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April 1, 2012

DARWINISM AND MORALITY

Fifty years ago in America, lasciviousness, adultery, and fornication were almost universally deemed reprehensible. Divorce was shameful, pornography was underground, and homosexuality was illegal. These elements are now on open display and enjoy wide approval, if not wide participation.

Is our nation stronger or weaker because of these changes? Are families/homes more or less secure? Is the “misery index” for individuals greater or less? Do more or fewer people turn to chemical “solutions” for failure to find “purpose” in life? To ask is to answer.

Many “whys” might be suggested to explain the unarguable decline in national morals and ethics. They all go back to a single taproot: Charles Darwin and his evolutionary hoax. Before his theories caught on in the 1870s, Western nations, though divided between Protestant and Catholic, were united in accepting the Biblical view of man as the apex of the creation of the Almighty and Self-existent God. Man had a purpose—to glorify God—and the Bible set forth man’s behavior that would do so.

The leaven of Darwinism had its first effects in Western Europe. America stood as the last bastion of any degree of faith in God until the mid-20th century. Darwinism gradually saturated the major theological schools, which produced an ever-larger army of faithless pulpiteers. Darwinism morphed from mere theory to “fact” in the public schools, wreaking havoc on faith. Biblical morals gradually became passé.

The increase in the popularity of Darwinism and the parallel increase in amoral/immoral patterns of behavior are not merely coincidental. The widespread acceptance of Darwinism undermined the Biblical purpose of mankind and thus the basis of human morality. Darwinists admit as much:

• Darwin was “keenly aware of the… religious implications of his new idea…. Religion, especially, appeared to have much to lose…” (Chet Raymo, Skeptics and True Believers).

• “You are here to propagate your selfish genes. There is no higher purpose to life” (Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene).

• “[That] the human species was not designed, has no purpose, and is the product of mere material mechanism…seems to be the message of evolution” (Douglas Futuyma, Science on Trial).

In contrast with this pessimistic, depressive, destructive, antitheistic, and nihilistic view of man comes the Bible’s profound statement of our Divine purpose: “Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecc. 12:13).

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