Secular Education and the Uprooting of Education – Part Four

The Philosophical Takeover

This worldview is on a trajectory to take over. It will mean that there is no person inside of you.  This secular worldview sees a baby as nothing but a blob of meat. If you can cut up a chicken and sell its body parts, why can’t a doctor cut up an unwanted baby and auction his body parts? The Nazis did that freely. The same will happen in America atheists have full control of the government, the judiciary, and the press. Their “humanism” will then show itself to be nothing but animalism.

As a beast, Capitalist America could be incomparably worse than Nazi or Communist empires. At that time, no journalist will think of a Jeffery Epstein as a “monster.” Buying, keeping, and selling young girls as sex-slaves will be normal, logical.

We are well on our way. The attack on children’s innocence has expanded to academics. TEDx speaker Mirjam Heine explained that “pedophilia is an unchangeable sexual orientation,” so we should “overcome our negative feelings about pedophiles.”  She went on to explain the current understanding of pedophilia, “I want to quickly summarize where we are at the moment. According to current research, pedophilia is an unchangeable sexual orientation, just like for example heterosexuality. No one chooses to be a pedophile. No one can cease being one.”20  The current common sense that encapsulates her worldview is on the one hand, “people are born in an unchangeable sexual orientation” and at the same time universities are proponents of “gender fluidity.”  To academia this would be common sense.

Atheism and its Grandchildren

Physicalism or materialism is the philosophical idea that all facets and facts about the human mind and will, and the world that we live in, are dependent and reducible to physical processes. The foundation for this belief was bolstered by Darwinian Evolution. The first generation of atheists did not make great strides in cultural change, but their descendants are rising to prominence.

Modern scientific atheism arose in the 19th century with Charles Robert Darwin. In 1859, Darwin revealed his evolutionary theory in his book entitled, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.” His theory set aside the need for a Creator as the cause of the variety and abundance of life on our planet. He was an agnostic and a believer in the survival of the fittest. Today, agnostics and atheists praise and revere him because he developed a pseudo-scientific basis to support their rejection of God.

Sam Harris, one of the “New Atheists,” gives homage to evolution and to Richard Dawkins, another member of what has been called the “Un-holy trinity” of atheism: “As the biologist Richard Dawkins has observed repeatedly, the only natural process we known of that could produce a being capable of designing things is evolution.”21

For Sam Harris, evolution and atheism hold the true answers for an enlightened culture. He describes Christians as maniacal barbarians in his speech on “How Not to Believe in God.”  “It seems to me that the barbarians really are at the gates. They’re not merely at the gates – many of them are inside the gates. Many of them are manning the gates. The history of our civilization just is not written. There’s no guarantee that it won’t be written by the religious maniacs of the future. It’s for us to change the terms of discourse. My basic argument is quite simple: that the best in us does not require the worst in us. And yet we are told by everyone that delusion is sacred, delusion is all we have, delusion is what must nurture our civilization. It’s not true. … I have now thoroughly depressed you all, and what can we do? I think we’re doing it. I’m very short on programmatic advice. I really don’t think it’s a matter of new laws and sweeping changes at the level of society. What is required is incremental changes at the level of discourse. I think it will come from religious dogmatists being made to look stupid and feel stupid from a hundred sides, and at a certain point it will be unseemly for someone to stand up while running for political office and assert his absolute certainty that God is on his side.”22

Over 15 years have passed since this speech, and we see how “incremental changes at the level of discourse” especially at academic institutions, have Christians feeling attacked from “a hundred sides.”  Harris in “The Politics of Ignorance – 2005” understood the importance of education. “Unreason is now ascendant in the United States – in our schools, in our courts, and in each branch of the federal government. Only 28 percent of Americans believe in evolution.”23  His implied goal was that more Americans would come to believe in evolution as their lens that they view the world. The National Center for Science Education published their survey showing the growth of emphasizing evolution, among biology teachers, from 2007 to 2009.  During that time teachers who reported “evolution as settled science” grew from 51% to 67%.24 Pew Research Center in 2015 reported that 98% of member scientists of the world’s largest general scientific body, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), believe that “humans and other living things have evolved over time.” 25 The retreat of Christians over time in these institutions has left voids in understanding of the negative impacts on the world brought about by Darwinian ideals.

