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The Columbine Killers
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Columbine Killers And Subversive Questions


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Subversive questions by Mark Roques. A story and questions to examine different worldviews.

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Columbine Killers And Subversive Questions

  1. 1. The Columbine Killers The St or y The Columbine High School massacre occurred on April the 20th, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado in the United States. Two students, Eric Harris (1981-1999) and Dylan Klebold (1981-1999) killed 12 students and a teacher, injured 24 others, before committing suicide. It is the fourth-deadliest school massacre in American history, after the 1927 Bath School disaster, 2007 Virginia Tech carnage and the 1966 University of Texas mass murder, and the deadliest for an American high school. The bloodbath provoked extensive debate regarding gun control laws, the availability of firearms in the United States, and gun violence involving teenagers. Much discussion also focused on the nature of high school cliques, subcultures and bullying, as well as the role of violent movies and video games in American society. The Wo rl dvi ew Eric Harris was a mate riali st. He believed that ‘only nature exists’. This view is sometimes referred to as ‘sc ie ntism ’. He wrote the following in one of his notebooks: “just because your mommy and daddy tell you blood and violence is bad, you think it’s a f—g law of nature? wrong, only science and math are true, everything else, and I mean every f—g thing else is man made.” The belief that only the natural sciences hook onto reality is a popular belief among some western people. If only ‘nature’ exists then the only things we can believe in are those things that can be measured by scientific equipment. This leads to the conclusion that moral statements such as ‘murder is wrong’ are man made and empty of any genuine cognitive content. This view is also referred to as l ogic al p ositi vi sm . S ub versi ve Q ue stio ns The Bib le 1) Where exactly did Eric and Dylan go The Bible is often viewed as an intolerant wrong in their thinking and living? book which strongly disapproves of murder. In Exodus chapter 20 verse 13 we are 2) Were the Columbine killers mad or confronted with a commandment that ‘rational’ given their distinctive beliefs? seems to condemn murder. Is this commandment intolerant? Where else in 3) Were Eric and Dylan responsible for biblical teaching do you find a rejection of their crimes? murder?