To The REVIEW:
The Rev. Stanley Groothof suggested that the question of origins is a squabble that is of lesser importance than things like climate change, creation care, sexism, etc. (Sept. 7 REVIEW letter)
May I suggest the following:
Darwin was a racist and taught that Negroes and Aborigines were inferior to whites and would someday be eliminated. The full title of his book was “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.”
The evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould wrote, “Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory.” Ontogeny and phylogeny (1977)
Darwin also taught that men are superior to women. (sexism)
Darwin’s ideas inspired the German generals to start World War I because, as they wrote in their military books, Germany would win in nature’s war for the survival of the fittest because Germans were the superior race.
For example Gen. von Bernhardi is his 1910 book “Germany and the Next War” wrote: “War is a biological necessity, the natural law, the law of the struggle for existence.” “Germany is in social-political respects at the head of all progress in culture.” “War is the foremost duty of the state.”
World War II carried this philosophy even further when Hitler accepted Darwin’s view of superior races and declared that the Jews, Slavs and Africans were “untermensch,” men lower (“under”) in ability and worth. Millions were slaughtered by him in the name of evolution
Stalin, while attending a Russian Orthodox Seminary in Georgia, was given a Russian copy of Darwin’s “Origin of Species,” which caused him to give up his faith and put Darwinism into practice resulting in the murder of at least 20 million Russians (Solzhenitsen says it was 60 million from Lenin through Khrushchev).
The first thing Mao Tse Tung required the people to read after he forced Communism on the Chinese was Darwin’s “Origin of Species.” Sixty million Chinese were killed during the Cultural Revolution of the ’60s and ’70s.
I hear someone say, that’s irrelevant, because around here our Christian college teachers espouse theistic evolution, not atheistic evolution. Consider how theistic evolution affected the following people:
1) Howard Van Til, professor of astronomy at Calvin College, who taught animal ancestry, upon retirement, showed his true colors. At a speech given to the atheist society of Grand Rapids, he said he did not believe that God is above creation, but that he is part of creation (pantheism). “I find myself avoiding the word ‘God’ because of its tight associations with supernaturalism. I favor other terminology like The Sacred, and play with still other names like The More, or the SUM (Sacred Universal More).”
2) Harry Kuitert, head of the Free University of Amsterdam, who followed Berkhouwer, espoused animal ancestry of man, and upon retiring showed his true colors by writing a book declaring that he did not believe in the Trinity, In “Jesus, the Inheritance of Christianity” (1998) he wrote “Jesus supported the Jewish view of God, so he never saw himself as God on earth. He is not a Second God, nor the Second Person of the Holy Trinity,”
3) Charles Templeton (1915-2001) toured Europe in the ’40s with Billy Graham as evangelist, then in 1948 studied at Princeton Seminary where he accepted evolution as true, gave up his faith, ceased evangelizing and later wrote “Farewell to God: My Reasons for Rejecting the Christian Faith.” (1995)
4) In the ASA journal of 2010, Daniel Harlow, Calvin theology prof, like Jason Lief, denied a real Adam and Eve in the name of evolution, and concluded that we must teach a different reason for the coming of Christ and a reworking of the whole framework of biblical theology. Thus where evolution is accepted it becomes a cancer that eventually destroys faith.
If we teach the false God of evolution, if we minimize His atonement, His holiness and His goodness as Dr. Lief’s book does, then who will want to worship this monster God of evolution, the God of racism and the God of the survival of the fittest? This is not an “in-house squabble.”
Gary Vander Hart, Sioux Center
This letter has been updated to reflect the correct institution listed by the author.