Can America Survive Evolutionary Humanism?
By: Linda Kimball
In addition to original Darwinism, today there are two other versions of evolutionary theory: punctuated equilibrium, and neo-Darwinism, a revamped version of the original Darwinism. No matter the variant though, evolution serves as the creation myth for the theological and philosophical worldview of Evolutionary Humanism (Naturalism).
â€œEvolution is a religion,â€ declared evolutionary Humanist Michael Ruse. â€œThis was true of evolution in the beginning and it is true still todayâ€¦One of the most popular books of the era was â€˜Religion Without Revelation,â€™ by Julian Huxley, grandson of Thomas Huxleyâ€¦As always evolution was doing everything expected of religion and more.â€ (National Post, Canadian Edition, 5/13/2000)
â€œHumanism is a philosophical, religious, and moral point of view.â€ (Humanist Manifestos I & II, 1980, Introduction, Paul Kurtz)
The primary denominations of Evolutionary Humanism are Cultural Marxism/Communism, Secular Humanism, Postmodernism, and Spiritual Communism. The offshoots of these are among others, New Age/green environmentalism/Gaia, socialism, progressivism, liberalism, multiculturalism, and atheism. Individually and collectively, these are modernized versions of pre-Biblical naturalism (paganism).
All worldviews begin with a religious declaration. The Biblical worldview begins with, â€œIn the beginning Godâ€¦â€ Cosmic Humanism begins, â€œIn the beginning Divine Matter.â€ Communism, Postmodernism, and Secular Humanism begin with, â€œIn the beginning Matter.â€ Matter is all there is, and it not only thinks, but is Divine:
â€œâ€¦matter itself continually attains to higher perfection under its own power, thanks to indwelling dialecticâ€¦the dialectical materialists attribution of â€˜dialecticâ€™ to matter confers on it, not mental attributes only, but even divine ones.â€ (Dialectical Materialism, Gustav A. Wetter, 1977, p. 58)
In explicitly religious language, the following religionists offer all praise, honor, and glory to their Creator:
â€œWe may regard the material and cosmic world as the supreme being, as the cause of all causes, as the creator of heaven and earth.â€ (Vladimir Lenin quoted in Communism versus Creation, Francis Nigel Lee, 1969, p. 28)
â€œThe Cosmos is all that is or ever will be.â€ (Carl Sagan, Cosmos, 1980, p. 4)
Evolutionary Humanism has demonstrated itself to be an extremely dangerous worldview. In just the first eighty-seven years of the twentieth century, the evolutionist project of radically transforming the world and mankind through the power of evolutionism has led to the extermination of between 100-170 million â€˜subhumanâ€™ men, women, and children.
First, in order that materialist ethics be consistent with the idea that life evolved by chance and continues to evolve over time, ethics must be built on human social instincts that are in a continuous process of change over evolutionary time. This view demolishes both moral ethics and social taboos, thereby liberating man to do as he pleases. Over time this results in a lawless climate haunted by bullies, predators, despots, psychopaths, and other unsavory elements.
Perhaps Darwin could not envision the evil unleashed by his ideas. Nonetheless, he did have some inkling, for he wrote in his â€œAutobiographyâ€ that one who rejects God,
â€œâ€¦can have for his rule of lifeâ€¦those impulses and instincts which are strongest orâ€¦seem to him the best ones.â€ (Fatal Fruit, Tom DeRosa, p.7)
Humanist Max Hocutt realizes that materialist ethics are hugely problematical, but offers no solution. An absolute moral code cannot exist without God, however God does not exist, says Hocutt. Therefore,
â€œâ€¦if there were a morality written up in the sky somewhere but no God to enforce it, I see no reason why we should obey it. Human beings may, and do, make up their own rules.â€ (Understanding the Times, David Noebel, p. 138-139)
Jeffrey Dahmer, a psychopath who cannibalized his victims, acted on Darwinâ€™s advice. In an interview he said,
