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Survey show the effects of Darwin’s corrosive idea: People are just animals

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From Andre Mitchell at Christian Today:

According to a report on PR News Wire, the Discovery Institute conducted a study on nearly 3,700 American adults, including self-identified agnostics and atheists, to assess if belief on evolutionary theory really has an effect on religious belief.

The respondents were specifically given a list of ideas related to science and nature, and were asked to identify which of these ideas “have made the existence of God less likely, more likely, or have had no impact on your belief in the existence of God.”

Some 45 percent of the respondents agreed with the statement that “evolution shows that human beings are not fundamentally different from other animals.” Another 43 percent also believed that evolution “shows that no living thing is more important than any other.”More.

Yikes. These people are our American readers’ neighbours. And they think “no living thing is more important than any other”?

Like we say, stop all teaching of Darwinism in the schools now.

Note: The Discovery Institute’s survey can be downloaded here.

See also: Sure enough, mass murderer of Muslim students is a Darwin fan

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8 Replies to “Survey show the effects of Darwin’s corrosive idea: People are just animals

  1. 1
    Seversky says:

    Encouraging news but there’s obviously still a long way to go.

  2. 2
    bornagain77 says:

    Darwinian reasoning, to the extent it has influenced popular imagination, has had a tremendous negative impact on society at large:

    “More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.
    Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.
    What is more, the events of the Russian Revolution can only be understood now, at the end of the century, against the background of what has since occurred in the rest of the world. What emerges here is a process of universal significance. And if I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, here too, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God.
    The failings of human consciousness, deprived of its divine dimension, have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century.”,,,
    Aleksander Solzhenitsyn – “Men Have Forgotten God” – The Templeon Address – 1983

    The Cultural Impact of Darwinian Evolution – John West, PhD – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFh4whzh_NU

    How Darwin’s Theory Changed the World – Rejection of Judeo-Christian values
    Excerpt: Weikart explains how accepting Darwinist dogma shifted society’s thinking on human life: “Before Darwinism burst onto the scene in the mid-nineteenth century, the idea of the sanctity of human life was dominant in European thought and law (though, as with all ethical principles, not always followed in practice). Judeo-Christian ethics proscribed the killing of innocent human life, and the Christian churches explicitly forbade murder, infanticide, abortion, and even suicide.
    “The sanctity of human life became enshrined in classical liberal human rights ideology as ‘the right to life,’ which according to John Locke and the United States Declaration of Independence, was one of the supreme rights of every individual” (p. 75).
    Only in the late nineteenth and especially the early twentieth century did significant debate erupt over issues relating to the sanctity of human life, especially infanticide, euthanasia, abortion, and suicide. It was no mere coincidence that these contentious issues emerged at the same time that Darwinism was gaining in influence. Darwinism played an important role in this debate, for it altered many people’s conceptions of the importance and value of human life, as well as the significance of death” (ibid.).
    http://www.gnmagazine.org/issu.....-world.htm

    The Biology of the Second Reich: Social Darwinism and the Origins of World War 1 – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n900e80R30

    From Darwin To Hitler – Richard Weikart – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_5EwYpLD6A

    Historian Paul Johnson is Darwin’s Latest Biographer — and a Pretty Devastating One – David Klinghoffer – October 14, 2012
    Excerpt: “Both Himmler, head of the SS and Goebbels, the propaganda chief,” were students of Darwin, ,,,
    Hitler apparently carried the theory of natural selection “to its logical conclusion.” “Leading Communists,” moreover, “from Lenin to Trotsky to Stalin and Mao Tse-tung” considered evolution “essential to the self-respect of Communists. … Darwin provided stiffening to the scaffold of laws and dialectic they erected around their seizure of power.”
    Even Stalin,, “had Darwin’s ‘struggle’ and ‘survival of the fittest’ in mind” when murdering entire ethnic groups, as did Pol Pot,,,
    ,,the “emotional stew” Darwin built up in Origin played a major part in the development of the 20th century’s genocides.,,,
    No one who is remotely thoughtful blames Charles Darwin “for millions of deaths.” But to say, as Johnson does, that Darwin’s theory contributed to the growth of a view of the world that in turn had horrendously tragic consequences — well, that’s obviously true, it did. We have documented this extensively here at ENV, as have historians including our contributor Richard Weikart (Hitler’s Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress, From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany, Socialist Darwinism: Evolution in German Socialist Thought from Marx to Bernstein).
    There is, or should be, nothing controversial about this (fact of history).
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....65281.html

    As we have seen, World War I broke out because of European thinkers, generals and administrators who saw warfare, bloodshed and suffering as a kind of ‘development’, and thought they were an unchanging ‘law of nature. ‘ The ideological root that dragged all of that generation to destruction was nothing else than Darwin’s concepts of the ’struggle for survival’ and ‘favored races’.,,,
    That the Nazis were influenced by Darwinism is a fact that many historians accept.,,,
    In short, there is an unbreakable link between the theory of evolution and communism. ,,,
    http://absolute-truth.net/2009.....27s_theory

    The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression:
    Excerpt: Essentially a body count of communism’s victims in the 20th century, the book draws heavily from recently opened Soviet archives. The verdict: communism was responsible for between 85 million and 100 million, non-war related, deaths in the century. (of note: this estimate is viewed as very conservative by many, with some more realistic estimates passing 200 million dead) (Of Note: Atheistic Communism is defined as Dialectic Materialism)
    http://www.amazon.com/Black-Bo.....0674076087

