Learning in a Time of (Cultural) War: Indoctrination in Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project

Randal Rauser

Randal Rauser argues that Focus on the Family’s popular lay-worldview curriculum entitled The Truth Project™ fails to provide a true Christian worldview education, and instead evinces the marks of indoctrination. He begins with the core problem that that the curriculum encourages simplistic binary categories which distort the issues and inhibit the student from developing skills of critical evaluation. As a result of this binary opposition, the curriculum distorts the complexity of issues, fails to understand and fairly evaluate alternative positions, and misrepresents the complexities of and difficulties with the Christian worldview. He closes by considering how the rhetoric of a culture war is used to justify simplistic binary categories. Mr. Rauser is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary (Edmonton).

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