Last Sunday we noted a new book by psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple, and writer Ken Francis, The Terror of Existence: From Ecclesiastes to Theatre of the Absurd. They tackle the same topics in twin essays, as a Christian and an agnostic. Francis kindly sends us an excerpt from one of his essays featuring Jeffrey Dahmer (1960-1994), murderer and cannibal:
One of the worst terrors of existence is the fear of being murdered or badly tortured. We read endless stories of homicide, both fact and fictional, and the ones that spook us most are those carried out by the psychopath. The Moors Murders in the UK during the 1960s were perhaps the most disturbing story of the slaying of innocent children by a couple of deranged ‘lovers’(more like partners in murder), Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, but the story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer (1960-1994), is not for the fainthearted. Dahmer was a sex killer who not only murdered his 17 victims, but also dismembered their corpses and cannibalised some of them. Before being killed in prison by a fellow inmate, during an MSNBC interview in 1994, Dahmer claimed that Darwinian unguided evolution, which was taught in school, made him believe humans were insignificant animals.
Thanking his father who was present during the interview, Dahmer thanked his dad for sending him scientific material on theism. He said: ‘I always believed the lie that evolution is truth, the theory of evolution is truth, that we all just came from the slime, and when we died, you know, that was it, there was nothing – so the whole theory cheapens life. I started reading books that show how evolution is just a complete lie. There’s no basis in science to uphold it. And I’ve since come to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the true Creator of the heavens and the earth, that it didn’t just happen. I’ve accepted him as my Lord and Saviour, and I believe that I, as well as everyone else will be accountable to him. . . . If a person doesn’t think there is a God to be accountable to, then what’s the point in trying to modify your behaviour to keep it in acceptable ranges?’
 ‘Remember serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer? Darwinism played a role in his crimes too’, Uncommon Descent website, June 28, 2012.
One thinks of the role Darwinism played as a motivator in the Columbine murders as well. As a theory in science, it seems uniquely able to captivate violent people.
Has anyone ever founded a children’s hospital or an old age home for the poor on behalf of Darwinism?
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See also: Remember serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer? Darwinism played a role in his crimes too. Many may remember serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer (1960-1994), who killed and mutilated at least 17 men and boys and was killed in prison by a fellow inmate. Less well known is the struggle he had (or claims to have had) over the issue of unguided evolution, whose most popular form is Darwinism. (2012)
Theodore Dalrymple and Ken Francis on the terror of a materialist atheist’s existence