I think Math can and will be Christian. I’ll admit it is not my strongest subject, but I do have experience in working in accounting for a grocery food chain. That must count for something, right? Nonetheless, it never dawned on me that Math could be Christian until I saw how education as a whole can be anti-Christian.
One example of this is in Janie B. Cheaney’s recent article “Math gets woke: Anti-Western philosophy and history will now be part of arithmetic lessons.” She writes:
Seattle School Board is considering new guidelines for what might be called “social justice math.” Some culture watchers have taken this to mean that 2 plus 2 is no longer 4, but that’s not exactly the case. Math functions will remain the same, and there will still be such a thing as a right answer.
The reason for the proposed changes, as reported by Education Week, is “to infuse all K-12 math classes with ethnic studies questions that encourage students to explore how math has been ‘appropriated’ by Western culture and used in systems of power and oppression.”
…More important than the doing of math will be who figured it out first and who stole that knowledge and who has been using 2 plus 2 to calculate the profit of slavery and the cost/benefit ratio of armies and how many white oppressors will be needed to colonize all of Africa.https://world.wng.org/2020/01/math_gets_woke
She goes on saying,
A task-force report from the council (Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics) lays out appropriate goals for quantitative learning, but also attempts to make math a wrap-around subject for psychological reflection. Students should be encouraged to develop a positive “mathematical identity” and “mathematical agency.” …
Rehumanizing is another key word, as if math has somehow been stripped of its natural warmth and sympathy. Rehumanizing insists that teachers “understand the roles of power, privilege, and oppression in the history of mathematics education.”Ibid.
So there you have it. Even if you think math was oppressive to you while in school, it’s only getting worse. Nevertheless, as Christians we know that he who believes in Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world (1 John 5:5), and thus we do not lose hope. I began by saying that it never dawned on me that math could be Christian until I saw it so anti-Christian. However, based on Scripture, I don’t think that it merely can be Christian, but that it must and will be! I take Chaney’s article as evidence for the fact that God has put Christians on earth to bring Christ’s glory to bear on every facet of life, including math. So, can math be Christian? Yes, math must be and will be Christian. And Christian does not exalt one people group over another or look at issues of privilege or oppression as worldview, but looks at things from God’s perspective to all undeserving sinners who have received inexhaustible and unstoppable grace. That is an infinite equation.