"“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet;” -Juliet Act II Scene II
In other words, a rose is not defined by its name but by its essence. The essence of an idea, being or substance is that which constitutes its’ particular nature and which distinguishes it from all others. For example, the essence or nature of selfishness remains the same regardless of how it has been perfumed and repackaged (i.e., self-esteem) just the same as the essence of the color blue remains blue even if it is called yellow.
This is also true of people. A person is not defined by his name or occupation but by his essence---his soul/spirit. A person is a spirit and personality is the total individuality of the spirit. Without spirit there is no person.
“….there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
There is no escaping the essence of a thing and the same is true of ideas, which even when dressed differently remain the same. For example, the same lie Satan fed Adam and Eve in the Garden has been packaged and repackaged thousands of times ever since, namely that God does not really exist:
“And they called to Noah, saying, Open for us that we may come to thee in the ark---and wherefore shall we die? And Noah, with a loud voice, answered them….saying, Have you not all rebelled against the Lord, and said that he does not exist?” Jasher 6:18-19
“Exalting mankind to the status of deity...dates from the farthest reaches of antiquity, but its development into an ideology embracing the masses is a characteristic of modernity." (Herbert Schlossberg, cited in The Seduction of Christianity, Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon)
If God is really just an active, thinking force within nature, then naturalism, a concept reaching back to the days of Noah becomes by default the only explanation of reality. As either materialism or pantheism, modern naturalism holds that life created itself from pre-existing or spontaneously generated matter as Ayn Rand, one of Libertarianism’s most influential thinkers affirmed.
Rand’s naturalistic philosophy called Objectivism combined elements from empiricism (knowledge begins in the senses rather than mind or spirit), Nietzschean ‘superman atheism,’ Adam Smith’s capitalism, Sigmund Freud’s materialist-based illusionism (God is an illusion caused by movement of chemicals in grey matter) and hedonistic egoism.
The god Rand raised up over the earth,
“…this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy, and peace and pride (is in) one word: I.” (For the New Intellectual, p. 65)
Moving from Rand to Marxist Communism, a form of pantheism called scientific socialism, dialectical (thinking) matter in motion continually attains to higher perfection,
“…under its own power, thanks to indwelling dialectic…the dialectical materialists attribution of ‘dialectic’ to matter confers on it, not mental attributes only, but even divine ones.” (Dialectical Materialism, Gustav A. Wetter, 1977, p. 58)
Enrico Ferri (1858-1926) a prominent socialist who for many years was the editor of Avanti, a socialist daily, expounds on the miracle producing powers of the thinking forces animating matter and nonliving ideological systems such as socialism and positive science. In “Socialism and Religious Beliefs” Ferri observes that animated positive science has,
“…has substituted the conception of natural causality for the conception of miracles and divinity…I add that not only is Darwinism not contrary to socialism, but that it forms one of its fundamental scientific premises. As Virchow justly remarked, socialism is nothing else than the logical and vital outcome partly of Darwinism and partly of Spencerian evolution."
The essence of Darwinism constituting its’ particular nature is nihilistic naturalism (materialism), a ‘truth claim’ positing the nonexistence of the supernatural living, Holy God, Heaven, hell, soul/spirit, angels, demons, immutable truth, moral law, meaning, and purpose resulting in a nihilistic order, an abomination of desolation in which a person is no longer a person but rather the conscious product of evolution, a mere descendant of a lower creature:
“Darwinism came at the desired time; Darwin’s theory that man is the descendant of a lower animal destroyed the entire foundation of Christian dogma.” (Anton Pannekoek, ‘Marxism and Darwinism,” translated by Nathan Weiser. Transcribed for the internet by Jon Muller, Charles H. Kerr & Company Co-operative Copyright, 1912 by Charles H. Kerr & Co,)
The statements, “the supernatural dimension does not exist” “man is the descendant of a lower animal” “matter in motion continually attains to higher perfection” the “god who will grant them joy, and peace and pride (is in) one word, I,” and “evolution is a fact” are objective statements attempting to describe reality. All are types of modern naturalism, thus all are expressions of nihilism. This is where the notion of ‘good ideas’ and ‘evil ideas’ becomes relevant since a ‘good’ idea is one that describes reality accurately and the reverse is true of evil ideas.
Victor Frankl, a survivor of multiple Nazi concentration camps, diagnosed an ‘evil’ idea as the fundamental cause of the real-world consequence known as the Holocaust. This same idea in a somewhat different dress caused the real-world catastrophe known as genocide, the brutal murder of 60,000,000 men, women and children by Marxist Communists. In his book, “Can Man Live Without God?” Ravi Zacharias cites Frankl:
“If we present man with a concept of man which is not true, we may well corrupt him. When we present him as an automaton of reflexes, as a mind machine, as a bundle of instincts, as a pawn of drive and reactions, as a mere product of heredity and environment, we feed the nihilism to which modern man is…prone. I became acquainted with the last stage of corruption in my second concentration camp, Auschwitz. The gas chambers of Auschwitz were the ultimate consequence of the theory that man is nothing but the product of heredity and environment---or, as the Nazis like to say, ‘of blood and soil.’ I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidenek were ultimately prepared not in some ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophies.” (Can Man Live without God?” p. 25)
The authors of the Black Book of Communism arrive at a similar conclusion:
“The biological or zoological strain of thinking enables us to understand better why so many of the crimes of Communism were crimes against humanity and how Marxist-Leninist ideology managed to justify these crimes to its followers.” (The Black Book of Communism, p. 751)
Naturalistic explanations for evil in general and the crimes of Nazis and Communists in particular are grounded, consciously or unconsciously, on the idea that humans are the conscious products of animated matter and evolution, thus are automatons at the mercy of biology and environment. By extension of this reasoning, when the genetically inferior are allowed to reproduce without limitations they will soon outnumber the genetically superior---the strong, productive, and intelligent---and when the genetically inferior dominate the gene pool, the entire population becomes weak, stupid, lazy and violent, leading to collapse of the population. The solution resides in killing off the genetically inferior by way of universal abortion, sterility and disease-causing promiscuity and sodomy, euthanasia and needless wars for example.
