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Focus on the Family's "TrueU" takes on "new atheism"

Focus on the Family's "TrueU" takes on "new atheism"

Focus on the Family, a religious right organization founded by Dr. James Dobson, is taking on what it calls "the new atheism" and trying to keep college bound Christians from leaving the faith.

A promotional video for a series of DVDs being marketed as "TrueU" notes that "increasing numbers of college students are losing their faith" and "60% of all biology & psychology professors are atheist or agnostic."  According to TrueU's promotional video (embedded below), scientific developments point to the existence of the Christian god.

"The new atheism is the old atheism repackaged to make best sellers," says Dr. Stephen Meyer, a presenter in the video, "but is completely out of touch with the most current developments in science."  Meyer, who holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in the History and Philosophy of Science, is a Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, an organization that promotes intelligent design. The Discovery Institute is behind the "Teach the Controversy campaign" that aims to teach creationist anti-evolution beliefs in United States public high school science courses alongside accepted scientific theories, claiming that a scientific controversy exists over these subjects.

Anti-science watchdog, The Sensuous Curmudgeon, says that schools should "Teach the Science."  The Sensuous Curmudgeon writes that the Discovery Institute's "purpose is — and always has been — social revolution. They’re nowhere in the world of science, industry, academia, etc. They know this. Aside from religion, which is the natural home of ID and creationism, the only arena where the Discoveroids can succeed is in politics. [...] Don’t get over-confident because the Discoveroids are so amusingly inept at science. ID isn’t about science. It never was. It’s all about Philip Johnson’s strategy for achieving social change by means of a decision of the US Supreme Court. When that change comes, if it does, you’re not going to like it."

Philip Johnson is described by Wikipedia as "a retired UC Berkeley law professor and author. He became a born-again Christian while a tenured professor and is considered the father of the intelligent design movement. A critic of what he calls "Darwinism" and "scientific materialism", Johnson rejects evolution in favor of neocreationist views known as intelligent design. He was a co-founder of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture (CSC) and is credited with establishing 'the wedge strategy,' which aims to change public opinion and scientific consensus, and seeks to convince the scientific community to allow a role for God in scientific theory. As a member of the group for the Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV-AIDS Hypothesis, a prominent AIDS denialist group, Johnson has written that HIV does not cause AIDS. The scientific community considers Johnson's opinions on evolution and AIDS to be pseudoscience."

Included as a bonus in the "Does God Exist" segment of the TrueU series is "The Toughest Test in College" program aimed at helping young Christians keep their faith when they go to university.

Dr. Alex McFarland, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary, is quoted on the TrueU website as saying, "In twenty-one years of working with youth and college ministries, rarely have I been as impressed as with Focus on the Family's new series, TrueU."

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • http://www.facebook.com/rusty.yates.7 Rusty Yates

    Why should he go to all the work of putting out a DVD? Why not just pray?

  • http://nosacredc0w.wordpress.com NoSacredCow

    "Focus on the Family" does more for atheism and reality checks than catholic schooling ever did.
    When I see educated people becoming born again christians, like Philip Johnson, my first thought is what psychological break brought them to that abyss? (Having to choose between reality and fantasy?)

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      I agree. Something happened to make them want to accept delusion over reality.

  • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

    Seems to me Focus on the Family is out of touch with reality and science.

  • MarilynLaCourt

    Hypocricy!
    If Focus on the Family really wanted to promote "family" values, they would support gay marriage. After all, aren't gays seeking to join mainstream family values by seeking to be married and raise children?

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  • tatoo

    I kind of feel sorry for these young people. Their future is so limited.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Wells/100000432944645 Ben Wells

    I certainly don’t want these people “Focusing on my Family.”
    I expect a higher moral caliber from my son than any of the “gods”, past or
    present, permit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.elliott.5872 Patrick Elliott

      Its been commented more than once on some blogs I visit that any time the terms "family", "values", or "morality" is mentioned, as part of an organizations title, or their goals and ideals, the reality of what they either support, or actually do in practice, includes ***none of the above***.

  • Sporkfighter

    Perhaps there's a reason why people who study any aspect of reality carefully usually end up atheists.

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