Humanism for Kids! Darwin the Dog has Problems
by Matthew Cook
As parents, it’s important to understand that as our children become more and more immersed in society, whether it be school, sports or something else, they’re going to encounter challenges to their Christian faith. In fact, I don’t think it’s a matter of if, but when. We need to be proactive and vigilant so that we don’t leave our kids unprepared and exposed to questions they can’t answer. Today, i would like to take a look at a short online story called “Meet Darwin” that can be found on Kidswithoutgod.com which is run by the American Humanist Association. My goal is to examine the claims made in the book and equip you as parents with Christian responses to those claims so that you in turn can discuss it with your children!
But first, what is Humanism? According the the American Humanist Association, Humanism is “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.” In short, I would say that humanists believe that it is our duty to treat other human beings fairly and equally because it leads to human flourishing, not because there’s a god out there that we’re subservient to. Now that we have a good working definition, let’s proceed!
“Meet Darwin” begins quite inconspicuously by introducing you to Darwin the Dog. The name Darwin, of course, is no coincidence. He is named after the famous 19th century scientist, Charles Darwin, who developed the theory of evolution. He published his work in “On the Origin of Species”, although this short book doesn’t go into any of that.
The first several pages are harmless, stating that Darwin loves to be silly and have fun and do science experiments to discover how the world works. That’s great! Science is awesome and can tell us a lot about the natural world. The real issues, however, begin on page five…
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