Human Breeding and Genetic Engineering: The True Racism

Charles Darwin saw the practical implications of evolution for the human species. Humans could be bred to improve their physical, ethical, and intellectual qualities. He argued that selective breeding of the human herd could cause rapid biological improvements that, otherwise, would take evolutionary processes millions of years to achieve. He warned that medical advances could rapidly degenerate the human species, because medical technology saves the genetically inferior individuals from death. For example, Darwin argued against the use of small-pox vaccinations. Darwin’s cold-hearted concern for those who were afflicted with this disease are evident from his view of those who died or disfigured from smallpox. “There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to smallpox. Thus, the weak members of civilized societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.”26 The same institutions that deify Darwin are ignorant to his applied worldview of medical technology, or purposely choose to ignore it during these times of COVID.

Following Darwin’s publication of The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, many scientists envisioned the day when evolutionary principles would enrich the qualities of the human species. Why does not society breed a better race of humankind, using this newfound scientific knowledge? Sir Francis Galton, an Englishman who was Charles Darwin’s first cousin, began the study of human eugenics, “good genes.” He did a scientific study of the abilities of different human genetic strains. In his study, he rated the value of human beings according to their different capabilities. Using his extensive data, he argued in support of racial discrimination, claiming that some human races are inherently superior to others.

In Sir Francis Galton’s book, Hereditary Genius: An Inquiry Into Its Laws and Consequences, he stated, “It would be quite practicable to produce a highly-gifted race of men by judicious marriages during several consecutive generations.”27 Just as a race could improve, it could also degenerate back into ape-like men. He proudly disdained “negroes” who made him ashamed even to be a member of the human species. He wrote, “The mistakes the negroes made in their own matters, were so childish, stupid, and simpleton-like, as frequently to make me ashamed of my own species.”28

Leonard Darwin, Charles Darwin’s son, was the president of The Eugenics Education Society, a scientific society devoted to racial improvement. Like his father, he was an ardent believer in biological evolution. He envisioned the strong mastering the weak. He was an evolutionary racist who thought whites were biologically superior to “negroes.” For him, this superiority was simply a matter of scientific fact. In 1926, he wrote, “The aim of eugenics should be the production in future ages of the highest type attainable, it must be wrong to attempt to raise the black races by any process which would result in a lowering of the white stock.”29

Margaret Sanger, the founder of the American Birth Control League which in 1942 became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America espoused eugenics. In a 1957 interview with Mike Wallace, Sanger proclaimed: “I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world – that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born. That to me is the greatest sin that people can commit.”30

Charles Galton Darwin, the grandson of Charles Robert Darwin, delivered the Galton Lecture before the Eugenics Society on February 16th, 1939. Perhaps the Eugenics Society gave him this honor because he was a descendent of Charles R. Darwin. He titled his speech “Positive Eugenic Policy.” Though he was not a biologist by education, he held a deep belief in the importance of evolutionary eugenics. He believed that a caring and civilized society would cause disastrous effects upon the survival qualities of human beings.

C. G. Darwin argued that drastic eugenic measures must be taken to maintain the current level of human evolution. He proposed that society should value a person according to the wages that they earned. “Can anyone suggest a better rough and ready way of estimating a man’s value than by the amount he is paid? There are obviously a great many cases which can be cited against this, but is anything better possible? At any rate when we wish to mark our approval of the value of the services of someone, we do so by increasing, not diminishing, his salary. That will furnish a rough starting point, and it suggests that our national organization ought to be such that the number of children would bear some close positive relation to the income.”31

C.G. Darwin delivered his address to the Eugenics Society in 1939. That was the same year that World War II began. His worries over the deleterious effects of peace and tranquility upon Western Civilization probably came to an end when the bombs started to explode over England. The world saw, firsthand, the destruction caused by his brand of social Darwinism. It took a person like Adolf Hitler, who sincerely believed in eugenics and the mastery of the strong, to show the world the evils of evolutionary ideology. He was powerful and heartless enough to force scientific atheism upon a whole nation. The fall of the Third Reich and the fall in popularity of Darwinian eugenics happened together. The Third Reich’s fall exposed Hitler’s atrocities and embarrassed Darwinian evolutionary eugenicists into silence – at least for a time.

