Atheist Richard Dawkins recently made statements in TIME magazine and the Irish Times criticizing religious parents for indoctrinating their children. It didn’t take long for Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis to respond to the many criticisms that Dawkins put forth.
One of Dawkins’ criticisms was that Christians and other religious people “forc[e] on them un-evidenced opinions about the nature of life or the cosmos” when it comes to their children. Ken Ham’s response was “Yes, we have assumptions and presuppositions, such as the Bible is God’s Word and, because it was written by a perfect God, it is perfectly true and reliable. But secularists also have assumptions and presuppositions! They assume that life arose naturalistically, that supernatural explanations are not possible, that the universe is billions of years old, and that God does not exist. This is a religion! A religion of purposeless, meaningless, naturalistic atheism.” Ham goes on to say, “not only does God’s Word explain the world as it is today, but observational science confirms it.”
Dawkins also stated, “…you have to balance the rights of parents and the rights of children and I think the balance has swung too far towards parents… Children do need to be protected so that they can have a proper education and not be indoctrinated in whatever religion their parents happen to have been brought up in.” But by taking such a stance, Ham noted this about Dawkins–‘So children need to be “protected” from religion by having a “proper education” so they won’t be “indoctrinated.” But Dawkins believes that children should be taught evolutionary naturalism as fact. He wants his religion of naturalism imposed on them. So children shouldn’t be taught religion by their parents—they should be taught the religion of atheism by their teachers! All Dawkins is advocating is replacing one religion with another religion. You can’t raise or educate children “neutrally.” There is no neutrality! When you take away supposed “religion” …then all you have done is replaced it with another religion—the religion secular humanism.’
When Dawkins criticized the religious for putting “the Bible ahead of scientific evidence”, Ham explained that “as biblical creationists, we do start with the Bible and we interpret the scientific evidence in light of what the Bible says.” Then he further stated that putting one’s beliefs ahead of scientific evidence “is exactly what those who believe in evolution do! Evolutionists put their belief in naturalism first, and ignore any evidence that contradicts their position. For example, everything we see in nature confirms the law of biogenesis. This law states that life only comes from other life. Despite years of study, we’ve never seen an exception to this rule, nor do we know of any mechanism that could bring life from non-life. And yet, according to evolutionary ideas, life had to come from non-life at least once when the first non-living chemicals came to life. So Dawkins and others who accept Darwinian evolution put their belief that life arose naturalistically ahead of what we actually observe in science.”
For more of Mr. Ham’s poignant comments on Dawkins’ recent statements, you can read his article “Who’s Really (Falsely) Indoctrinating Kids?” at the Answers in Genesis website.
Source: Leah MarieAnn Klett, Ken Hams Slams Richard Dawkins’ Argument that Children are ‘Indoctrinated’ by Christian Parents, GospelHerald.com, March 5, 2015.