Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your letter concerning the December 2007 edition of JOY! magazine and the Darwin’s Deadly Legacy article. We do appreciate your concerns. However, ideas do have consequences.
We do realise that while Karl Marx wanted to dedicate one of his books to Charles Darwin, Darwin declined the offer. However, as Joseph Stalin said: “Evolution leads to revolution.” That may not have been the intention of Charles Darwin, but it was certainly the effect.
I have also seen writings of Charles Darwin where he predicted, without any apparent criticism or ethical reservations, that in the future “the advanced races” would exterminate the “primitive races.”
I do not think that anyone is trying to excuse the Marxist dictators, tyrants and mass-murderers from their own personal responsibility, nor do I believe that the author of the article is attempting to establish a judicial guilt or responsibility on behalf of Charles Darwin for what many of his erstwhile disciples have done in terms of “the preservation of favoured races”, and Darwinian social theory. However ideas are not neutral. Ideas have consequences. Actions flow from thought patterns. And Secular Humanism, firmly founded on evolutionary theory, has led to the legalization of abortion and the deaths of many hundreds of millions of innocent babies worldwide.
In addition Secular Humanist governments such as the National Socialists of Hitler, and the International Socialists of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and others has led to the concentration camps, de-kulakisation of the Ukraine and literally hundreds and millions of victims all the way through to Zimbabwe today.
Karl Marx may not have personally killed anyone, but many people who have taken his writings, philosophy and economic and social theories seriously most certainly have killed millions. Similarly, at the end of the 20 th century one did need to count up the cost as books such as The Black Book of Communism and Death By Government attempted to do.
Only people ignorant of history could attempt to draw some parallel between Martin Luther and Adolph Hitler. Adolph Hitler was a follower of Nietzsche not Luther. He despised the Christianity of Luther. He quoted far more from Hegel and Nietzsche.
Hitler attempted to revive many of the Nordic, Viking, pagan gods and he most certainly did quote from Darwin. He was also very positive about the work of Margaret Sanger (the founder of Planned Parenthood) and her theory to use abortion to“exterminate human weeds.”
As we have just passed the 200 th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade by the British Parliament (1807), it would be worthwhile for you to view the film Amazing Gracewhich highlights some of the role of Evangelicals such as William Wilberforce in bringing an end to the slave trade. Every nation, race and religion was involved in slavery. It is a fact of history that only Bible believing Christians brought an end to the slave trade. Christians have been in the forefront of championing freedom of religion, freedom of movement, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, constitutionally limited government, separation of powers, the rule of law, and other foundational pillars of civilization.
I believe that those who study the record would have to agree that the followers of Christ have overwhelmingly made this world a better place by establishing hospitals, schools, justice and charity where it had never been known before; and the advocates of evolution have made the 20 th century the bloodiest century in history through it’s world wars, dictatorships, euthanasia, ethnic cleansing and abortion holocaust.
The Scripture begins: “In the beginning God”. But Darwinian evolutionism with its“survival of the fittest” ideology has devalued human life. If man is not created in the image of God, and if there is no God in heaven who will judge the living and the dead, if there are no objective standards of right and wrong – then life becomes cheap. When you devalue God, you devalue life.
People who believe in evolution have described human beings as: “A hairless ape”Schoenberg: “A mere insect, an ant…” – Church: “An accidental twig” – Gould; “A rope stretched over an abyss” Nietzsche; “A fungus on the surface on one of the minor planets” – Du Maurier; “I see no reason for attributing to man a significant difference in kind from that which belongs to a grain of sand.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes “You came from nothing. You’re going nowhere. Life is meaningless.”
The Scripture declares in Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”
When atheism takes hold of society, moral relevatism is inevitable. There is no objective standard of right and wrong, no God, no eternal judgment, no hope of eternal justice. The earth becomes cheap.
It is a fact that the triumph of Secular Humanism with it’s atheism, evolutionism and situation ethics led to the rise of the gangster statesmen such as Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Fidal Castro, Pol Pot, Robert Mugabe and so may others like them. At least 180 million people were killed by Secular governments in the 20 th century. Joseph Stalin who was responsible for the deaths of over 36 million people, and who closed down over 48,000 churches, attempting the liquidation of the entire Christian church, declared: “Evolution leads to revolution!”
Thank you so very much for your letter, and for allowing us the opportunity to explain further some of the concerns that led to the article Darwin’s Deadly Legacy. Should you be interested in Dr. James Kennedy’s one hour documentary on Darwin’s Deadly Legacy, do write to us and we will gladly send you a complimentary copy of this DVD.
May God lead you into all truth.
Yours for Faith and freedom
Dr Peter Hammond