By Rev. R.J. Rushdoony
I was in the eighth grade when I read Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. I read it at first receptively and then with shock. It was difficult reading because it demonstrated nothing, but was written as an act of faith, a colossal and blind faith. It was widely accepted when first published in 1859 and the first printing sold out in two days. As George Bernard Shaw, who accepted Darwin, observed, the book was seen as man’s liberation from the God of Christianity.
Today, this false liberation continues to dominate civilization. Men want freedom from Christ, not truth. They will not consider alternatives to their blind faith in Darwinism. We live therefore in a culture based on this. Many civilizations have done this before us, and their end has been death. Since roughly 1660, humanism has dominated the Western World, and now most other areas. Since the rise of public education, it has been extended to all classes and is now dominant in virtually all major churches.
Despite high hopes for the twenty-first century, its prospects are very bad unless it returns to Christ. The twentieth century has been called by able scholars the bloodiest and most evil of all centuries. Without a return to the Faith, the twenty-first century will become even worse.
A common view in many churches is that the Christian gospel is comprehended by being born again. This, however, is the beginning, not the end, of faith. When ‘being born again’ becomes the totality of the Faith, it is a departure from Christ. Its goal is then self-centered and wrong.
The Triune God redeems us to fulfill Adam’s calling to exercise dominion, and if we fail to do so, we leave all things under the dominion of the Fall. Our faith becomes a man-centered one, and we sin against our Lord. Time will tell what direction the church will take in this century?
A Thought from Random Notes
The ancient Stoic view of the good life was life in accordance with nature. For Christians, because nature has fallen, the virtuous life is in accordance with Jesus Christ and God’s law-word. Charles Darwin, in The Descent of Man, held that “the standard of morality [is] the general good or welfare of the community.” He saw the good of evolution as the rearing and pressuring of healthy and vigorous individuals. In other words, morality is an evolutionary product! Nietzsche took Darwin’s premise to mean that evolution would lead to “a transvaluation of all values.” This meant for him the radical abandonment of all Biblical standards. This is what is happening today in our courts, legislatures, and, too often, in our churches.(1)
- From Random Notes73 by R.J. Rushdoony.
Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916-2001) was the founder of Chalcedon and a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical Law to society.
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