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January 2014 - Volume 20, Number 1


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When Learning Is Mischief

By Brad Sherman, Libations for Liberty


“Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”
– Dr. Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), letter to John Armstrong, March 19, 1783


There was a time, not long ago, when no one thought that a nativity scene on the town square would offend or that there would be public debate about the morality of homosexuality. When did things change?  


Benjamin Rush’s comment is a pretty good clue.  Dr. Rush, and most of the Founding Fathers, felt the Bible was the most essential text book for public education, and in fact, it was for many years. But, as Dr. Rush also believed, when the Bible is no longer the foundation of education, mischief is done to learning. This mischief has resulted in a generation that has no benchmark for right and wrong and doesn’t know the difference.


The question boils down to this: “Who gets to decide what is right or wrong, moral or immoral?”  There are only two choices: man or God. Either we accept what God says, or we are left to human nature, which is easily blinded by its own desires and exercises no restraint. 


Those who hold the truth of God’s Word must be silent no more. We must remove the mischief that has attached itself to learning and restore the biblical foundation to education. After all, Jesus told us to make disciples of the nations, teaching to observe all that He commanded. 


Libations For Liberty is an offering by Pastor Brad Sherman of Solid Rock Christian Church in Coralville, Iowa, with pithy quotes and brief commentary.  Originally published December 26, 2013, reprinted with the author’s permission, <>.


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