‘Intelligent Design’ Not Enough For Creationists, Now The Push For ‘Divine Mathematics’

Author: August 8, 2012 9:07 pm


For years now we have seen people seeking to push the bible into the science classroom. However, the move in recent years to push the religiously based ‘charter school’ system has opened up a new front in the war to erode critical thinking skills. No longer satisfied with pushing the rubbish of Creationism or abstinence only health education, now a new model is out, attacking the foundation of mathematics itself.

The A Beka Book company provides a great deal of the literature for these religious schools. We come to expect dominionists to push for their lies about science and history, but the A Beka Book company produces a whole range of dominionist school textbooks, including a revisionist form of mathematics not based on logic nor reason but instead “mathematics are a creation of God and thus absolute.”

Here is an example, taken from the A Beka Book piece titled “The Christian Approach to Elementary Math” originally published in 1980 and still used in their latest titles:

We are unabashed advocates of traditional math, not only because the students learn something that can be built upon, but also because it accords with our Christian viewpoints on education. Only from a Christian perspective can the basic rationale — the intrinsic reasonableness of traditional elementary math — be seen and appreciated. Traditional math will not succeed unless it is taught with the conviction that something more than arbitrary process derived from arbitrary principles is at work. The elementary student does not need to “understand” 2 + 2 = 4 in order to learn it and use it; he will learn the abstract principles later. But the elementary student does need to see his multiplication tables as part of the truth and order that God has built into reality. From the Christian perspective, 2 + 2 = 4 takes on cosmic significance, as does every fact of mathematics, however particular.

Note they call their Divine Mathematics “traditional math” in order to make it sound acceptable to a particular group of people. They are targeting the easily deceived who then feel that they are trying to restore “tradition.” They even claim that a student does not need to understand 2+2=4, only to accept it as a sign of divinity.*


This is a drive to undermine critical thinking, to set in stone to never question nor understand the foundations. As a result, they become to accept things at face value, hurting their ability to think for themselves. A crowd of sheep, brainwashed by whatever their elders tell them.

Their goal is a generation who are nothing but slaves, who have no idea that they are enslaved in the first place. This is why it was a felony to educate a slave in the south before the civil war, and why a man like Frederick Douglass so terrified those who would form the Confederacy. Now they aim to create a new slave caste, one based on ill education and ignorance.

And they aim to use our tax money to create it.

*Of course, adding two and two does not always mean the result is four, as any mathematician can tell you. For example, if you switch to base 3 math, suddenly 2+2 becomes 11, in base 4 it becomes 10. While an elementary student does not study different base mathematics, they need to understand the math itself, as these different base maths are the foundation of our technologically driven society. The computer that you and I both are sitting in front of at this moment works based on a combination of multiple base maths, base 2, base 8, and base 16. Without understanding the mathematical foundation, by just attributing it to divine providence, you cannot grasp the basics needed to work in the increasingly interconnected world we have today.

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  • Perhaps we should just humor these people since dominionist (as you call them) Christian fundamentalist are literally intellectually challenged. From the time I was 10 I was reared in a Pentecostal church (I am now 70). We were assured back then that Christ would return within the decade because the Jews were given a homeland in 1948. I can’t describe the nightmares this gave me in fear that I was not good enough and would be “left behind” – pun intended.

    Baptist and Pentecostal congregations were told in no uncertain terms that the second coming would happen in their lifetime. Well, most of those in those congregations then are now dead. Today you don’t hear much prophesy related to 1948. They were so sure of it back then, because the Bible told them so. (It amazes me that Jesus said the same thing to his disciples – that they would live to see him return. Second comers seem to overlook that or come up with some fractured explanation of why that did not happen).

    When I became an adult, the obvious became clear to me and I started to question everything I learned about creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and his ark, the second coming, etc. If a person has a logical mind, it does not take long to see the absurdities of these teachings. Many of those people older than I am and still alive cling to those beliefs partly because in their day there was little science taught that contradicted the Bible, and the Bible is the only thing they read (TV is a sin, so information for them is non-existent. Radio, which they listen to is an empty music box or a church service).

    Today, children are exposed to all sorts of information (unless you are a Dugger). There are wonderful science programs aimed at kids and adults, tons of books and magazines that explain science in ways anyone can understand. It has been my observation during my lifetime that children brought up in these churches are more likely to question their faith than a convert will. Converts must justify to themselves why they made the decision to join a group of fundamentalist and are far more likely to be the fanatic. I think this is true of all mystic beliefs. The answer of course is required science education. When elementary schools have it, it is such a bland course, careful not to step on anyone’s toes, that it is useless. That needs to change or we will become a third-world nation of Christian Taliban fanatics.

  • Perhaps we should just humor these people since dominionist (as you call them) Christian fundamentalist are literally intellectually challenged. From the time I was 10 I was reared in a pentacostal church (I am now 70). We were assured back then that Christ would return within the decade because the Jews were given a homeland in 1948. I can’t describe the nightmares this gave me in fear that I was not good enough and would be “left behind” – pun intended.

    Congregations were told in no uncertain terms that it would happen in their lifetime. Well, most of those in those congregations then are now dead. Today you don’t hear much prophesy related to 1948. And they were so sure of it back then, because the Bible told them so.

    When I became an adult the obvious became clear to me and I started to question everything that I was taught about creation, the second coming, etc. If a person has a logical mind, it does not take long to see the absurbities of these teachings. Many of those people older than I am and still alive cling to those beliefs partly because in their day there was little science taught that contradicted the Bible, and the Bible is the only thing they read. TV is a sin, so information for them is non-existent. Radio is an empty music box.

    Today, children are exposed to all sorts of information (unless you are a Dugger). There are wonderful science programs aimed at kids and adults, tons of books and magazines that explain science in ways anyone can understand. It has been my observation during my lifetime that children brought up in these churches are more likely to question their faith than a convert will. Converts must justify to themselves why they made the decision to join a group of fundamentalist and are far more likely to be the fanatic. I think this is true of all mystic beliefs. The answer of course is required science education. When elementry schools have it, it is such a bland course, careful not to step on anyone’s toes, that it is useless. That needs to change or we will become a third-world nation of Christian Taliban fanatics.

  • Next up — replacing Newtonian and Relativistic Physics with Devine Metaphysics.

  • Thanks for this. Ima mathematician and it’s ridiculous how often I have to demur from discussing numerology with the most apparently reasonable of folk.

    Just for fun… Here’s another way that 2+2 != 4. In an Integer Ring, say X in Z_3 (X modulo 3), then 2+2= 4 (mod 3) = 1.

    But yeah, I saw this last night on BoingBoing and reposted over here: http://bannedatheists.us/2012/08/09/what-do-christian-fundamentalists-have-against-set-theory/

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