(Note: this post is excerpted from a letter my Dad authored this year. I’m working with him to create a publishable version of it in its entirety, but have selected this segment to more easily engage in an ongoing relevant conversation.)
A. Why I’m not an atheist/evolutionist!
I think it is very important to reiterate how truth and reality are defined. There is a systematic methodology that is designed to separate truth from error by using various tests for truth, with the end result being a set of right conclusions. This systematic method is known as epistemology, and according to Wikipedia: epistemology (from the Greek word, ‘episteme’ meaning “knowledge, understanding” and ‘logos’ meaning “study of”). It is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope (limitations) of knowledge. Again, according to Wikipedia under a section entitled “Criteria of Truth” it states, “In epistemology, criteria of truth ( or tests of truth) are standards and rules used to judge the accuracy of statements and claims. They are tools of verification. Understanding a philosophy’s criteria of truth is fundamental to a clear evaluation of that philosophy. The rules of logic have no ability to distinguish truth on their own. An individual must determine what standards distinguish truth from falsehood. Not all criteria are equally valid. Some standards are sufficient, while others are questionable.)
Consider these examples:
One hundred math students can take an extremely complex math test and there can be a likelihood that several of them get the answer wrong. Does this mean that the correct answer does not exist? Not at all. Those who got the answer wrong simply did not understand the techniques necessary to arrive at the correct answer.
Can you imagine the end results a scientist would arrive at if he went into the lab and just started mixing things together with no rhyme or reason?
Or a physician just treating a patient with random medicines in the hope of making him well?
Neither the mathematician or the scientist or the physician takes this approach; instead, they use systematic methods that are methodical, logical, evidential, and proven to yield the right end result.
Rather than using subjective opinions and/or emotional feelings and/or some positive or negative feeling, impression, idea or personal preference to examine these difficult topics, we use a systematic approach, a framework for testing various truth claims, a roadmap to follow to reach the right conclusion:
1. Logical Consistency – the claims of a belief system must logically cohere to each other and not contradict in any way. As an example, the end goal of Buddhism is to rid oneself of all desires. Yet, one must have a desire to rid oneself of all desires, which is a contradictory and illogical principle.
2. Empirical Adequacy – is there evidence to support the belief system (whether the evidence is rational, externally evidential, etc.)? Naturally, it is only right to want proof for the important claims being made so the assertions can be verified.
3. Existential Relevancy – the belief system must conform to reality as we know it, and it must make a meaningful difference in the life of the adherent. In other words, how does this belief impact someone in day-to-day life.
The method for evaluating philosophy, religion and God is performed by applying the three above stated criteria to origin, morality, meaning, and destiny. All aspects of the proposition must be self-evident, and must interrelate between each standard coherently. If an idea or philosophy fails the criteria, then it cannot be recognized as truth.
1. Origin – where did we come from?
2. Ethics or Morality – how should we live and interact with others?
3. Meaning – what is the purpose for life?
4. Destiny – where is mankind headed?
Again, the successful examination of truth will not be dependent upon opinion or conjecture or emotion or subjective convictions. Truth will be exposed when relevant, factual information does not collapse, but rather stands convincingly, when the standards of philosophy and knowledge are introduced.
During this discussion I may often refer to the above explained systematic method of determining truth as an external point of reference or focus point. This may be a bit of a homey illustration but I think it helps define the expression.
I don’t know how my brothers started working the fields with Dad but for me, I started with the side delivery rake. Dad often would start somewhere in the middle of the field instead of on the edge so we had to learn how to drive straight, square to the rectangular shape of the field and parallel to one side. This was hard to learn. The windrows would be zig zagged and I would end up somewhere towards the wrong corner of the field. Dad would get that disgusted, impatient but patient look, cock and turn his head back and forth with that impatient, patient kind of smile or short laugh and then say, ‘you need find a rock or a fence post or a tree or something on the other end of the field to look at and line the tractor up with it. Don’t be looking around. Just drive towards that spot at the other end. This describes an external point of reference.
The accurate, external point of reference is critical in determining truth by which we live. We consciously and subconsciously make decisions against this standard daily. It is important that we understand our personal perspectives and how they relate to our lives.
Quite often as I ponder some of the foundational platforms of Christianity, I get excited as I realize who it is that we serve! Christianity stands against the established criteria when scrutinized, the external point of reference, if you will.
Christianity not only meets the rigorous demands of inspection by the demanding, critical thinker who properly executes the techniques for determining truth, but it is also a relationship. One of my favorite scriptures is and I echo Paul’s primary and highest goal in life, ‘to ‘know’ him and the power of his resurrection. To contemplate this identity is phenomenal. There is the eternal sense of belonging and being when we come into his presence and begin to understand and experience the power of the resurrection and yet it is so simple you must become as a little child to grasp it.
