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Well, there’s another new curriculum that’s encouraging compromise—but this one is being supported by software billionaire Bill Gates. Gates, who has backed the controversial Common Core curriculum, is helping David Christian (a historian) promote Christian’s “Big History” curriculum, according to an article by Stephen Beale in Crisis magazine.
“Big History” is now available for free online. As Beale writes, it was “piloted last year in 55 high schools—45 in the United States, including four Catholic ones.” And unlike typical history curriculums that start with recorded history, “Big History” starts at what David Christian considers the beginning: 13.7 billion years ago.
Of course, this totally contradicts the biblical timeline. When we calculate the ages mentioned in the genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11 as well as the time that has passed from Christ until today, we find that the universe is only about 6,000 years old. There’s quite a difference between 13,700,000,000 years and 6,000 years!
Of course, “Big History” doesn’t consider that biblical timeline. According to Beale’s article, David Christian considers the Bible’s account of creation to be a “myth.” And yet he wants to answer questions for students such as, “What does it mean to be human? Who am I? Where do I belong? What is the totality of which I am a part?”
The one place where we can find answers to these questions is Scripture—but “Big History” dismisses God’s Word in favor of evolutionary ideas. So how does David Christian plan to answer these questions? I would submit that he can’t answer them—at least not without actually drawing on scriptural principles.
God’s Word offers answers to these and many more of life’s questions, while at the same time serving as the true History Book of the Universe! What makes us human? It is the fact that God specially created man from the dust of the earth in His image (Genesis 2:26–27). Who are you? Well, if you trust Christ as Lord and believe in His Resurrection, you’re a child of God (Romans 10:9). If not, then you’re a child of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). Where do you belong? Originally, before the Fall, Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, which was paradise. But because of Adam’s sin, people are divided into two races: those who believe Christ and are in the “kingdom of his beloved Son,” as the Apostle Paul calls it, or those who are in rebellion against God and are in the “domain of darkness” (Colossians 1:13).
You see, it’s not “Big History” or David Christian that has the answers to these questions. The evolutionary worldview can’t provide humanity with a sense of purpose or hope. Instead, evolutionary ideas teach that human beings came about by chance processes, and that when man dies, that’s it! There is no hope of salvation . . . no life after death . . . nothing.
The God of the universe, the One who was there in the beginning, has not only left us an eyewitness account of what happened in the beginning—He also offers salvation freely in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I urge you, if you haven’t received salvation in Christ, to repent and believe the gospel today!
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Steve Golden assisted in the writing of this blog item.
Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible—particularly the book of Genesis—regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.