    In fact, because of the amorality inherent in materialism, Darwinists even lack the ethical moorings necessary to condemn the holocaust, or the Russian and Chinese democide, as objectively evil:

    Can Darwinists Condemn Hitler and Remain Consistent with Their Darwinism? – Richard Weikart -October 27, 2011
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....52331.html

    “Yet our common moral knowledge is as real as arithmetic, and probably just as plain. Paradoxically, maddeningly, we appeal to it even to justify wrongdoing; rationalization is the homage paid by sin to guilty knowledge.”
    – J. Budziszewski, What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide

    Christianity, on the other hand, has had a tremendous positive impact on society. From Josh McDowell, Evidence for Christianity, in giving examples of the influence of Jesus Christ, cites many examples of Christianity’s positive influence on the world. Here are just a few:

    1. Hospitals
    2. Universities
    3. Literacy and education for the masses
    4. Representative government
    5. Separation of political powers
    6. Civil liberties
    7. Abolition of slavery
    8. Modern science
    9. The elevation of the common man
    10. High regard for human life

    There is also tremendous personal benefit for believing in God:

    “, I maintain that whatever else faith may be, it cannot be a delusion.
    The advantageous effect of religious belief and spirituality on mental and physical health is one of the best-kept secrets in psychiatry and medicine generally. If the findings of the huge volume of research on this topic had gone in the opposite direction and it had been found that religion damages your mental health, it would have been front-page news in every newspaper in the land.”
    – Professor Andrew Sims former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists – Is Faith Delusion?: Why religion is good for your health – preface

    “In the majority of studies, religious involvement is correlated with well-being, happiness and life satisfaction; hope and optimism; purpose and meaning in life; higher self-esteem; better adaptation to bereavement; greater social support and less loneliness; lower rates of depression and faster recovery from depression; lower rates of suicide and fewer positive attitudes towards suicide; less anxiety; less psychosis and fewer psychotic tendencies; lower rates of alcohol and drug use and abuse; less delinquency and criminal activity; greater marital stability and satisfaction… We concluded that for the vast majority of people the apparent benefits of devout belief and practice probably outweigh the risks.”
    – Professor Andrew Sims former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists – Is Faith Delusion?: Why religion is good for your health – page 100
    https://books.google.com/books?id=PREdCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA100#v=onepage&q&f=false

    Clearly, if atheists were reasonable, they should become Christians just for the practical benefits of being Christians. But alas, I’ve seen little that is based on being reasonable within the overall Atheistic mindset.

    Verse:

    Matthew 7:15-19
    “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are savage wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

    John 3:19
    This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

    James 1:17
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

  3. 3
    redwave says:

    Seversky @1. “Encouraging news but there’s obviously still a long way to go.” Could you or would explain how it is the article’s survey results are encouraging news? And in what teleological sense ” … there’s obviously a long way to go.”?

  4. 4
    Silver Asiatic says:

    Seversky

    Encouraging news but there’s obviously still a long way to go.

    Evolution is non-directional. It has no targets or goals. It is not going anywhere. It does not plan for a future state, so there is no long way or short way to go.

  5. 5
    bornagain77 says:

    of related note:

    Was Darwinism Banned from Nazi Germany? – Richard Weikart – November 21, 2016
    Excerpt: This notion that Darwinism was banned in Nazi Germany is pretty widespread on blogs, especially those by atheists and freethinkers.,,,
    If we want to know whether Darwinism was taught or banned in Nazi Germany, the logical place to start would be to look at the schools and universities. The Nazis were zealous about controlling the educational institutions, so they could inculcate their ideology into the minds of the youth.
    What was in the official Nazi biology curriculum and the textbooks? As it turns out, the Nazi Ministry of Education published curricular guidelines in 1938, and the biology curriculum mandated extensive teaching about evolution. Further, the National Socialist Teachers’ League developed a biology curriculum in 1936-37. Of the ten major topics covered in the higher grades, one was biological evolution and another was human evolution. I have examined numerous biology textbooks published in Nazi Germany, which were approved by the Nazi Ministry of Education, and they uniformly taught Darwinian evolution, devoting considerable attention to it in the higher grades.,,,
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....03304.html

    And here we sit 70 years later with the same Darwinian propaganda in schools being promoted by atheists.

  6. 6
    tjguy says:

    Seversky is “encouraged” by these results!

    He thinks it’s a good thing that people think “no living thing is more important than any other”.

    It’s amazing to me how blind these people are. Just wait until he is one of those living things that is seen as no more important than a fly and see how fast he changes his tune.

    The implications of Darwinian thinking are indeed SCARY for society, human rights, morality, etc.

  7. 7
    Silver Asiatic says:

    Blindness seems to be a good way to describe it.
    In more formal psychiatric terms, we have:

    Amoral Personality Disorder

    Diagnosis: Psychiatric interview and the mental status exam is the primary method of diagnosis for this disorder as with all personality disorders. Observation of the individual’s orientation, dress, mannerisms, behavior and content of speech provide essential signs to diagnose the illness. The diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder cannot be made if schizophrenia, mania or mental retardation can explain the symptoms.

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    rvb8 says:

    Well we aren’t ‘fundamentally’ different from other mammals at least. And at a cellular level we share traits with all living things.

    No living thing is more important than any other thing, if we consider life on earth as inter-connected. Humans have made ourselves more important, and I’m very happy with that.
    But the statement by itself is plainly correct.

    tjguy;

    I think Seversky is encouraged that over 40% of a sample group in the US now accept evolution. That’s probably why he was encouraged. In the 50s, 60s, and even the 70s, and 80s, these figures would have been unthinkable.

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