â€œIf a person doesnâ€™t think there is a God to be accountable to, thenâ€¦what is the point of trying to modify your behavior to keep it within acceptable ranges? Thatâ€™s how I thoughtâ€¦I always believed the theory of evolution as truth, that we all just came from the slime.â€ (Dahmer in an interview with Stone Phillips, Dateline NBC, 11/29/1994)
With clearly religious overtones, atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell summarizes the amoral materialist ethic:
â€œBlind to good and evil, reckless of destruction, omnipotent matter rolls on its relentless way.â€ (Russell, â€œWhy I am not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects,â€ 1957, p. 115)
Next, materialist epistemology and metaphysics dispossesses man of soul, free will, conscience, mind, and reason, thereby dehumanizing (animalizing) man and totally destroying not only the worth, dignity, and meaning of human life, but the possibility of freedom. The essence of this annihilation is captured in the following quotes:
Man is â€œbut fish made overâ€¦â€ declared biologist William Etkin (Pushing the Antithesis, Greg L. Bahnsen, p. 224). And his life is but a â€œpartial, continuous, progressive, multiform and continually interactive, self-realization of the potentialities of atomic electron states,â€ explained J.D. Bernal (1901-1971), past Professor of Physics at the University of London (The Origin of Life, Bernal, 1967, xv). Furthermore, â€œThe universe cares nothing for us,â€ trumpets William Provine, Cornell University Professor of Biology, â€œand we have no ultimate meaning in life.â€ (Scientists, Face It! Science and Religion are Incompatible,â€ The Scientist, Sept. 1988)
Man… â€œmust be degraded from a spiritual being to an animalistic pattern. He must think of himself as an animal, capable of only animalistic reactions. He must no longer think of himselfâ€¦as capable of â€˜spiritual endurance,â€™ or nobility.â€ By animalizing man his â€œstate of mindâ€¦can be ordered and enslaved.â€ (Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics, â€œDegradation and Shock,â€ Chapter viii)
Finally, Evolutionary Humanism posits the notion that despite the fact that man is â€œbut fish made overâ€¦â€ there are in fact, some exceptions to this rule. For it happens—by chance of course—that some lucky â€˜speciesâ€™ and â€˜racesâ€™ of the human animal are more highly evolved (superior) and therefore enlightened than the others, who are—unluckily for them—less evolved and as a consequence, subhuman. Paired to this view is the idea that if a species or race does not continue to evolve (progress up the evolutionary ladder), it will become extinct. Together, these ideas lead logically to the deadly conclusion that in order to preserve the fittest of the species—or the spiritually evolved, as is the case with Spiritual Communism— it is morally incumbent upon the superior to replace (via the science of eugenics and population control) and/or liquidate the subhumans. In his book, â€œThe Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex,â€ (1871) Charles Darwin foresaw this eventuality:
â€œAt some future periodâ€¦the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the worldâ€¦the anthropomorphous apesâ€¦will no doubt be exterminated.â€ (Descent, 2nd ed., p. 183)
In practice, the materialist worldview is a hellish recipe for catastrophe, as was amply demonstrated by the 20th centuryâ€™s two most blood-soaked political movements— pagan Nazism and atheist Communism. Both rejected God, and both were animated by Darwinism
Hitlerâ€™s murderous philosophy was built on Darwinian evolution and preservation of favored species. In his book, â€œEvolution and Ethics, British evolutionist Sir Arthur Keith notes,
â€œThe leader of Germany is an evolutionist not only in theory, but, as millions know to their cost, in the rigor of its practice.â€ (1947, p.230)
It was Darwinism that inspired Hitler to try to create—by way of eugenics— a superior race, the Aryan Man. In pursuit of his ambition, Hitler eliminated what he considered were inferior human animals, among which were for example, Jews, Slavs, Gypsies, and Christians.
