My previous posts mentioned the Barna Research Group report that a majority of the 20/30s who grew up in Christian homes have turned their backs on the faith. The Barna studies showed that Christians are partly to blame for this turning away (See my previous postings for details.). However, I believe the primary influences in this drift away from Christianity are: 1) as expected, television, which mocks Christians and Christian beliefs as it revels in violence and explicit sex; and 2) perhaps a surprise to some, most university campuses have created an environment where it’s considered outrageous to make exclusive religious claims. Faculties that are overwhelmingly anti-Christian have engaged in systematic brainwashing of our young people, undermining their religious beliefs.
The exclusivity of Christianity is a major sticking point. The idea of a single “right” belief system flies against politically correct views of tolerance and “fairness.” A Christian friend takes these egalitarian notions too far. He says, “We have atomic weapons; why shouldn’t the Iranians or North Koreans likewise have weapons of mass destruction?” Oh, yeah, and while we’re at it, since our police have automatic weapons, why shouldn’t felons have grenade launchers and C4 explosives? Just to be fair, of course.
Outsiders object to Christian claims as the only true faith, superior to all other religions. They call this “arrogant and narrow … intolerant.”
Recently, a close friend, who is a Christian, complained that I offended others because I “talked religion too much.” He believes that religion should be kept private. There’s an appropriate time for everything but to prohibit the open discussion of religion and
spirituality denies us a forum for the deepest part of our existence.
For their part, atheists don’t expect religion can be outlawed. Instead, they mock Christians, the Bible, and religious practices, hoping that Christianity will be condemned or marginalized in the public square. My friend is an unwitting accomplice to the atheists and agnostics who signed “A Declaration in Defense of Science and Secularism,” which aims to keep religion entirely private.
One of the signatories is Peter Singer, who took abortion a step further. Before he came from Australia in 1999 to take the post of bioethics professor at Princeton, crowds demonstrated against his hiring because of his position that parents should have the right to kill their infant children up to 28 days old who have severe disabilities. He said it would be justified because at that age, children don’t understand what it means to be alive and their handicaps would make them a burden on society.
Singer was hired anyway. To even entertain such monstrous ideas at the highest levels of learning in our universities should be sufficient reason why religion should be more than a private matter. Religious ideas and Christianity in particular–because our nation was founded on Christian principles–should have free access to the public forum.