The "Engine" of Atheism

by A. A. Hodge
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Abstract: The following is taken from A. A. Hodge's Evangelical Theology (first published in 1890).  This particular excerpt comes from the lecture on "The Kingly Office of Christ."  Dr. Hodge has just finished expounding the implication of Christ's kingship for the civil government stating that the State has the obligation to be Christian, acknowledging Christ's Lordship and following His Word.  He now draws out this obligation further as it relates to State-controlled education (the public school system) showing that it is impossible for a system under a supposedly "neutral" State to be anything other than a vicious engine of atheism.  This is precisely what we have lived to see the Public School system become in our day.  Dr. Hodge saw it coming over 100 years ago.

*J. Steven Wilkins, Pastor of Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Monroe, Louisiana
The overwhelming importance of this principle and weight of this obligation (i.e. State controlled education) appear in the clearest light the moment the nation claims to regulate the supreme function of education.  It is insisted upon that the right of self-preservation is the highest law of States as well as of individuals; that if the suffrage is universal, all holders of that suffrage must be educated in order to secure the heterogeneous character of our population and the divisions of the Christian Church, there is no agency in existence competent to educate the whole body of the holders of the universal suffrage except the State herself.

The situation, therefore, stands thus:

1st.  The tendency of the entire system, in which already vast progress has been made(In 1890's ??), is to centralization.  Each State governs her own system of common schools by a central agency, which brings them, for the sake of greater efficiency, into uniformity of method and rules.  These schools are graded and supplemented by normal schools, high schools, and crowned by the State university.  The tendency is to unite all these school systems of the several States in one uniform national system, providing with all the abundant resources of the nation for the entire education of its citizens in every department of human knowledge, and in doing this to establish a uniform curriculum of study, uniform standards for the selection of teachers, and a uniform school literary apparatus of text-books, etc.. (Did the DOE and NEA get its platform, goals and resolutions here!!)

2nd   The tendency is to hold that this system must be altogether secular . (now by Supreme Court decree!). The atheistic doctrine ( The Doctrine of Denial (DOD))is gaining currency, even among professed Christians (the baby, carnal or backslidden) and even among some bewildered Christian ministers, that an education provided by the common government for the children of diverse religious parties should be entirely emptied of all religious character. (!)  The Protestants object to the government schools being used for the purpose of inculcating the doctrines of the Catholic church, and Romanists object to the use of the Protestant version of the Bible and to the inculcation of the peculiar doctrines of the Protestant churches.  The Jews protest against the schools being used to inculcate Christianity in any form, and the atheists and agnostics protest against any teaching that implies the existence and moral government of God.  It is capable of exact demonstration that if every party in the State has the right of excluding from the public schools whatever he does not believe to be true, then he that believes most must give way to him that believes least, and then he that believes least must give way to him the believes absolutely nothing, no matter in how small a minority the atheists and the agnostics may be. ( Then those that believe nothing will be those who make evil legal!)  It is self-evident that on this scheme, if it is consistently and persistently carried out in all parts of the country, the United States system of national popular education will be the most efficient and wide instrument for the propagation of atheism which the world has ever seen.   (Dummed Down for 100+ years!  Who would have guessed that the great educational riches of discipleship of the early American Church and culture would have enough "righteousness" to give up or give away for over 100 years!  Every American PS family (and church) is dozing here in utter spiritual poverty not even able to comprehend the totality of the loss. We've all been cheated.) ( What would Dr. Hodge have said of the United Nations, an atheistic, non sovereign, foreign government being the author and initiator of  Goals 2000, the USA's Education Mandate that was approved by Congress?!)

3rd. The claim of impartiality between positions as directly contradictory as that of Jews, Mohammedans, and Christians, and especially as that of theists and of atheists, is evidently absurd. And no less is the claim absurd and impossible that a system of education can be indifferent on these fundamental subjects.  There is no possible branch of human knowledge which is not purely formal, like abstract logic or mathematics, which can be known or taught in a spirit of entire indifferency between theism and atheism.  Every department which deals with realities, either principles, objective things, or substances, or with events, must be in reality one or the other: if it be not positively and confessedly theistic, it must be really and in full effect atheistic.  The physical as well as the moral universe must be conceived either in a theistic or an atheistic light.  It must originate in and develop through intelligent will - that is, in a person - or in atoms, force or chance.  Teleology 1. must be acknowledged everywhere or be denied everywhere.  Philosophy, ethics, jurisprudence, political and social science, can be conceived of and treated only from a theistic or from an atheistic point of view.  The proposal to treat them from a neutral point of view is ignorant and absurd(Reality, Absolute Truth and scientific truth cannot coexist with the atheist's Doctrine of Denial (DOD).)