Evolutionism in Nazi Germany resulted in gas chambers, ovens, and the liquidation of eleven million â€œuseless eatersâ€ and other undesirables. Evolutionist Niles Eldridge, author of â€œDarwin: Discovering the Tree of Life,â€ reluctantly concurs. Darwinâ€™s theory, he acknowledges,
â€œhas given us the eugenics movement and some of its darker outgrowths, such as the genocidal practices of the Nazis.â€ (2005, p. 13)
The Soviet Union
Even though Karl Marx wrote his Communist Manifesto before Darwin published his â€œOn the Species,â€ the roots of Communism are nonetheless found in Darwinism. Karl Marx wrote Fredrich Engels that Darwinâ€™s â€˜Originâ€™,
â€œis the book which contains the basis in natural science for our view.â€ (Marxian Biology and the Social Scene, Conway Zirkle, 1959)
Stephane Courtois, one of the authors of The Black Book of Communism, relates that,
â€œIn Communism there exists a sociopolitical eugenics, a form of Social Darwinism.â€ (p. 752)
Vladimir Lenin exulted that,
â€œDarwin put an end to the belief that the animal and vegetable species bear no relation to one another (and) that they were created by God, and hence immutable.â€ (Fatal Fruit, Tom DeRosa, p. 9)
Lenin exercised godlike power over life and death. He saw himself as, â€œthe master of the knowledge of the evolution of social species.â€ It was Lenin who â€œdecided who should disappear by virtue of having been condemned to the dustbin of history.â€ From the moment Lenin made the â€œscientificâ€ decision that the bourgeoisie represented a stage of humanity that evolution had surpassed, â€œits liquidation as a class and the liquidation of the individuals who actually or supposedly belonged to it could be justified.â€ (The Black Book of Communism, p. 752)
Alain Brossat draws the following conclusions about the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, and the ties that bind them:
â€œThe â€˜liquidationâ€™ of the Muscovite executioners, a close relative of the â€˜treatmentâ€™ carried out by Nazi assassins, is a linguistic microcosm of an irreparable mental and cultural catastrophe that was in full view on the Soviet Stage. The value of human life collapsed, and thinking in categories replaced ethical thoughtâ€¦In the discourse and practice of the Nazi exterminators, the animalization of Otherâ€¦was closely linked to the ideology of race. It was conceived in the implacably hierarchical racial terms of â€œsubhumansâ€ and â€œsupermenâ€â€¦but in Moscow in 1937, what matteredâ€¦was the total animalization of the Other, so that a policy under which absolutely anything was possible could come into practice.â€ (ibid, p. 751)
21st Century America
Ronald Reagan loved God and America. America he said is, â€œthe moral force that defeated communism and all those who would put the human soul into bondage.â€ (Republican National Convention, Houston TX, 8/17/1992)
Even though he was optimistic about Americaâ€™s future he nevertheless cautioned that America must maintain her reliance on God and her commitment to righteousness and morality. He liked quoting Alexis de Tocquevilleâ€™s insightful analysis of the source of Americaâ€™s greatness:
â€œNot until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret and genius of her power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.â€ (In the Words of Ronald Reagan, by Michael Reagan)
As America moves into the 21st century, we have yet to admit a shameful, dark secret. Evolutionismâ€¦the creation myth, that empowered Nazism and Communism, is being taught to Americaâ€™s youth in our government-controlled schools. The animalization of Americans is well advanced and coupled to a corresponding slow collapse of human worth. Already we hear of human life spoken of in dehumanizing categories such as â€˜vegetable,â€™ â€œnon-persons,â€ and â€˜uterine content.â€™
Ominously, Evolutionary Humanism has also outstripped Judeo-Christian precepts in our universities, judiciary, federal bureaucracy, corporations, medicine, law, psychology, sociology, entertainment, news media and halls of Congress. As Biocentrism it fuels the nonhuman animal rights project, the gay rights movement, radical feminism, and the increasingly powerful and influential green environmentalist program, which demands that America submit to the draconian mandates of the Kyoto Treaty.
America, the â€œmoral force that defeated communismâ€ is on the verge of completely rejecting God, the natural order, and moral absolutes and instead, embracing the godless religion of evolution, amorality, and the unnatural.
Evolutionary Humanism is the most dangerous delusion thus far in history. It begins with the â€˜animalization of Other,â€™ in tandem with the elevation of the â€˜superior,â€™ for whom this serves as a license to make up their own rules, abuse power, and force their will onto the citizens. This is accompanied by a downward spiraling process that pathologizes the natural order, moral ethics, virtue, and social taboos while simultaneously elevating narcissism, tyranny, cruelty, nihilism, confusion, perversion, sadism, theft, and lying to positions of politically correct â€œnew morality,â€ which is then enforced through sensitivity training, speech codes, hate crime laws, and other intimidation tactics. If not stopped, as history warns us, this rapidly escalating downward process leads inevitably to totalitarianism, enslavement, and eventually mass murder.
In a portent of things to come, evolutionist B.F. Skinner said:
â€œA scientific analysis of behavior dispossesses autonomous man and turns the control he has been said to exert over to the environment. The individualâ€¦is henceforth to be controlledâ€¦in large part by other men.â€ (Understanding the Times, David Noebel, p. 232)
Copyright Linda Kimball 2007
Linda is the author of many published essays on culture, worldview, and politics. Her essays are published both nationally and internationally. She is a member of MoveOff.org
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