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Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks For Homeschooled Monkeyboys

Hey there, history fans — time for another trippy trip back in time to the 1920s, that thrilling decade that brought us wacky fads like raccoon coats, bathtub gin, and Christian fundamentalism. This week, we’ll take a look at the 1925 Scopes “Monkey trial” and the religious infighting that helped propel it to national headlines. Of course, we’ll be looking at it through the lens of two rightwing Christian textbooks aimed at the private school/homeschool market, so you may want to want to pursue some reliable reading as well. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks For Homeschooled Monkeyboys…
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Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks To Shield Your Homeschooled Darlings From Dangerous Modern Thinking

Time to round out our visit to the turn of the 20th Century — as seen through the lens of rightwing Christian textbooks — with a brief discussion of the dangerous ideas that began infecting the world in the late 19th century. Persons prone to the vapors may wish to have a couch and some smelling salts handy. For our 8th-grade textbook from A Beka, America: Land I Love, the last years of the 19th century were a terrific time when Christian revival and missions had “improved the moral health of America and many other nations.” Unfortunately, history is not merely the study of world events; it is also the study of how incorporeal beings become personally involved in those events: Homes, churches, schools, businesses, and government agencies also upheld and promoted Christian values and virtues. But Satan counter-moved the spiritual influences in America by raising up false, anti-Biblical philosophies that would eventually erode our Christian heritage. He “hatched” the ideas of Modernism (religious liberalism), evolution, Marxist-socialism (Communism), progressive education, and modern psychology in the latter half of the 19th century, but they did not affect society until the 20th century and did not come into full bloom until the latter half of the 20th century. Our 11th/12th-grade textbook, United States History for Christian Schools (Bob Jones University Press, 2001), is similarly displeased by newfangled thinking, but doesn’t directly attribute evolution or psychology to Satan himself — parents homeschooling their high school-aged kids may therefore want to select Pensacola Christian College, the publishers of A Beka Books, over those wild-eyed radicals at Bob Jones, with their “anything goes” doctrine. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks To Shield Your Homeschooled Darlings From Dangerous Modern Thinking…
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Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That May Not Know About Art, But Knows What God Likes

It’s Art Depreciation Day for Homeschoolers, as we learn from our 10th-Grade textbook, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective. After polishing off the dangerous liberal fads of “philosphy” and “education” last week, we’re now ready to learn all about how godless liberals tried to wreck culture through their pernicious effects on the arts! Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That May Not Know About Art, But Knows What God Likes…
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Sundays With The Christianists: With This ‘World History’ Textbook, Your Homeschooled Babbies Will Not Evolve

It’s time for another visit to the funhouse mirror held up to history by our 10th-grade textbook for homeschoolers, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective. If the Church of Rome was the textbook’s designated Big Bad for the period from Constantine through the Reformation, then history’s other greatest monster is Charles Darwin, who along with Karl Marx, provides the heresies against which World History will kick for most of the modern era. Buckle up, gentle readers — we’re headed for a Culture War zone. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: With This ‘World History’ Textbook, Your Homeschooled Babbies Will Not Evolve…