During the last weekend of June each year, Lamb & Lion Ministries conducts a Bible conference in the Dallas, Texas area, with 2010's themed Defending the Faith. The opening speaker was Brannon Howse, the Founder and Director of the Worldview Weekend Foundation, an organization that sponsors Christian worldview conferences all across our nation every year. Brannon is also the author of eight books and is the host of a nationally broadcast radio program which features his biblical commentaries on current events.
Brannon's topic at our conference was "The Truth of the Christian Worldview" (watch). He began by explaining that a worldview consists of the basic values that determine a person's decisions. Thus, a person with a Christian worldview would be one who believes in God, believes in the Bible as the Word of God, believes that Jesus was the Son of God, believes that Man is basically evil, and believes that faith in Jesus is mankind's only hope.
Brannon emphasized that there is a worldview war going on between Christianity and five other predominant worldviews, namely: Secular Humanism, Cosmic Humanism (better known as the New Age Movement), Post-Modernism, Islam and Marxism. He then began to elaborate on the key individuals who have undermined the Christian worldview here in the United States. Brannon's presentation was based on his latest book titled Grave Influence. In the book, he presents 21 persons who are undermining America and impacting the world from the grave.
Brannon Howse on John Dewey
When did the great transformation in America happen? It largely and aggressively began in 1933 when John Dewey, the father of modern education, signed the Humanist Manifesto which started the social society in America.
Dewey went to Russia in 1920 to study the Karl Marx way of education and then came back to America to teach it at Columbia University. John Dewey was involved in helping start the American Communist Leftist Union, which is known today as the American Civil Liberties Union. When John Dewey brought the Frankfurt School to America in 1933, that's when the speed towards Socialism really began to speed up.
The Frankfurt School were German intellectuals who had been in Germany and started in 1923 what we now call the Frankfurt School. They helped lay the academic and worldview foundation for the acceptance of Adolf Hitler. They taught Friedrich Nietzsche who declared, "God is dead, and not only is God dead but we can smell his rotting corpse." What did he mean? We've killed the idea of God in the conscience of the people.
My friends, we have largely killed the idea of God in the conscience of a whole generation, and we are about to reap the consequences. I fear that our next holocaust beyond the murder of 53 million babies is going to be active euthanasia, particularly for the rationing of health care. I have asked my radio audience to send me stories of active euthanasia in this last week and I have been flooded with nurses and family members and hospice workers detailing active euthanasia.
It has been this generation that has been taught the ideas of Nietzsche, who is one of the most read authors on college campus today. "God is dead!" He taught that it doesn't matter how you live. The highest calling in life is to serve the State. Nihilism means life has no meaning aside from serving the State, and when you can longer serve the State, you are not a productive human resource. You are just in the way, and the right to die is now becoming the duty to die.
Multiple generations now have been taught the life-boat scenario. It goes, there are five in the life boat but there are only provisions for four. Who the least valuable is must go over the side for the good of the group. And, my friends, educators, parents, professors who taught this to one generation after another are going to be the ones to find themselves being thrown over the life-boat.
Nietzsche said we need spiritualize cruelty. The Frankfurt schools studied Nietzsche. Hitler studied Nietzsche. Hitler liked to have his picture taken staring at a bust of Nietzsche. Hitler had the works of Nietzsche edited and handed off to Mussolini. And so, when the Nazi party came to full power, the Frankfurt school folks got nervous and they left Germany and came to America at the invitation of John Dewey in 1933.