Humanism—the Religion of Public Schools!

by Ken Ham

Many of the modern battles against Christianity are being waged in government-run schools. All across America, secularists throw around the phrase “separation of church and state” (a phrase which, by the way, is not found in the US Constitution) and insist that any mention in schools of Christianity, the Bible, or even Intelligent Design is somehow a violation. And all the while their religions of humanism and atheism (which are belief systems about our world) are being openly and often exclusively taught in the public school system.


I’ve been pointing out for years that secular humanism is the reigning religion in the public schools of Western nations, and that this false teaching is deceiving many young people. In a recent interview, a journalist and author also laments the replacement of Christianity with humanism. He says that, despite the idea that public schools can’t teach religion to students, “schools do try to force a religion on children, but it’s not Christianity; rather, it is humanism . . . people think humanism’s not a religion. Well, it is a religion. It has been found to be a religion by the courts because it is a religion. It has articles of faith. It is based on faith.”

Millions of children here in America are indoctrinated each year with the religion of humanism. In public schools, they are taught that there is no God, that they are the result of random processes, and that there is no absolute standard for morality. No wonder so many young people have secular worldviews!

As parents, we have a responsibility to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6), and fathers are called to “bring [their children] up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). This includes helping them to develop a biblical worldview and to be prepared to answer the skeptical questions our secular culture asks. Because of the onslaught of secular teaching, it’s more important than ever that young people be solidly grounded in the Word of God and in biblical teaching.

I encourage you to check out my Foundations DVD series. This video set provides an introduction into a biblical worldview which starts our thinking with God’s Word in all areas. This would be an excellent series to view with your young people. Another superb resource, for younger children, is our Answers Book for Kids series. These books answer over 100 of the most common questions kids have about the Bible, science, dinosaurs, Noah’s Ark, salvation, and more. This series will help ground your kids in a biblical worldview from a young age. You can view these resources, and many more, in our online store.

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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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