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I n th is day of emphasis upon state-supported colleges and univer sities, with their modern facilities, what is the necessity for a private Christian school? The answer becomes increasingly important not only to Chris tians, but to all America. Our nation was founded upon Christian principles. W e then recognized our national and individual dependence upon God. Study of the Bible was a part of our daily lives. As indicative of our belief in God in the early history of this country, it is interesting to look at our historic documents such as the United States Constitution which states that it was signed "the Seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Seven.” In court proceedings, it has always been our general custom to have a witness take an oath that he will testify to "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.” It is not only our historical documents and customs, however, that are revealing. Famous Americans throughout our illustrious history have recognized their dependence upon the Bible. For ex ample, George Washington stated: "I t is impossible to govern the world without the Bible.” Numerous other quotations could be referred to but this is sufficient to show the past attitude of leaders of our country with respect to the Bible. Even more significant is that the foundation of education in America was laid in schools that not only read the Bible, but also taught their pupils the supreme importance of its message. That the religious purpose was dominant in our first schools was evidenced in the textbooks that they used. For the first fifty years the Bible was the only universally used textbook. In 1690 the New Eng land Primer was published. Drawing heavily from the Scripture texts, it also contained both the Westminster Catechism and John Cotton’s "Spiritual Milk for American Babes.” It has been said that "i t taught millions to read, and not one to sin.” This remarkable textbook was the chief school and reading book for the next cen tury and a quarter, and was widely used for an additional twenty- five years (to 1840).
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When The New England Primer yielded its place as the most widely used textbook, it was succeeded by the notable McGuffey’s Readers, which were likewise saturated with direct instruction in Scripture and moral principles drawn from the Bible. For the first four-fifths of our American history the Bible not only was widely read in our schools, but its teachings also dominated the content of our most extensively used lower grade textbooks. Further, many of America’s great universities were founded by Christians. For example: Flarvard was founded in 1636 by John Harvard, a young Puritan clergyman. Yale was founded in 1701 by ten Connecticut clergymen. Princeton was founded in 1746 by the Presbyterian Church. But something happened: About 1850 an organized movement * to secularize American education first became noticeable. This secular trend developed along two lines: First, the use and influence of the Bible in the schoolroom and in textbooks were gradually reduced. A comparatively recent survey of the "readers” used for textbooks in Massachusetts schools revealed that in 1800 spiritual and moral lessons accounted for 99 per cent of the content. By 1875 the spiritual and moral content of the read- . ers had been reduced to 50 per cent. By 1946, less than one per cent of the material in the readers used in the public schools of Massachu setts had any moral or spiritual significance. These figures are typical of the trend in the content of American textbooks. As a conse quence, pupils began to study the universe and the world we live in with no reference to the Creator; they studied the history of prime ministers and potentates with no mention of the King of kings. The second line of development to propagate secularized edu cation was through the teacher training schools. Here young teach ers were trained in the philosophy that no spiritual values were to be mentioned in the classrooms. As the atheistic philosophy of the new Paganism came to dominate the thinking of professors of edu cation, Biblical faith was sneered at as superstition, and human in tellect under the control of science was enthroned. The secularizing of American education was tremendously ac celerated during the 1930’s, when many of our leading educators visited Communist Russia. Among these were John Dewey, William Kilpatrick, George Counts, Harold Rugg and Boyd Bode. There these educators saw a society based on three principles: 1. 3. Man is completely the product of his environment. By con trolling the surroundings it is possible to create a new man. Economic determinism, as this is called, denies spiritual forces and denies ► the necessity of supernatural intervention to make man a "new creation.” (continued on page 8) MAY. IM S supreme. In other words, "There is no God.” i 2. Man is an animal, the product of evolutionary forces. Since there is no God, obviously man is not a special creation.
