The late Fr. Seraphim Rose, an Eastern Orthodox priest, meticulously documented the views of the church fathers with regard to the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo, showing that they viewed Genesis the way modern creationists do. Rose's work was published posthumously in "Genesis, Creation, and Early Man," and in a review of the book Dr. Terry Mortenson said,
"His (Rose's) primary sources are early Fathers who wrote commentaries on Genesis: John Chrysostom (344-407), Ephraim the Syrian (306-379), Basil the Great (329-379) and Ambrose of Milan (339-397)/ But he also used many other Fathers of that and later centuries who wrote on some aspect of creation." (15 Reasons to take Genesis as History, Don Batten, Ph.D., and Jonathan Sarfati Ph. D., pp. 19-20)
Fr. Rose showed that church fathers viewed the Genesis account, especially the first two chapters, as revelation from God the Creator and Author of history, and that they were unanimous in their view of the historicity of Creation Week, the Fall and global Flood. They also held that the days were ordinary days, that God's commands instantaneously filled the earth with shrubbery, caused trees to shoot up, suddenly filled rivers with fish, and further, that animals did not originally eat each other and the sun was created after the earth .
Demonstrating that evolutionary thinking has been a pagan, devilish anti-God idea from its earliest origins, church fathers spoke forcefully against popular evolutionary ideas of humans springing from fish and animals and having been bushes, birds, and fish in other lives.
There is nothing new under the sun. What once was will be again. And so it is that naturalism (paganism) together with evolutionary thinking cleverly reinvented for our own age as biological and empirical science, Big Bang, abiogenesis, and other so-called modern "scientific theories" have triumphantly supplanted the living God and creation ex nihilo. Thus today all people whose faith in the living, personal God of Revelation is genuine face a seemingly insurmountable problem with what seems like an overwhelming weight of evidence that materialism (naturalism) and its' primary doctrine evolution are true and the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo is either false or at best nothing more than a fable of sorts.
In our age evolutionary theists join with secular mockers and scoffers in scornfully ridiculing and otherwise psychologically battering the faithful for being unenlightened, unscientific and anti-evolution.
However, the real issue here is not "superstitious, backward Christianity" vs. "enlightened reason and science," but about one creation account (Genesis) vs. another anti-creation account (materialistic Darwinian evolution). The truth of this claim can be seen in the following quotes:
"...one belief that all true original Darwinians held in common, and that was their rejection of creationism, their rejection of special creation (ex nihilo). This was the flag around which they assembled and under which they marched.... The conviction that the diversity of the natural world was the result of natural processes and not the work of God was the idea that brought all the so-called Darwinians together in spite of their disagreements on other of Darwin's theories. (One Long Argument,1991, p. 99, Ernst Mayr (1904–2005), Professor of Zoology at Harvard University)
"We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door." ("Billions and Billions of Demons," Richard Lewontin (b. 1929), PhD Zoology, Alexander Agassiz Research Professor at Harvard University)
In other words, evolutionary materialists and their mystical pantheist counterparts have a Cosmic Authority problem, and this is why they rally around Darwinism and force its absurd, counterintuitive teachings upon gullible, misinformed Americans while simultaneously ridiculing and otherwise psychologically terrorizing creationists, among whose numbers are many of the defenders of America's founding traditions.
Commenting on his own Cosmic Authority problem and that of many atheists, Thomas Nagel, professor of philosophy and law at New York University, confesses:
"I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn't just that I don't believe in God and, naturally, hope that I'm right in my belief. It's that I hope there is no God! I don't want there to be a God; I don't want the universe to be like that. My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and that it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time. One of the tendencies it supports is the ludicrous overuse of evolutionary biology to explain everything about life, including everything about the human mind." (The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me To Faith, Peter Hitchens, pp. 149-150)
Just what is Darwinism anyway?
Darwinism is a Gnostic cosmogony, an anti-creation myth, notes Dr. Wolfgang Smith, physicist and mathematics professor at Oregon State University:
"...As a scientific theory, Darwinism would have been jettisoned long ago. The point, however, is that the doctrine of evolution has swept the world, not on the strength of its scientific merits, but precisely in its capacity as a Gnostic myth. It affirms, in effect, that living things created themselves, which is in essence a metaphysical claim....Thus...evolutionism is a metaphysical doctrine decked out in scientific garb....it is a scientistic myth. And the myth is Gnostic, because it implicitly denies the transcendent origin of being; for indeed, only after the living creature has been speculatively reduced to an aggregate of particles does Darwinist transformism become conceivable. Darwinism, therefore, continues the ancient Gnostic practice of deprecating 'God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth.' It perpetuates...the venerable Gnostic tradition of 'Jehovah bashing.'" (From Old Gnosticism to New Age I, Alan Morrison, SCP Journal Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, pp. 30-31)
Historically, Gnostics have always been notorious God-haters to the extent of consigning Him to hell. Early church fathers called them the "lawless ones," as they were idolizers of their own minds, rebels against all authority, immoralists, hedonists, and builders of alternative realities (utopian fantasies) requiring the death of God, for the heart of Gnosticism is "man is god."
