The inescapable relevance of Darwinism
Mark K. writes:
Some people may consider discussions of Darwinism superfluous and not binding on our social and political realities in America. But on a visit to the supermarket, I noticed Jimmy Carter’s book “Our Endangered Values” being promoted. I picked it up and leafed through it and what do I see inside—a chapter on Darwinian evolution. Carter tries to make a case for a peaceful co-existence between Darwinist theory and the Christian world view. I also had noticed in Alan Dershowitz’s book “Blasphemy”—a critique of the influence of “right-wing fundamentalism” on the legal interpretation of American history and the Constitution—a chapter on Darwin. Dershowitz makes the case that if theism should not be the foundation for our political and legal charters, what replaces it is biological and cultural progressivism (best encapsulated as evolution). So in fact the myth of Darwinian evolution is coming into our social, political and legal discourses. Of course in Europe it already has established itself as THE progressivist paradigm. Interestingly enough Ruth Bader Ginsberg said a few years ago that American constitutional jurisprudence should look at European laws for help in interpreting the U.S. Constitution. So Darwinism is very much a critical underpinning that merits discussion.Mark’s remarks are significant in light of the recent comment by E. in Florida that discussions of atheism and Darwinism are a pointless distraction. The whole controversy, says E., has been unnecessarily manufactured by believers, of whom he remarks (echoing Barack Obama) that they have some irrational “need” for a god.
What intelligent, conservative agnostics and atheists such as E. need to understand is that even if they personally don’t believe in God and consider the God vs. Darwinism issue both irrevocably settled (in favor of Darwinism) and irrelevant to any true concerns, the world does not share their indifference. Darwinist atheism is not simply a neutral “truth” that people are free to believe or not to believe. It is an expansive creed, seeking to dominate and transform society and suppress traditional beliefs. American society, including the very idea of limited government, is based on a religious understanding of existence. Government must be limited because man is an imperfect, “fallen” being driven by desire for power. Officially atheist societies, such as Europe has become, have no notion of human sin (except of course for the deadly sin of violating the strictures against non-discrimination), and therefore they have no rational basis for limiting human power and making it accountable. The upshot is that if one believes in freedom, one needs to be concerned about the move of the West toward the establishment of atheism/Darwinism as its official creed.
Last January, after the paleoconservative Catholic writer John Zmirak had expressed his complete disdain for white people who think that race is important, the blogger Dulle Griet wittily commented: “Mr. Zmirak, you may not be interested in race, but race is interested in you.” Given the steady move of the West toward quasi totalitarian societies with Darwinism as their state religion, it can be said with equal aptness to conservative non-believers: You may not be interested in the God vs. Darwin issue, but the God vs. Darwin issue is interested in you.
Bill in Maryland writes:
You write: “Darwinist atheism is not simply a neutral “truth” that people are free to believe or not to believe. It is an expansive creed … “Gintas writes:
This is from The American Spectator:Ben W. writes:
I heard an interesting comment about Darwinian evolution yesterday. The speaker said, “I don’t really feel any emotion when someone tells me that an antelope may have turned into a giraffe.” This struck me because I too don’t really care if animal 1 turns into animal 2—after all a wormy cocoon turns into a butterfly and it doesn’t disturb me. On the contrary, it is rather delightful to see the emergence of a butterfly from a “worm.”
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 15, 2008 03:13 PM | Send