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CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (cont.) by Roger Arnebergh With John Dewey as philosopher- captain, William Kilpatrick as inter preter - lieutenant, and a corps of loyal associates, the movement to take God out of American education has proceeded at an ever-accelerating rate. Education in the public schools in America is today almost completely secularized. As Dr. C. C. Morrison, former editor of The Christian Cen tury, said: “The public schools are creating a secular mentality faster than the Church can Christianize it.” Court decisions have gone hand- in-hand with the efforts of educators to secularize American public educa tion: 1. The United States Suprem e Court says we can’t even give away the King James edition of the Bible on school property. 2. Recent decisions of this same Court even prohibit prayer in public schools. 3. State Supreme Courts in vari ous states have specifically excluded the Bible from public schools. The effect of these decisions, from a practical point of view, is to ex clude the Bible, in fact, to exclude God, from our public schools. Insofar as I know, there are only two coun tries in the world in which it is for bidden by law to teach the Bible in the public schools. These countries are Russia and the United States. That America was a Christian na tion formerly could be taken for granted. Now we have cause to pause and consider: Is America still a Christian nation? Some time ago I saw the famous statue of the “ Pioneer Mother.” As you know, this depicts a mother with a Bible in one hand, and leading her child by the other. That was true of the pioneer mother. Today many of the mothers I see are holding a cock tail in one hand and a cigarette in the other. What is the impact of all this on the youth of today? Is education without God complete? And what im pression is made upon the minds of youth by secularized or godless edu cation ? It is logical, to assume that every thing important is being taught in school. One goes to school to become educated, to learn everything desir able or helpful, especially in the pub lic schools of today : the three “ R’s" (to an extent at least) are taught in our public schools; “ life adjust ment,” including “ How to act on a date,” is taught; “ Social Studies,” (Concluded on next page)
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CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS (eont.) including “How to select good radio programs,” are taught; music, arts, drama, dancing, sports are taught. In fact, everything, except religion, is taught. It is not surprising that the stu dent naturally assumes the Bible is unnecessary and unimportant. As it is not taught, he logically assumes it is not worth while. In fact, each day private schools and colleges become more necessary if we are to have academic freedom in the proper sense. This is especially true in view of the gradual inroads being made toward federally con trolled, standardized, godless instruc tion. This danger is more insidious and imminent than generally real ized. It would be catastrophic to the America we know—fatal to a Chris tian America— if our schools con sisted only of a nationally controlled public school system. Our education would become totally secular or god less, and ultimately the youth of America would become completely indoctrinated into a standardized mold of political philosophy. This could lead eventually to blind adher ence to the whims of an absolute dictator. I am not attacking our public schools as such. My point is that if we have only public schools, then a serious danger exists, even aside from the spiritual values lost be cause of their secularization. How can a Christian prepare for life without God? For a Christian youth to prepare fully for life re quires the coordinated impact of home, church and school. The social pressure of the school which excludes God from its pro gram, and the subtle undermining of the Christian faith resulting from a secularized education, are tremen dous forces driving our people away from their Christian heritage. Many of you who are concerned about the spiritual welfare of your children — and of the nation — are convinced that the Christian college is God’s answer to this problem. In this hour of crisis, let us turn to them to prepare a militant body of believers who will have the cour age and the training to support the cause of Christ and His Church! In addition to being Los Angeles City Attorney, Mr. Amebergh is a member of the Biola Board of Direc tors, and attends the First Presby terian Church of Hollywood. He was elected to his present civic position in the 195S primaries, and has been an outstanding spokesman for Chris tian principles.
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sion, discipline, understanding. And Biola — the school itself as distinct from its physical location— has always been your home. It is not merely a place where you stayed with us for a short time until the Lord called you to serve Him elsewhere. Rather, it is a refuge to come back to (in thought and in fact), with eagerness and with joy, an area for sharing, with neophites, the chal lenges of your own God-given task. Yesterday Dr. Sutherland and I (M.S.H.) stood at the very spot where the Alumni Building is planned to be erected. In the rosy glow of a California sunset, in imagination I saw you coming back to the Biola we all love. Though ground has not yet been broken for “your” building, because of a prudent policy of ad vancing only as funds are available, I saw you tour this restful and com modious structure in amazed won der at what the Lord has done for the school, and in gratitude that this part of a growing modern plant is yours. Proposed Alumni Building Entering, you found the busy Alumni Secretary’s office and two other rooms particularly for alumni use, the prayer room and the lounge. You stepped into the hall named for Miss Emily Alexander, your friend and missionary-hearted Bible Wom an to whom all Biola students were dear. Here you found a meeting place for groups of 350 or less, pro vided with excellent visual aid equip ment. You saw that in six classrooms, in constant use by students, “mis sions” was emphasized by planned displays featuring a new field each week. You looked ahead, as we all do, to future additions to your building which will offer overnight housing on campus for alumni guests. All that stands between the antici pation and the reality is the provi sion of remaining funds for the building’s completion. Will you ask God, as we do, to send them speedily? We want to welcome you here for a visit—soon.