I love and confirm Paul’s message in II Timothy 1:12 …I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded… I know him and I am persuaded…As our relationship grows… As knowledge grows… Persuasion intensifies!
I pray that as we discuss these very important thoughts we might follow the instructions given to the Christians in I Peter 3:15 ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
I cannot imagine a more special and blessed heritage.
I will begin by explaining why I do not consider an atheistic/evolutionary world view as a possible alternative point of reference whereby which to guide the choices of my life. I have not made this choice because it is contrary to the heritage I am blessed with, but Christianity, in and of itself offers humanity self-evident truth and hope not expressed by the others opposing Christianity. I doubt I will share anything that you are not familiar with, but I do appreciate your listening ear.
Can it, then, be thought improbable… That other variations useful in some way to each being in the great and complex battle of life, should sometimes occur in the course of thousands of generations? If such do occur, can we doubt (remembering that many more individuals are born than can possibly survive) that individuals having any advantage, however slight, over others, would have the best chance of surviving and procreating their kind? On the other hand, we may feel sure that any variation in the least degree injurious would be rigidly destroyed. This preservation of favorable variations and the rejection of injurious variations I shall call Natural Selection. Chapter IV of the first edition, ‘The Origin of Species’, Charles Darwin
This is probably the most blatant statement of inequality and the sanctioning of killing for the purpose of social dominance ever penned. This proclamation, stated as if it were fact, authorizes the self-appointed powerful to perform the task of eliminating those whom they deem as weak as an act of benevolence to society for the purpose of eliminating the excess population and their associated liabilities, and for advancing the remaining ‘considered most-powerful’ population, to a higher level of power. Acts of hate, violence, and destruction of human life are no longer thought of as injustice because the elimination of the weak is classified as beneficial and progressive. This is the moral code of the evolutionist.
Study that exact quote very carefully. I did not misquote or misinterpret any part of it.
Karl Marx (1818-1883), a Jew who’s father had converted to Lutheranism, became an atheist in college and years later read Darwin’s ‘The Origin of Species’ and recognized its value in supporting his theory of class struggle. He sent Darwin a personally inscribed copy of ‘Das Kapital’ in 1873 and had a dedication in the German version: “In deep appreciation – for Charles Darwin”.
Marx understood that Darwin’s work both helped to explain the internal struggles of human society, and provided a material explanation for the processes of nature. In 1861, Karl Marx wrote his friend, “Darwin’s work is most important and suits my purpose in that it provides a basis in natural science for the historical class struggle… Despite all shortcomings, it is here that, for the first time, ‘teleology’ in natural science is not only dealt a mortal blow but it’s rational meaning is empirically explained.”
Frederick Engels, the confidant and developer of communism with Marx, wrote to Marx in 1859, just after he read the first edition of Darwin’s book: “Darwin, by the way, whom I’m reading just now, is absolutely splendid. Never before has so grandiose an attempt been made There was one aspect of teleology that had yet to be demolished, and that has now been done.to demonstrate historical evolution in nature, and never to such good effect.” (Teleology, meaning a divine purpose which was working itself out in nature.)
Darwin converted to atheism from Christianity in seminary. Marx and Engel converted to atheism from Christianity while studying in college before Darwin published his book about evolution. They knew that atheism was insufficient in terms of coherency with the laws of philosophy and truth because they had no explanation for origins, morality, or destiny. Evolution gave them an explanation for origins and morality.
Origin: Natural Evolution
Moral code: Strong destroy weak
Meaning: Material, live for natural world
Destiny: None, death ends all
Darwinism gave them a rational and applicable explanation for origins, morality and the interrelation of atheism with nature, teleology. Hence, their excitement at the break through in knowledge that Darwin had introduced. Item 1. Logical Consistency and 2. Empirical Adequacy were fulfilled.
At Marx’s graveside, Engels declared: ‘Just as Darwin discovered the law of evolution in organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of evolution in human history…
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) came from a line of Lutheran ministers but as he studied German philosopher Schopenhauer writings and due to the stronger influence of Charles Darwin, he became totally against religion, particularly Christianity, and proclaimed ‘God is dead’, thereby developing nihilism. He believed in the perpetual elimination of the weak by the strong and the depletion of incompetent by the competent.
He developed other dimensions beyond Darwin and He too recognized that a world without a God meant a world without a moral point of reference and was thinking that a type of ‘mystic superman’ would eventually come to humanity to fulfill this requirement for philosophical wholeness, the methodology discussed above. He is also attributed with being one of the original thinkers behind what is now called ‘existentialism’ or self as the center and believed in total self-satisfaction, regardless of the impacts to others. At age 45, the man who believed in the perpetual elimination of the weak and incompetent, became mentally incapacitated to the point that his mother had to care for him until his mother’s death and then his sister, until his death at age 55.
Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) was raised in a warm Christian home but converted to atheism/evolution in college and embraced the writings of Marx and Darwin. He kept one piece of art in his office, a statuette prominently situated on the desk in the Kremlins office, depicting, a monkey contemplating the skull of a human and surmounting the dedicatory word, “DARWIN” (there seem to be slight variations in the exact descriptions but the jest is identical as some accounts state that the monkey sat on a pile of books, including Darwin’s books).
Joseph Stalin (1879-1953) converted from Christianity to atheism/evolution at seminary. The book ‘Landmarks in the Life of Stalin’ written by E. Yaroslavsky to extol Stalin during his rule and published in Moscow states:
” I began to speak of God, Joseph heard me out, and after a moment’s silence, said:
“You know they are fooling us, there is no God…”
“I was astonished at these words, I had never heard anything like it before.
“How can you say such things, Soso?” I exclaimed.
“I’ll lend you a book to read ; it will show you that the world and all living things are quite different from what you imagined, and all this talk about God is sheer nonsense,” Joseph said.
“What book is that?” I enquired.
“Darwin. You must read it,” Joseph impressed on me”
Another childhood friend of Stalin’s wrote, ‘We youngsters had a passionate thirst for knowledge. Thus, in order to disabuse the minds of our seminary students of the myth that the world was created in six days, we had to acquaint ourselves with the geological origin and age of the earth, and be able to prove them in argument; we had to familiarize ourselves with Darwin’s teachings…
Stalin wrote an ideological tract, ‘Anarchism or socialism?’ “Evolution prepares for revolution and creates the ground for it; revolution consummates the process of evolution and facilitates its further activity.”
Mao zedong (1893 – 1976) established Chinese Communism but was taught by the developer of Chinese Communism, a man named Chen Duxiu. Duxiu converted from democracy to Marxism (atheism/evolution) in about 1920 through the influence of teachers of Russian Communism. Russia pressured Duxiu to join forces but he resisted because he feared their control.
Adolph Hitler (1889-1945). Influenced by Marx, Nietzsche, and the sister of Nietzsche. Frederick Nietzsche himself was pro-Semitic, but his sister was married to a man who was an anti-Semitic activist and after the death of her brother, she developed personal relationship with Hitler promoting her brothers philosophy except modifying it to be anti-Semitism. There is not a pronounced link to Darwinism but indirect link is through the influence of Nietzsche and it is clearly apparent in the concept of the destruction of the weak by the strong, self indulgence and the attempt to breed a ‘superman’.
The following is a general summary of the destruction to human lives lost to these savage killers. There are no words to express and no numbers can quantify the immeasurable amount of human suffering their atheistic/evolutionary philosophy cost humanity. The numbers are atrocious and stunning:
A review of today’s history informs us about item 3. Existential Relevancy, how it applied into society. The range in the numbers is because of differing estimates. No one knows the real numbers.
Karl Marx, Atheist, Evolutionist: 0
Vladimir Lenin, Atheist, Evolutionist: .8M- 2M
Joseph Stalin, Atheist, Evolutionist: 23M – 60M
Mao zedong, Atheist, Evolutionist 49M – 78M
Adolph Hitler, Atheist, Evolutionist: 13M – 17M
Pol Pot, Atheist, Evolutionist: 1.7M
Kim II Sung, Atheist, Evolutionist: 1.6M
Total estimated Deaths: 89M- 160.3M
(During approximately a 50 year period)
Contrast this with the bloodiest war fought between Christians on US soil for equality of persons, the civil war – 620,000 war casualties versus the efforts to set up the supremacy of a superior race of persons.
I do not believe the theory of evolution initiated these atrocities. The drive for power was probably the real agenda but the theory of evolution empowered them to believe that the horrific destruction and death they implemented were beneficial acts towards mankind and they executed mass murders without restraint or concerns for moral infringement.
The quotes from Darwin, Marx and Engels were extracted from the website www.wsws.org the World Socialist Web Site. The quotes introduces the subject, “Marx and Darwin: Two great revolutionary thinkers of the nineteenth century” . Intrinsic to the article is the elimination of the named weak: the ‘religious’ and the ‘capitalists’. Under the auspices of these quotes, this activist group is seeking support for the elimination of religion and capitalism as a solution for the social and financial inequalities within society and they consider themselves empowered to destroy them as a kindness to mankind in that they are reducing the overpopulation. They are using the identically same approach that we were taught as kids by our parents that was initiated by Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, and Mao zedong.
Please read the article and read it carefully! My brief comments don’t do it justice. This is the present day Stalin, Mao zedong, Hitler, using the same old tactics.