The prevalent superstition  (Anti Christian Theory (ACT)) that men can be educated for good citizenship, or for any other use under heaven, without religion, is as unscientific and unphilosophical as it is irreligious.  It (ACT) deliberately leaves out of view (denies) the most essential and controlling elements of human character: that man is constitutionally as religious (that is, loyally or disloyally) as he is rational; that morals are impossible when dissociated from the religious basis out of which they grow; that, as a matter of fact, human liberty and stable republican institutions, and every practically successful scheme of universal education in all past history, have originated in the active ministries of the Christian religion, and in these alone.  This miserable superstition (ACT) rests upon no facts of experience, and, on the contrary, is maintained on purely theoretical grounds in opposition to all the lessons which the past history of our race furnishes on the subject.  ( This ACT relies on the atheist's DOD of the Truth of History. )

It is no answer to say that the deficiency of the national system of education in this regard will be adequately supplied by the activities of the Christian churches.  No court would admit in excuse for the diffusion of poison the pleas that the poisoner knew of another agent actively employed in diffusing an antidote.  Moreover, the churches, divided and without national recognition, would be able very inadequately to counteract the deadly evil done by the public schools of the State with all the resources and prestige of the government. But more than all, atheism taught in the school cannot be counteracted by theism taught in the Church.2. & 3.   Theism and atheism cannot coalesce to make anything. All truth in all spheres is organically one and vitally inseparable.  It is impossible for different agencies independently to discuss and inculcate the religious and the purely naturalistic sides of truth respectively.  They cannot be separated.  In some degree they must recognize each other, and be taught together, as they are experienced in their natural relations.   (  All disbelief cannot be eliminated from classrooms because kids by birth are ignorant and are born into a vacuum of facts and ignorant of Truth.  Both adults and kids who are seeking Absolute Truth must get out of denial, acknowledge God and  [Repent ] .  Salvation comes by faith that Jesus is the Christ and by repentance of one's sin, hence acknowledging and rejecting our own individual Doctrine Of Denial(DOD).  There is no reconciliation of relationships until all involved: reject their denial, and face the truth, and accept personal responsibility for their actions and their state of being.)

I am as sure as I am of the fact of Christ's reign that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed,will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief, and of anti-social, nihilistic 4. ethics, individual, social, and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.  Dr. A.A. Hodge (see rewrites below by ed.)


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Footnotes:
1. teleology;  tel `e*ol ` o*gy , 1. The fact or the character of being directed toward an end or shaped by a purpose; - said esp. of natural processes, or of nature as a whole. 2.  The doctrine or belief that design is apparent or ends are immanent, in nature; esp., the vitalist doctrine that the processes of life are not exclusively determined by mechanical causes, but are directed to the realization of certain normal wholes or entelechies; - opposed to mechanism.  - Webster's New Collegiate, 1949.
2. In 2000 AD prior to the discovery of Hodge's document a calculation was performed to determine the Christian Church's influence on her children. See CalcPrim.htm for an analysis based on time.
3.Later in 2003 AD another a calculation was performed to determine the Christian Church's influence on just high school kids.  See CalcPrim03.htm .  This was further refined and summarized in:  CalcPrim04.htm
.4. nihilism; ni ` hil*ism , [Latin nihil nothing.] 1. Philos. a.  A doctrine which denies any objective or real ground of truth. b.  The doctrine which denies any objective ground of moral principles; - called also ethical nihilism. 2.  a.  The doctrine that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake, independent of any constructive program; esp. [cap.], the program or doctrine of a Russian party of the 19th and 20th centuries, who proposed various schemes of revolutionary reform and resorted to terrorism. b.  In loose usage, revolutionary propaganda; terrorism.    - Webster's New Collegiate, 1949.
     1. In other words the Doctrine Of Denial (DOD) as currently practiced in the USA is: outrageous rebellion against all things of God, Country, Life and every authoritative and traditional idealThis leads to social, political, civil and governmental chaos.  Note also that the word "terrorism" is used TWICE in Webster's  definition above!.
    2. [Sectarian is defined here to show that the word "sects" as used in certain Supreme Court decisions should not be narrowly interpreted as Christian denominations, but can also apply to the religious faith of the secularist!  And the Religion of Secularism! - ed.]
sectarian ; sec*tar ` i*an ,n.  One of a sect; a member or adherent of a special school, denomination, or religious or philosophical party; one of a party in religion which has separated itself from established church, or which holds tenets different from those of the prevailing denomination in a state.     Syn: See Heretic.  -  Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1996,  1998 MICRA, Inc.
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Other Notes:
'but judge this rather' + Rewrites.
Many people don't know what judging is.
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'but judge this':     A lot of people will quote the Bible 'judge not least you be judged in order to stop debate on evil motivations.  Consider  the word study below for Romans 14:13 (KJV).  This verse could be interpreted: "Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put an occasion of apostasy or a cause of sin in his brother's way."  Today's public schools are an 'occasion of apostasy' and a 'cause of sin'.
 
