Teaching Children Creationism is Akin to Child Abuse
Lawrence Maxwell Krauss is an American theoretical physicist and cosmologist who is Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University as well as the director of its Origins Project. He created a firestorm when on a YouTube video he likened the teaching of Creationism to a form of child abuse.
In a follow up to his video, Dr. Krauss was interviewed by radio, TV and internet blogger, David Pakman on his program the David Pakman Show. Krauss had written a popular book, The Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing in 2012. In this book, Dr. Krauss attempted to explain his view that can be summed up in a paraphrase of the opening verse of the first book of the Bible. To understand what Dr. Krauss believes we only need to replace the Creator God with “In the beginning, Quantum Mechanics created the universe.” Just a cursory examination of this view would logically ask from where or what did these quantum laws arise? Dr. Krauss readily admits that concerning the answer to this question, he hasn’t got a clue.
Dr. Krauss and his fellow atheist, Richard Dawkins (who wrote the afterword of Krauss’s book) are vocal atheists. While Krauss is not as bombastic and caustic in his criticisms as Dawkins, he nevertheless likens the teaching of creationism to children to a “mild” form of child abuse. One would have to wonder why this highly educated man would consider that telling children that a loving Creator designed this universe is somehow akin to abusing them. What exactly is the problem? The spiritual answer to this is simple. They refuse to acknowledge the presence of God that is clearly made manifest by what He has created, Rom. 1:18-20.
It seems that many scientists today bow down and worship at the altar of naturalism. They consider any other explanations for the cosmos and the unique life found on our planet to be a form of heresy. They are willing to attack those who logically believe that the existence of a creation infers a Creator that the intelligent design, complexity and near perfection of all living organisms supports the existence of an intelligent Designer. After all, this is what we observe in nature. As many Bible believing scientists in the past referred to nature’s God, their modern evolutionary counterparts eliminate God and replace Him with the female deity of evolution, Mother Nature.
If telling children that they were created in the image of the Almighty, that they were His handiwork, even from the instant of their conception, is child abuse, how should we characterize the evolutionary view?
If telling children that they were created in the image of the Almighty, that they were His handiwork, even from the instant of their conception, is child abuse, how should we characterize the evolutionary view? How can they then tell these same children that they are the product of hundreds of millions of years of natural selection with some serendipitous genetic mutations thrown in along the way? What is really abusive for children of all ages is telling them that they are the byproduct of “slime plus time,” the result of a series of cosmic accidents without any deeper meaning and purpose to their existence.
Just in case you are wondering if this analogy is an exaggeration, I will remind you that the “children” who went on a killing spree in their Columbine high school were convinced that they were a product of Darwinian evolution. It is a matter of record that one of the Columbine murderers, Eric Harris, was wearing a tee shirt with “Natural Selection” emblazoned on it. Where did Harris and Klebold get the idea that they had the right to kill their fellow students? Harris seemed to feel superior to everyone — he once wrote, “I feel like God and I wish I was, having everyone being OFFICIALLY lower than me. I already know that I am higher than most anyone in the f---ing welt [German: world] in terms of universal Intelligence.
His comments were not limited to delusions of grandeur as the this final thought indicates, “YOU KNOW WHAT I LOVE!!!? Natural SELECTION!!!!!!!!! God damn it’s the best thing that ever happened to the Earth. Getting rid of all the stupid and weak organisms….but its all natural!!! YES! I wish the government would just take off every warning label. So then all the dumbasses would either severely hurt themselves or DIE! And boom, no more dumbasses.” (Langman, 2009)
Is there any doubt that the teaching of Darwin’s theory as a fact of scientific fact had an impact on this young man’s mind? While the truth is that Harris and Klebold were deeply troubled teenagers, their decision to murder their fellow students was justified, in part, due to their indoctrination into an evolutionary worldview.
The bottom line concerning the truth about human origins can be understood by a Psalm attributed to the pen of King David where he wrote:
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well, Psalm 139:13-14.
Langman, P. (2009). Themes in the Writings of Eric Harris. Originally accessed 9.25.12 in S. Rowitt, Bill Nye the Science Guy.