Christian parents raise their children on foundations of faith and morality with the hope that future generations will flourish. This was a premise of the Founders - children taught to love God, nation and family would mature into self - governing citizens able to build communities united in a shared moral understanding. Such communities would solve problems locally, keeping big government out. But over the years, these moral foundations have eroded, and radical ideas have arisen in their place. The most serious of all, Critical Race Theory, institutionalizes racism so that even the most tolerant are persuaded by the claim that the color of one's skin should determine one's value, not the content of one's character.
Parents urgently need to fight back, but how?
C.S. Lewis taught the only way to address bad philosophy is by teaching good philosophy. Fathom the Good believes good philosophy should be taught in the home, and to be successful, parents must take the lead. That is why our high school curriculum includes Podcasts for Parents and a Dinnertime Discussion Guide. Rigorous, sometimes controversial conversations often are avoided in the home, but the home is the very place where these conversations ought to occur. We equip even the busiest parents with the tools needed to engage their children meaningfully, to prepare children to enter an antagonistic world confidently prepared to address alluring but deceitful ideologies and to defend faith and moral traditions with confident reasoning.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul urged Christians to "put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." He warned that our struggle was not merely against "flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers.....against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Paul's warning certainly applies today, as our elites in the media, higher education and politics increasingly embrace a "woke" worldview utterly incompatible with faith as well as right reason or common sense. How can we gird our loins with truth, as the apostle recommends, and resist this increasingly dominant spiritual wickedness? How can we arm our children against the bankrupt but powerful ideologies that assail them? Certainly, religious faith and scriptural understanding are powerful bulwarks against the idols of our age. But it would be a tragedy to concede the title of reason to the foolish doctrines that are invading our public space. Fathom the Good Curriculum believes, with C.S. Lewis, that good philosophy must be deployed as an essential weapon against bad philosophy. The devilish ideologues that want to rule us must not be allowed to claim the noble standard of reason. Fathom draws upon the rich resources of the Western tradition of political philosophy to arm children and their parents with the capacity to answer false philosophies articulately and with confidence in a truth that complements "the breastplate of righteousness."