it.


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