The universities had been churning out a worldview that transformed from idea to implementation, with diabolical consequences. Not surprising was the affirmation of where the root of the problem was lurking.  Hitler even gloated that “our success in the universities” made him more confident than anything of “the victory of our ideas.” If you visit Auschwitz, you will see a plaque of Hilter’s boast: “I freed Germany from the stupid and degrading fallacies of conscience and morality …. We will train young people before whom the world will tremble. I want young people capable of violence – imperious, relentless and cruel.”32

The psychologist Viktor Frankl, M.D. Ph.D, survived that concentration camp. He warned of the direct link between the intelligentsia and the horrors of the camps: “I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.”33

Ignoring history and logic, atheist-Marxist now place societal ills at the feet of religious western Bible oriented followers. Racism, income inequality, and world wars are not the obvious fruit of Darwinian Atheism.   To solve racial issues we need to look to the philosophies that sustain racism, we need to stand against companies that peddle racism to solve racism (like Panorama Education run by the Attorney General’s son-in-law, and look to the Biblical teaching of the human race being made in God’s image.  

Nihilism: When the West Loses its Soul

Tragically Materialistic Atheism often leads to nihilism, the rejection of all religious and moral principles, objective truth, and thereby life is meaningless.

On April 8, 1994, an electrician accidentally discovered a dead body in Seattle, Washington. A shotgun had blown the victim’s head into unrecognizable bits.  The police investigation concluded that the victim of this ghastly tragedy was the rock legend Kurt Cobain (b. 1967) and that he had committed suicide a few days earlier. Cobain, the lead singer and gifted guitarist for the rock band Nirvana, captured his generation’s loss of anchor, center, or soul so effectively that Nirvana’s album Nevermind sold ten million copies, displacing Michael Jackson at the top of the charts. The phrase “never mind” means “don’t bother,” “don’t concern yourself.”  Why should you mind, since nothing is true, good, or beautiful in any absolute sense?  “Never mind” is a logical virtue for a nihilist who thinks that there is nothing out there to give meaning and significance.

Harvard Magazine reflects on this lack of purpose in the article “The loneliness pandemic – 2020.”34 Loneliness is not monolithic. When most people think of the feeling, they think of what Jeremy Nobel, a lecturer at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), calls psychological or interpersonal loneliness. “Like, ‘Do I have a friend? Do I have someone I can tell my troubles to?’” he says. But there’s also existential loneliness: “Do I fit into the universe? Does my life have any meaning, purpose, weight, valence, mission?”35 He finds such questions particularly troublesome for 18-24-year-olds, who are, studies have shown, the loneliest group in the country. 

Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth writes, “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”  Without an eternal view when we look around, scientific atheism has no answer; it leads to meaninglessness. As humanistic philosophical ideas percolate on campuses across the west, we are seeing their efforts rewarded.

Warnings from Europe: Fascism and the Cultural Elite

We see a Diabolical plan reflected in Nazism and Communism and in the educational philosophies described above. The wolves have made their ravenous plans clear, but we have ignored the warnings in the Bible and even our own ears. Names like “Hitler,” “Marx” and “Stalin” are invoked so often that we barely hear them anymore. But hear what they themselves have said, and carefully ruminate on the implications of the plans they openly confessed.

German society during the rise of the Nazi Party was not barbaric and backward. It was filled with old families, love of country, and tradition. It was largely Lutheran, at least on the surface. It was not a culture that an outsider would think could descend so deeply into evil practices.

But Adolf Hitler knew how to bring about change that bypassed the elites. He called children “the most valuable possession a people can have”, explaining his program boldly in Mein Kampf: “The State must assert itself as the trustee of a millennial future, in face of which the egotistic desires of the individual count for nothing and will have to give way before the ruling of the State.”36

The purpose of education, then, was to indoctrinate youth. On May Day, 1933, Hitler taunted parents: “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time, they will know nothing else but this new community.’”37

The other great totalitarian movement of our times, Marxism-Leninism, if anything, placed even greater emphasis on education. In The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx had already in the mid-19th Century recognized the central importance of schools: “The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions at state expense.”38

Joseph Stalin had the chance to fulfill this prophecy as absolute ruler of the Soviet Union. He spoke of schools in militaristic terms: “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”39

Why are crocodiles so focused on their prey – our children – while so many of us make them cross the river unprotected and unaided? Our children are the most valuable possession that God has entrusted to us. We need to become at least as militant, and as bold, in shepherding them in a godly way, as our Enemy is in trying to destroy them. Satan obviously did not throw in the towel with the defeat of 20th Century totalitarianism. Rather, he evolved a new breed of Marxism, marrying Narcissism and Hedonism to increase the potency on university campuses.

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