The View From 1776
Question of the Day - August 25, 2006
Rabbi Daniel Lapin in his Toward Tradition?Newsletter asks why should the Jewish Anti-Demafation League denounce a TV documentary titled “Darwin?s Deadly Legacy”?
This documentary, released by Coral Ridge Ministries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, “features prominent intellectuals like University of California law professor Phillip Johnson, and scientists with unimpeachable academic credentials like professors Michael Behe and Jonathan Wells,” according to Rabbi Lapin.
Rabbi Lapin writes, “This dazzling production shows how ideas always have consequences, often unintended, and how Darwinism has impacted American culture. ?It discusses how the philosophy of evolution can dehumanize people and how Adolf Hitler, on his own admission, was influenced by Darwinian thought.”
“This is how the ADL blasted the documentary (reportedly, before seeing it): ?This is an outrageous and shoddy attempt by D. James Kennedy to trivialize the horrors of the Holocaust.?? ADL National Director Abe Foxman warns that, ?It must be remembered that D. James Kennedy is a leader among the distinct group of Christian Supremacists who seek to reclaim America for Christ and turn the U.S. into a Christian nation guided by their strange notions of biblical law.?
- "It discusses how the philosophy of evolution can dehumanize people and how Adolf Hitler, on his own admission, was influenced by Darwinian thought.
- I think you miss the point, David. While you are correct about Darwinism not "causing" Hitler to act the way he did, is is a sympton of his mindset in which he rejects the "absolutes" truths and is willing to accept "theories" that haven't been proven.
For example, the evolutionists label a "bird" alike in all respect in the Galapagos to another bird elsewhere, except for coloration, as a "new specie" but call all humans of differnt color the same specie. Hitler searched the world for the source of the "master race" Germans had come from
- I mean, the absolute truth has also caused a lot of dehumanizing throughout history. Hitler believed in the absolute truth of the superiority of the German people and consider 'foreign' elements as the root of Germany's problems. Hitler then proceeded to eliminate Germany's problems. Relativism or absolutism is not the real culprit here. It is the "crooked timber" of humankind Kant talked of.
We talk about Darwinism and its relativism. If it wasn't for relativism the many variables that naturally exist in humankind could not coexist or live in mutual harmony. There would be far, far more feuding in the world if there wasn't a relativism. No one has mention Spinozaism, the doctrine that says there is no absolutes in religion, or that no one religion is more absolute than another.
Spinoza opened the door to the tolerance and balance that made America possible. With the absolutes that existed before Spinoza America would not have been possible. America represents the absence of many absolutes except those of "all Men are created equal" and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
There is a place for absolutism talk, it that it keeps relativism realistic so that it does become uncontrollable or unsustainable.
An interesting person died recently, Vashti McCollum. She, probably more than any body else, is most responsible for keeping religious instruction out of schools, thus reinforcing the idea of separation of church and state.
- You are distorting what "absolute truth" was to the founders of this nation. The only absolutes are not what any "man" believe regardless of how "absolute" he is, as Hitler was. The only "absolutes" to the founders were those found in the Bible from God.
Man's absolutes don't count.