America’s left-right ruling class are naturalists, which is why they promote debauchery, crime, and sin in general. Naturally they perceive themselves as a genetically superior caste, hence they are omnipotent god-men who pray to themselves,
"...as saviors of the planet and as shapers of mankind in their own image," observes Angelo M. Codevilla in his insightful essay, "The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do about It." (p. xix)
Since the dawn of time rebels against God have been making lies and deception their refuge. And this is no less true for modern naturalists:
"We have to use any ruse, dodge, trick, cunning, unlawful method, concealment, and veiling of the truth." V.I. Lenin, God-hating evolutionist, mass-murderer, and progressive liberal anti-hero. (The Marxist Goliath Among Us, Ronald J. Lawrence, p. 28)
"I suppose the reason we leaped at the origin of species was because the idea of God interfered with our sexual mores," confessed Sir Julian Huxley, former president of UNESCO and grandson of Darwin's colleague Thomas Huxley. (Henry M. Morris, The Troubled Waters of Evolution, Creation-Life Publishers, 1974, p. 58)
Of Darwin's theory that everything ascended (evolved) upward out of self-generated genderless matter, the great Christian theologian Charles Spurgeon pointedly observed,
"There is not a hair of truth upon this dog from its head to its tail, but it rends and tears the simple ones. In all its bearing upon scriptural truth, the evolution theory is in direct opposition to it. If God's Word be true, evolution is a lie." (Spurgeon, Hideous Discovery, July 25, 1886)
Evolutionist Suzan Mazur seems to agree with Spurgeon. In her book, "The Altenberg 16: An Expose of the Evolution Industry" she looks at the rivalry in contemporary natural science surrounding attempts to discover the elusive process of evolution. Her book openly acknowledges the unresolvable problems surrounding evolution and natural selection and documents these concerns with statements from leading evolutionary scientists. Mazur comments:
"A wave of scientists now questions natural selection's role, though fewer will publicly admit it." (p. 20, "Desperate attempts to discover 'the elusive process of evolution,' reviewed by Walter J. ReMine, Creation Ministries International)
She describes evolutionary science as a modern day quest for the Holy Grail that is very much about posturing, salesmanship, stonewalling and bullying. It is a social discourse involving hypotheses of staggering complexity,
"...with scientists, recipients of the biggest grants of any intellectuals, assuming the power of politicians while engaged in Animal House pie-throwing and name-calling..." (ibid)
Evolution books are hyped like snake oil at a carnival:
"Perhaps the most egregious display of commercial dishonesty is this year's celebration of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, the so-called theory of evolution by natural selection, i.e., survival of the fittest, a brand foisted on us 150 years ago." (ibid)
Mazur admits that genes and natural selection have little to do with long-term changes in populations. Here she not only calls attention to the existing censorship against non-Darwinian ideas but tells us why it happens:
"The commercial media is both ignorant of and blocks coverage of stories about non-centrality of the gene because its science advertising dollars come from the gene-centered Darwin industry. At the same time, the Darwin industry is also in bed with government, even as political leaders remain clueless about evolution. Thus, the public is unaware that its dollars are being squandered on funding of mediocre, middlebrow science or that its children are being intellectually starved as a result of outdated texts and unenlightened teachers." (Mazur, p. ix, ibid)
Today vast numbers of Westerners and Americans are entangled and increasingly isolated within a massive and still growing web of delusion and nihilism, and evolution said C.S. Lewis,
"...is the central and radical lie in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives..." (Letter to Bernard Acworth, Spt. 13, 1951)
Our generation is overwhelmingly naturalistic, hence nihilistic:
"There is an almost complete commitment to the concept of the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system. This is its distinguishing mark. If we are not careful, even though we say we are biblical Christians and supernaturalists, nevertheless the naturalism of our generation tends to come in upon us (infiltrating) our thinking without our recognizing its coming, like a fog creeping in through a window opened only half an inch. As soon as this happens, Christians begin to lose the reality of their Christian lives." (True Spirituality, Francis Schaeffer, p. 54)
Speaking to both ancient and modern naturalists the Old Testament prophet Isaiah wrote,
“Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me. Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you.” Isaiah 47: 10-11
Isaiah begins by discussing the most fundamental truth claim of all, whether God really exists or not. Isaiah holds that God really does exist and claims it is a fundamental mistake for humanity to claim otherwise. Isaiah thereby rejects both ancient naturalism and its modern nihilistic counterparts along with naturalism’s primary doctrine evolution, which has reduced humanity to evolved products of chance plus time. He then discusses the real-world consequence of believing there is no God: if people try to live according to naturalistic truth claims disaster will follow because the essential nature of evil ideas is evil, hence real-world calamity.