Finland’s National Agency of Education is now teaching students Christianity isn’t monotheistic.
Helsinki, Finland – Education specialists around the world are well aware Finland’s schools are among the best. Its students routinely outscore those from other countries.
Finland’s education system enjoys a lot of buzz lately. It is considered one of the best education systems in the world. It routinely outperforms the United States in reading, science, and mathematics. And it has been a top performer since the first Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) triennial international survey back in 2000.
What makes the school systems great? Unsurprisingly, the nation has a deep commitment to its children.
“The ideology is to steer through information, support and funding,” writes Finnish National Agency for Education (which sets core curricula requirements). Their stated goal for basic education is “to support pupils’ growth toward humanity and ethically responsible membership of society and to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed in life.” This latitude includes what tests to give, how to evaluate student progress and needs, and even the ability to set daily and weekly timetables.
Such autonomy may sound scary to some parents. What if your child spends all day learning phenomenological regressions of the Konami Code? (Though that would be fascinating). Finland’s parents, however, don’t have such concerns as teaching is a highly respected and professional field in Finland.
With such a reputation, it’s shocking for many to see Finland changing its policy regarding religious education. Students are being taught Christianity isn’t monotheistic. The new lesson plan states Christianity is polytheism covered with a thin veneer of Judaism.
Is Christianity Polytheistic?
The Encyclopedia Britannica defines monotheism as belief in the existence of one god, or in the oneness of God. As such, it is distinguished from polytheism, the belief in the existence of many gods, from atheism, the belief that there is no god, and from agnosticism, the belief that the existence or nonexistence of a god or of gods is unknown or unknowable.
Christians around the world self-identify as worshipping one God. Whether an adherent is Catholic, Orthodox, or Methodist they will say God is One. He is indivisible. He is absolute.
So why is Finland sailing into uncharted waters with what many Finns are calling Speaking Truth to Mythology?
Andrew Canard is the Minister that heads the National Agency of Education. While he did not lead the charge in creating the new policy that Christianity to be more like the polytheistic faith of Hindus than the monotheistic beliefs of Jews and Muslims, he is fully committed to the new curriculum:
The Christian Trinity is at the heart of how to classify the faith, isn’t it? Traditional Christianity asserts there are three personalities who make up the godhead. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit while separate individuals partake of the same substance. The last time I checked three is more than one. At its best, Christianity is poly-monotheism. And that’s why we’re teaching our kids that Christianity is poly-monotheism.
A snap poll of Jews and Muslims show 93% agree Christianity may be a lot of things, but it isn’t monotheism. One anonymous respondent stated, “First, they mistranslated our book, and then they tell us the One God has a multiple personality disorder? Feh! This is just paganism with a Jewish wrapper around it.”
Evangelicals Are Enraged
It’s an election year in the United States of America. The President is being tried in the Senate. Passions are already high. Finland may just be the straw that breaks the evangelical back. Ministers, reverends, televangelists are shouting from their pulpits about the evils of a good education.
“Jesus never went to a public school,” one man of God noted. “He came out perfect.”
These faith-based shepherds are telling their sheep to boycott anything that has to do with Finland. Of course, many don’t know what a Finland is. As with anything else, evangelical leaders are ready to “educate” their followers on the who, what, why, where, and hows of hate.
President Trump has yet to comment on this crisis. It’s only a matter of time before he opens up the Good Book and reads from Two Corinthians for guidance.