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One cannot help but be tremen dously impressed by the outstanding kits which have been prepared by this leading West Coast publisher, yet the word “kit” hardly describes the beautiful presentation sets of outstanding “ all new” m a te r ia ls based on the theme, “ Discovering Christ.” The entire subject matter, as well as coordinated feature mate rial, is based on relating the Word of God and the message of Christ to the modern space age. This year, too, Gospel Light Press puts a heavy emphasis pn Bible vis uals with gianj; 11 by 17 colorful pic ture stories, bringing a new concept to this important area. A dramatic filmstrip prepared by Ethel Barrett is a v a ila b le to churches. She has also recorded some excellent 7 inch LP albums on the various phases of Vacation Bible Schools. Concordia Publishing House S t Louis, Missouri Four complete craft sets for nurs ery, kindergarten, junior, and junior high are among the art projects from the outstanding Lutheran publishing firm. The appropriate theme for the 10-day Vacation Bible School is “ God’s Children Pray.” The art work in color with the various children of different nationalities is particularly appealing. The publishers feel that one of the most awesome and yet blessed privileges a Christian pos sesses is that of prayer, yet it is one most often neglected. Great Commission Publications 7401 Old York Road Philadelphia 26, Pennsylvania From the Orthodox Presbyterian Church a new series of Vacation Bible School materials has been pro duced, samples of which are avail able in an attractive kit. Complete information is listed in a handy 24- page catalogue, available upon re quest. Work books are available for younger groups. The G reat Commission stresses “ full Bible content” with the sugges tion, “ Let the Bible speak for itself.”
Utilizing a new theme, “ Proclaim ing Christ Our Peace,” Scripture Press Publications of Wheaton, Illi nois has produced some outstanding materials for this important aspect for the church’s summer program. A helpful kit contains descriptive materials, including a leader’s hand book with new ideas for VBS plan ning, preparation and publicity. In addition, there are 20 VBS charts and check lists. Before making any final decisions, the Christian educa tion director, or the appointed com mittee contemplating the plans for VBS, will want to make a careful study of these features. (The kit also includes a $2.50 credit certificate for orders totaling $25.00 or more.) A film strip, showing the “ Royal Commission,” is available for teach er-training. It is also ideal in de partmental staff meetings, workers’ conferences as well as parent-teacher meetings. Actually, eight new de partmental film strips are offered this year covering the areas from nursery to the adults. Standard Publishing Hamilton Avenue at 8100 Cincinnati, Ohio One of the most impressive sample kits for this year has been produced by Standard Publishing Company and resembles a colorful brief case or portfolio. The theme for 1965 is “ My Saviour Teaches Me.” An excel lent plan directory is presented which also serves as an order book, including special gifts and awards. The areas of concentration are on nursery - pre-school, beginner, pri mary, junior, and junior high. For the director there is a special man ual and song book. Standard also is making available a new film strip with the title, “ Seek Ye First the Kingdom.” A recorded narration is available for the picture. Crafts are always an important item and this publisher has produced in triguing materials for each of the five grades. Every box contains proj ects designed to last for the entire conference.
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WANDERING IN A WONDERLAND
A lice in W onderland ’ s L ewis C arroll wrote another kbook, Alice Through the Looking-glass. I like to read it when I was a boy. Everything was backwards in Looking-glass Land. When I survey the present-day evangelical situation I get the same impression that I used to have reading Alice’s adventures on the other side of the mirror. Pity any old-fashioned Christian who tries to put the puzzle together. He may end up like the Dutchman who said, “Vot is all dis fussing about? I sure vould like to get into a good old Jesus meeting.” Satan seems to have executed a master stroke by enveloping us in general confusion. He is an artist in deception and “while men slept” he has sowed a crop of tares that only a few can distinguish from wheat. He would deceive, if it were possible, the very elect and never did the saints need so much grace for dis cernment to try the spirits whether they be of God. Out of all this, two extremes have developed: some spend all their time with a microscope looking for error and lose the joy of their salvation; others trying to be gracious end up being gullible, like the Hollywood actress who explained her interest in astrology by say ing, “ I believe in everything a little bit.” Looking-glass Land is tame compared to the reli gious menagerie today. All sorts of strange causes are championed. For a little publicity, men who ought to know better break into print with the wildest of state ments. We are supposed to be in a religious renaissance much of which may be a cheap substitute for the real thing. Sunday morning crowds at church would not deceive Isaiah or Amos, and Paul forewarned us about a facade of godliness without power. All the pitiful fleshly tricks to drum up interest by contests and prizes are but a parody on the apostolic church. We are about to blow a fuse trying to sound as intellectual as the modernists. And when a scientist says a good word for the Bible we go into raptures as though that settled it.