Romans 14:13 [ KING JAMES VERSION:  http://www.biblegateway.com] 13  Let us not therefore judge one another any more:but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock(4348) or an occasion to fall (o.t.f.= 4625) in his brother's way.
Although Strong's Exhaustive Concordance (KJV ) both online and hard copy book are similar, the following definitions and translations were taken from Strong's hard back book for a more direct i.e. the figurative connection to "apostasy" and "sin" respectively.  (Definitions precede this sign: " :-- "  and translations follow it.)
4348
Strong's Number:  4348, Original Word  "provskomma";  Phonetic Spelling  "pros'-kom-mah"  from (4350); a stub, i.e. (fig.) occasion of apostasy :--  offense, stumbling, (-block, [-stone]).
4625
Strong's Number:  4625  Original Word "skavndalon", "skan'-dal-on" , ("scandal"); prob. from a der. of (2578); a trap-stick, (bent sapling), i.e. snare (fig. cause of displeasure or sin) :--  occasion to fall (of stumbling), offense, thing that offends, stumblingblock.
apostasy ; a-pos`ta-si ,n.  Abandonment of what one has voluntarily professed; total desertion of principles or faith. Websters New Collegiate Dictionary, 1949.
Or:
Ref: Romans 14:13 [ American Standard Version (ASV)  http://www.biblegateway.com]    13  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge ye this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock in his brother's way, or an occasion of falling.  Or,
Ref: Romans 14:13 [ Darby Translation (DARBY)  http://www.biblegateway.com] 13   Let us no longer therefore judge one another; but judge ye this rather, not to put a stumbling-block or a fall-trap before his brother.
 This verse could be interpreted: "Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put an occasion of apostasy or a cause of sin in his brother's way.Today's public schools are an 'occasion of apostasy' and a 'cause of sin'.




Rewrites: These two rewrites of Dr. AA Hodge's quotes are for the purpose of viewing his observations in a slightly more modern light, i.e. updated for personal clarification.

     (1.) I am as sure as I am of the fact of Christ's reign that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education ( with monopolistic and atheistic industries with paid lobbyists which include: textbook publishers, teachers unions, professional education associations of each kind, school psychiatrists & nurses, the liberal media, the UN, etc.) separated from (the Christian) religion, as is now ( accomplished; and, which has proven to be ) commonly proposed, will prove  the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief, and of anti-social, nihilistic ethics, individual, social, and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.  Up to Hodge's original; "I am ..."
 
     (2.) It is capable of exact demonstration that if every party Secularist in the State has the right of excluding from the public schools whatever he (denies) to be true, then he that believes most must give way to him that (denies) least, and then he that (denies) least must give way to him who (denies) absolutely (everything), no matter in how small a minority the atheists and the agnostics may be. (This tactic is nothing less than proselyting for the non neutral, Machiavellian, nihilistic, anarchist, 'Religion of Secularism'.)  Up to Hodge's original; "It is ..."

When you Repent!, God will say of you as he said of others; "I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely ..." [Hosea 14:4]

( The Federal Church; officially Established, Legislated, Controlled and Protected by the Supreme Court is now herein identified as: "The State's Proselyting Religion of Secularism".  For more information on "The Federal Church"  See the list of articles of: The Parents' "State of Education" Message(s). AD 2003 and 2004., )

Charles F. Potter, an American humanist and Unitarian minister: "Education is a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday Schools, meeting for an hour, once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?" from "Humanism, America's New Religion", 1930