Hank Hanegraaff, CRI
More consequences for society hinge on the cosmogenic myth of evolution than on any other. Among them are the sovereignty of self, the sexual revolution, and survival of the fittest.
This article is from Hank Hanegraaff, The Complete Bible Answer Book—Collector’s Edition(Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008) Get the Book
First, the supposed death of God in the nineteenth century ushered in an era in which humans proclaimed themselves sovereigns of the universe. Humanity’s perception of autonomy led to sacrificing truth on the altar of subjectivism. Ethics and morals were no longer determined on the basis of objective standards but rather by the size and strength of the latest lobbying group. With no enduring reference point, societal norms were reduced to mere matters of preference.
Furthermore, the evolutionary dogma saddled society with the devastating consequences of the sexual revolution. We got rid of the Almighty and in return got adultery, abortion, and AIDS. Adultery has become commonplace as evolutionary man fixates on feelings rather than fidelity. Abortion has become epidemic as people embrace expediency over ethics. And AIDS has become pandemic as people clamor for condoms apart from commitment. Tragically, more people have died of AIDS than America has lost in all its wars combined. Despite the consequences, promiscuous sex continues to be glorified in the media, in movies, through music, and by Madison Avenue. Only one rule seems to endure: life has no rules.
Finally, evolutionism has popularized such racist clichés as “survival of the fittest.” In The Descent of Man, Darwin speculated “at some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world.” In addition, Darwin subtitled his magnum opus The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. Indeed, for evolution to succeed, it is as crucial that the unfit die as that the fittest survive. Nowhere were the far–reaching consequences of such cosmogenic mythology more evident than in the pseudoscience of eugenics. Eugenics hypothesized that the gene pool was being corrupted by the less fit genes of inferior people. As a result, segments of our society—including Jews and blacks—were subjected to state–sanctioned sterilization. Thankfully, eugenics has faded into the shadowy recesses of history for now. The tragic consequences of the evolutionary dogma that birthed it, however, are yet with us today.
For further study, see Hank Hanegraaff, Fatal Flaws (Nashville:W Publishing Group, 2003).
“Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.”