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Fundie Friday part 4

September 17, 2010

Places don’t get much more “Fundie” than Bob Jones University, and luckily for us they have a huge publishing arm that churns out textbooks and curriculum for Christian schools.  The picture above is a scanned picture of a page from their 4th grade science textbook, appropriately named Science 4.

So you wanna know how electricity works, kid?  Well, too bad- it’s a mystery.  Here’s a Bible verse about lightning instead.

The publisher acknowledged the “debate” around this particular page and defended himself on the BJU Press Website over here.

What do you think?  Is this a satisfactory way to teach 4th graders about science, or is this another example of the religious “dumbing down” of science?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Brian permalink
    September 17, 2010 3:35 pm

    Well there are some things I’m willing to buy the “God of the gaps” theory, but it’s a shame that someone actually is applying it to electricity. The problem is the Bob Jones types read the same crap when they went to school and still probably honestly believe we know nothing about electricity, when in fact, I just read an article about a breakthrough in computer speed by applying quantum mechanics, which allows a single particle to be in multiple places at the same time. That’s crazy to me, but that doesn’t mean science doesn’t already have an explanation for it. I think this guys brain would spontaneously combust if he heard about that. Then that would set of a chain reaction because none of his friends and family could explain how someone’s brain could spontaneously combust.

  2. September 18, 2010 2:47 pm

    Dear Wes:

    Where do you get this stuff?


    • Wes permalink*
      September 18, 2010 3:01 pm

      Dear Emily,

      They crystallize on my lawn each morning, not unlike manna.


  3. Josh permalink
    September 18, 2010 6:25 pm

    I had Bob Jones textbooks sometimes at the schools I went to; this seems about right. Science books that don’t say much besides “Jesus is magic and he made all this stuff be awesome,” English books that don’t have any literature that’s remotely controversial, Bible books that are illustrated with Christians wearing ties and parting their hair and sinners wearing shorts and smoking, etc.

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