It is common place these days to hear people say glibly that it does not really matter what a person believes. Just the other day, a colleague reiterated this sentiment to me, to my chagrin because what a person believes can make the difference between life and death, particularly if they take their beliefs them seriously. What if the person’s beliefs place other people’s lives in danger? The situation becomes even more volatile if such an individual occupies a leadership position and wields the scepter of a law-maker or physician or any key position in society. No one who has an understanding of how many lives were snuffed during the antebellum slavery in the United States or during Hitler’s Nazi Germany can say that beliefs do not matter. Hitler convinced his nation that their only hope of survival as the Aryan race was to keep themselves “genetically pure.” This is an idea he gleaned from a scholar who had also taken his beliefs seriously. His name was Charles Darwin. Darwin himself got his concept of racial prejudice from his theory of macroevolution. Hitler took Darwin’s teachings seriously. He found Darwin’s book titled, On The Origin of Species: The Preservation of Favored Races In The Struggle For Life, quite appealing and concluded that one such favored race was the Aryan race and that it was his responsibility to preserve it and develop it into a super race. He was also fascinated by Darwin’s idea of “the survival of the fittest” and decided that the German people were the fittest of all people and determined to protect them from being “defiled” by other races. This is how Hitler interpreted Darwin’s theory “If Nature does not wish that weaker individuals should mate with the stronger, she wishes even less that a superior race should intermingle with an inferior one; because in such a case all her efforts, throughout hundreds of thousands of years, to establish an evolutionary higher stage of being, may thus be rendered futile.”1 Hitler’s theories became the bedrock for the curricula developed for German schools.
Over half a century after Darwin, in the United States, George W. Hunter wrote a biology textbook whose contents were taught in some schools in Tennessee. Here is an excerpt from that book: “At the Present time there exist upon the earth five races or varieties of man, each very different from the other in instincts, social customs, and, to an extent, in structure. These are the Ethiopians or Negro type, originating in Africa; the Malay or brown race, from the islands of the Pacific; the American Indian; the Mongolian or yellow race, including the natives of China, Japan, and the Eskimos; and finally, the highest of all, the Caucasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America.”2
This is what happens when Genesis 1: 27 is ridiculed and demeaned as a fairy tale. Mankind does not only orphan himself, he also begins to worship himself. As long as macroevolution continues to take precedence over creation, the value of human life will inevitably spiral downwards on all fronts. This excerpt from the Modern Thinker’s Creed poem by Steve Turner aptly puts it:
“…If chance be the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky
and when you hear State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten! Troops on Rampage!
….Bomb Blasts School!
It is but the sound of man worshipping his maker.”3
1 Adolf Hitler (1939). Mein Kampf. London: Hurst and Blackett. pp. 162
2 George W. Hunter (1914). A Civic Biology: Presented in Problems. New York: American Book Co. pp. 196
3 Steve Turner (2009). Modern Thinker’s Creed, by Steve Turner. Accessed from http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2281092/posts
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