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claiming the gospel. A child has a sense of wonder. Gypsy Smith ex plained the secret of the freshness of his ministry into the ’80s by saying, “ I have never lost the wonder.” We are in a battle of wits and a bustle of works in the church these days but somewhere amidst the wits and the works we have lost the wonder. And nothing on earth can be so dry, stale, flat and unprofitable as Chris tian work without the wonder, the statutes without the song, the words without the music. W H A T DID TH E Y HAVE? The early church did not have much that we have but they had something we do not always seem to have. They knew the Lord, they were filled with the Spirit, they loved each other, everyone was a missionary and they were looking for the Lord to return. They had wits aplenty, keen intellects, and works abounded for theirs was a labor of love, but all this was glorified and trans formed by the Spirit of God. They were “ open on the Godward side,” as Dr. Phillips puts it. Today much of evangelical Christianity is like John Wesley before Aldersgate, well-reared, educated, hard working, separated, missionary-minded, but for all that, trying to take off on a cold motor. Until its heart is strangely warmed it will continue to wander like Alice in Wonderland. W H A T IS TH E ANSWER? But how shall we change from childishness to child likeness? Our Lord told us: “ Except ye be converted and become as little children . . . ” Conversion comes first. There must be a radical turn, an about-face. We need a heartwarming. So, amidst all the panels and symposiums, we had better, along with the aforementioned Dutchman, “ get into a good old Jesus meeting.” If we cannot find one, let us have one personally and then invite the neighbors. If any man will open the door, He will come in. Where two or three gather in His name He is there. That is a Jesus meeting and it is the only answer to wandering in Wonderland.
Land are the Rethinkers, Revaluators and Reappraisers of everything from inspiration to the tribulation. One would think it a late date to be examining the foun dations of our faith. Some theologians may need to be examined. And it need not be so disturbing just because Martin Luther or some other worthy may have had his doubts as to the canonicity of a book or two in the Bible. The Bible does not stand or fall with any man. Every man stands or falls on his relation to the Word of God. “ Let God be true but every man a liar.” And how tragic that Bible believers should fall into the subtle trap of arguing the tribulation so vehemently that we have little time to simply rejoice in the blessed hope! We pilgrims are discussing the timetable and missing the scenery. And now comes a new tempest over worldliness and separation. A few fundamentalists with their rigid “don’ts” come in for a blasting. Most church members that I know are in no danger of becoming puritanical. A lot of ink could be used on the wilderness wanderers who would rather have Egypt’s melons than Canaan’s manna. SHALL WE MAKE TRUCE? Then, too, what about another crowd that one sel dom hears mentioned, Christians who say they are living in the land but who have come to an armistice with the Philistines and a truce with Gibeon ? Certainly we need to get out into the world and let our light shine in a dark place. But a godless generation will have little truck with a real Christian, and how strangers and pil grims can be hail-fellows-well-met and chummy with a pagan age is not set forth in the New Testament. Most of the efforts made today to clarify the issue of separa tion only confuse it and give false comfort to worldly- minded Christians. Obviously, the way out of a stupor is not by getting into a stew. Can a man be a simple, humble, plain Chris tian today? Our Lord said that we must be childlike if we would enter the kingdom. Too many are childish instead, children of the market place as our Lord called them, playing church instead of practicing and pro
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Is Capital Punishment a Crime Deterrent? by Charles L. Feinberg, Th.D., Ph.D. Dean, Talbot Thelogical Seminary
I T seems that periodically , especially after some murder of national implications or publicizing, our country is afforded the doubtful privilege of more advice on the matter of capital punishment. We are
reminded of the remark of the jury member who was asked his opinion of capital punishment and rejoined, “ I favor it if it is not too severe.” The recurring argument is that capital punishment
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instinctive awareness that most criminals are created by society itself. Sensing this, they experience further feelings of guilt for society’s punitive measures toward malefactors. But most persons tolerate guilt feelings badly and, in order to defend themselves against them, make use of massive denial, resulting in the expression of an unreasonable degree of hostility.” This is one of the strangest evaluations of the subject that have come to hand. It is not new that modern sociology lays the blame for crime on society instead of the individual. Apparently, the best punishment for society, then, is to be compelled to live with the criminal. If ever there was a case of misplaced responsibility, this is it, yet it is con tinually offered to explain why deadly criminals are to receive a slap on the wrist or token punishment at the most. We must have some way of salving our guilty consciences. But to accuse society of allowing these guilt feelings to rise to such a pitch, that it is prepared to commit a mass crime, is so far afield that this pill will not down, no matter how sugar-coated. At this point it may be allowed to turn our attention to some authoritative pronouncements of the Word of God on the subject. In Genesis 9:5, 6 it is written: “ And surely your blood, the blood of your lives, will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it: and at the hand of man, even at the hand of every man’s brother, will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” In regard to the cities of refuge to be set apart in Israel it was recorded in Numbers 35:31, 33, 34: “Moreover ye shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer, that is guilty of death; but he shall surely be put to death. . . . So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood, it polluteth the land; and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. And thou shalt not defile the land which ye inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell: for I, the Lord, dwell in the midst of the children of Israel.” Paul, in treating of the authority of governments, declared in Romans 13:4: “ But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is a minister of God, an avenger for wrath to him that doeth evil.” Some pointed questions are in order here. When the subject of capital punishment is discussed, how often is God brought into the matter? Nowhere does the emi nent psychiatry professor even mention God. Since He is the sovereign Lord of life, is He not to be considered ? Is it not an impertinence of immense proportions to rule Him out of the discussion? Is it not true that those who are so adamant against capital punishment, often favor no reasonable punishment of offenders? They often rec ommend psychiatric treatment in institutions, from which all too often the guilty are soon released to prey once more upon society, and perpetrate more and even greater crimes against society. The basic trouble is that psychiatry as such, and much of modern penology, re fuses to take the Biblical estimate of human nature, disclaiming all desire to assign responsibility, because they loudly affirm this is the realm of the metaphysician Finally, the discussion of capital punishment will never make any headway until God’s pronouncements in the matter are taken at their full and proper value, and the concept of a deterrent is eliminated in the case of the murderer, for the Word of God does not even inti mate that this is a primary consideration. We have been far afield in this crucial matter for too long; it is time the subject was treated from the Biblical standpoint.
is useless and eminently ineffective as a deterrent. It should be pointed out that it is the most effective deter rent to further crime as far as the executed criminal is concerned. But is this the chief consideration in the mat ter of executing a murderer? In the John Hopkins Magazine for May, 1964, in an article entitled, “ Jack Ruby, The Law, And Psychiatry,” by Manfred S. Guttmacher, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The Hopkins, and chief medical officer of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore since 1920, the posi tion is taken (p. 28 ): “ Capital punishment has virtually no deterrent force. First of all, a great majority of mur ders qualify as so-called ‘crimes of passion’ ; they are the product of extreme anger or fear or frustration. In such cases, punishment is probably the farthest thing from the offender’s mind at the moment of the act. And sec ondly, only a very minute portion of the murderers are executed anyway. Certainly if we did away with capital punishment we would be able to deal with the criminal in a much more rational way than we do presently.” The positions of the learned professor are notori ously fallacious, as we shall presently show. First of all, it has never been conclusively demonstrated that capi tal punishment has practically no deterrent value. The elements involved are so diverse and manifold, that glib conclusions cannot be considered valid. Has it ever been demonstrated conclusively that a society without capi tal punishment is more law abiding and less subject to murders and crimes of violence? Who can competently answer this vital question ? Secondly, are crimes of pas sion to be put in a category by themselves and the per petrators of them to be held beyond proper punishment? Think of the vast ramifications of this action. Who could adjudicate the cases after this fashion? Furthermore, would this change one iota the fact that the victim of such crimes was deprived of life, useful service, and the comforts and love of his home? Thirdly, why should it enter into the discussion whether the offender at the time of the act had in mind the fact of punishment or not? Does this minimize in the least degree the heinousness of taking human life which is the prerogative of no man in an individual capacity? Fourthly, a palpably weak argument is that which holds that-a very small portion of murderers are executed anyhow. This sounds like arguing it both ways. Again, would the professor suggest that, since so small a number of culprits in any infraction of our laws are brought to book, we should do well to abolish punish ment altogether? To say the least, this view would fit hand in glove with modem theories of progressive ( !) education. Fifthly, we maintain strongly that there is no assurance that with the abolition of capital punish ment, anybody would have greater competence in deal ing with criminals more rationally. This involves a num ber of non sequiturs that would keep a keen logician busy all night in refuting. Furthermore, in all the years of discussion on capital punishment as a deterrent it is singular that J. Edgar Hoover, Director o f the Federal Bureau of Investiga tion, who is probably more conversant with the statis tics in this area than any other individual in this coun try, has never gone on record as an advocate of the abo lition of capital punishment. This must be explained in some cogent manner by the sponsors of the repeal of the laws favoring capital punishment. But Dr. Guttmacher has more to say on the subject. He holds (p. 28 ): “Many individuals have a two-fold sense of guilt in regard to criminals. They have an
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