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September 24, 2009, at 4:28 pm — Blogs /

IS KIRK CAMERON ANTI-EDUCATION?

I don’t wish to bash Kirk Cameron’s religious beliefs – he is entitled to them after all. I am, however, often weary of anyone who pushes their religious beliefs on others – to me faith and spirituality is a private quest that takes a lifetime to discover.

And there are far too many different points of view on any single religion for any one of them to be 100% right about everything. Heck there are over 35,000 different sects to Christianity alone – that’s 35,000 different interpretations of the same Bible, same history. So I tend to have more respect for those who practice their spirituality by the manner in which they live, not the actions they purposefully take to win more souls.

I do take issue with Kirk Cameron’s smearing of secondary education. Perhaps had he gone to college (he could afford it) he’d understand that college has nothing to do with someone’s religious beliefs and that every real university has room for people of all religious faiths. In fact it is this coming together that creates tolerance and understanding – we fear and suspect that which we do not know or understand. Kirk Cameron is a prime example.

He says in a quote in People magazine:
“We have a situation in our country where young people are entering college with a belief in God and exiting with that faith being stripped and shredded. What we want to do is have student make an informed, educated decision before they chuck their faith.”

What he dosesn’t understand is in order to make an informed, educated decision on any subject, let alone religion, college is the perfect place to do that research. There you can investigate the origins of any number of religions, speak to experts from all faiths and if you’re so inclined, join up with one in the process of learning about it. And the religion instructors at the college level do in fact have their own religious beliefs and often are ministers in their respective faiths.

You see their faith is stronger than any questions about it and they don’t have to create suspicion or fear about other points of view.

Too bad Kirk Cameron thinks education is a bad thing but then again that’s a standard cry from the far right.

As for Darwinism – I wonder if Kirk realizes that you can be a Darwinist and a Christian if you so choose – Darwinism only deals with the scientific nature of animals mutating and adapting over time – something you can even track in humans from this country during the last century (ever had to duck a doorway in Boston or wonder why your great-grandparents appear to have been Hobbits?) There is nothing to say the Christian God didn’t plan and create this evolution and it baffles me why some don’t see that – especially someone as bright as Kirk – maybe if he had gone to college…

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3 comments to IS KIRK CAMERON ANTI-EDUCATION?

  • Zach

    Hey, David. I’m glad you wrote this piece and I found it quite interesting. Let me first say that I am a Catholic who sees no conflict between my faith and the acceptance of evolution. I read the article you cited and it says that Cameron is planning, in coordination with a Christian group, to visit various universities on the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species and distribute copies of that text with a 50 page insert criticizing some its arguments and offering rebuttals and counter-arguments. Surely this doesn’t indicate that Cameron “thinks education is a bad thing”! It seems to me rather pro-education. Isn’t college, as you suggest, about exploring alternative viewpoints and making informed decisions? And isn’t Cameron’s group offering just such an alternative viewpoint to the theory of evolution? The fact that the viewpoint is a conservative Christian one should make no difference unless one wishes to exclude them from the debate. Also, I fail to see where suspicion or fear enter into this situation.

    Incidentally, I consider it a great tragedy that there are, if your numbers are accurate, 35,000 different Christian denominations (though all but a handful are marginal in the extreme). However, I disagree with your assumption that because there are many points of view about something, that necessarily means that there is no single truth of the matter. The logic is unsound. For example, there are dozens of theories about the assassination of JFK. Some hold that the mob did him in, others say LBJ; some claim there was one shooter, others say three. But this hardly means that means that no single theory can be 100% correct! Or take some difficult math problem: each student in class may give a different answer, but that doesn’t prevent only one of them from being right. In other words, different interpretations do not suggest the nonexistence of truth.

  • Apologies for taking time to post this – and time doesn’t permit me a lengthy reply but to comment on your first point – Cameron’s inserts into the Origin of Species attempt to link evolution to Nazism, eugenics and a host of other non-related phenom. It would be like me taking the Holy Bible and adding inserts into it mentioning how the practices involving discipline led to child and spousal abuse and how the old and new testaments appear to hold women subordinate to man. Though I might be able to make some links I would offend you and ultimately not prove any point – and I wouldn’t be correct – you could link passages in the Bible to a host of heinous acts – you can blame the Bible on the Crusades, the assination of Harvey Milk, Jeffery Tiller, heck David Carresh, and the list goes on – but it wouldn’t be fair. It wouldn’t be right – the Bible didn’t cause any of those things – humans did.

  • Aaron

    David,
    I appreciate you printing this and seeing the common sense in how wrong this is. It’s a total perversion of literature. Why don’t christians just go into all of our favorite classics and insert tidbits of religious propaganda? We don’t need them pushing their views down our throats any more than they already do. This should be flat out illegal. Christians would go ape on an atheist if they inserted their views into the bible or any other piece of religious literature. People who are not religious, such as myself, mind our own business and leave others to believe what they want. Why is it so hard for religious followers to do the same? If we wanted more on their side of the story, we would pick up a bible and go to church. America being a free nation, allows us to do this. People who are interested in Darwin, did not choose this. Publishing religious opinions and slandering the author himself in one of his most timeless publications, will only anger people more. I wish Kirk Cameron could read this and keep his half baked “war on evolution” ideas to his tv shows and board games. Leave American literature out of it!

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