On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/08/18), Hank wishes everyone a happy Columbus day. Invoking Christopher Columbus is no longer politically correct, due to a great deal of mythology that has built up around the Italian explorer—not the least of which is flat earth propaganda. Far from fanatics clinging to flat earth mythology, unanimous scholarly opinion from Augustine to Aquinas pronounced the earth spherical. In addition to the mythology that medieval Christians believed the Earth was flat is the increasingly scurrilous claim that Columbus was an exploiter of the Native Americans and that the indigenous peoples of Mexico suffered more under Christians than under the Aztecs. As credible historians have noted, such criticism is based on the fallacy of the noble savage—the idea that humans are naturally good and that societies left untroubled will be happy. Yet the historical reality is that cruelty is common in all cultures. Columbus was by no means perfect, but today’s assaults are at best a function of historical illiteracy and at worst, an attack on Western Civilization and its Judeo-Christian foundations.
Hank also answers the following question:
- Should we rewrite history for our children when talking about the two World Wars?