While the infamous Tower of Babel was history's first Gnostic project, the Soviet Union and Socialist Germany are modern versions. In his book "Science, Politics, & Gnosticism," esteemed political philosopher Eric Voegelin (1901-85) identifies progressivism, positivism, Hegelianism, Marxism, liberalism, and the "God is dead" school as modern Gnostic movements. All of these movements are grounded on the Gnostic myth of Darwinism.
In their rage against the living God, modern Gnostics refuse to be created in His spiritual image, thus they imaginatively "uncreate" themselves through reductionism. In practice this means that some Gnostic materialists speculatively reduce themselves to "aggregates of particles," while pneumatics reduce to "divine sparks," and transhumanists to "patterns." Reductionism is a major tenet of the philosophy of materialism.
Materialist philosophy is neither new nor scientific, but one of the most ancient superstitious beliefs in the world. The taproot of the ancient form stretches back to Babylonia and Egypt and holds that primordial matter (also called Chaos, the Abyss, Nu and Prakriti) has always existed and that everything---including the gods--- emerged out of it. According to the modern version, brute matter spontaneously generated itself from nothing, and then by way of evolution magically produced everything else. To believe this is to believe that the 'nothingness' within the magician's hat spontaneously generated the bunny.
If evolutionism was a gas-powered generator, then spontaneous generation would be its indispensable fuel. In the following quote, observe that Ernst Haeckel, a mystical pantheist and ardent defender of Darwinism, confesses that spontaneous generation is not empirically verifiable because it is metaphysical, of the unseen realm. Haeckel further confesses that this Gnostic doctrine is the essential replacement for creation ex nihilo — the miracle of creation in other words:
"...spontaneous generation appears to us as a simple and necessary event in the process of the development of the earth. We admit that this process, as long as it is not directly observed or repeated by experiment, remains a pure hypothesis. But I must again say that this hypothesis is indispensable for the consistent completion of the non-miraculous history of creation, that it has absolutely nothing forced or miraculous about it, and that certainly it can never be positively refuted. It must also be taken into consideration that the process of spontaneous generation, even if it still took place daily and hourly, would in any case be exceedingly difficult to observe and establish with absolute certainty as such. This is also the opinion of Naegeli, the ingenious investigator, and he, in his admirable chapter on Spontaneous Generation, maintains that "to deny spontaneous generation is to proclaim miracles." (The History of Creation v.1, 1892, p. 422)
Ray Comfort quotes evolutionist Stephen Hawking, who in essence affirms that "the nothingness within the magician's hat spontaneously generated the bunny:"
"According to professor Stephen Hawking, God didn't create the universe. Instead, nothing created everything. However, Hawking has violated the basic laws of science. In an extract of his latest book, The Grand Design...published in Eureka magazine in The Times, the professor said: 'Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.'"
"It is embarrassingly unscientific to speak of anything creating itself from nothing," remarked Comfort. "Common sense says that if something possessed the ability to create itself from nothing, then that something wasn't nothing, it was something — a very intelligent creative power of some sort. "
"Hawking has violated the unspoken rules of atheism. He isn't supposed to use words like 'create' or even 'made.' They necessitate a Creator and a Maker. Neither are you supposed to let out that the essence of atheism is to believe that nothing created everything, because it's unthinking." (Hawking Breaks Atheists Rules, Comfort, worldviewweekend.com)
From the time of Adam and Eve down to our own age, it remains the case that deceivers (i.e., Haeckel, Lewontin, Hawking) will always eventually confess the truth against themselves. In this instance, spontaneous generation is a lie, a "just-so" story. However, the importance of this particular deception is that it is the irreplaceable metaphysical foundation of the larger Gnostic myth of Darwinism. Without this particular deception Darwinism...indeed all evolutionism...falls apart, leaving only God's miraculous creation ex nihilo.
Furthermore, the respected scientist Louis Pasteur definitively disproved spontaneous generation just three years after Darwin published his book "On the Origin of Species:"
"... Darwin's celebrated tome On the Origin of Species, which had been published just three years before Pasteur's experiments, sought to discredit the need for God to create the species by showing how one species can transmute into another. But Darwin's account left open the problem of how the first living thing came to exist. Unless life had always existed, at least one species — the first — cannot have come to exist by transmutation from another species, only by transmutation from nonliving matter. Darwin himself wrote, some years later: 'I have met with no evidence that seems in the least trustworthy, in favour of so-called Spontaneous Generation.' Yet, in the absence of a miracle, life could have originated only by some sort of spontaneous generation. Darwin's theory of evolution and Pasteur's theory that only life begets life cannot both have been completely right." (The Fifth Miracle, 1999, p. 83, Paul Davies (b. 1946), Director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science)
The Darwinian Deception
Colin Patterson writes that after studying evolutionary theory for many years, he finally "woke up and realized that all my life I had been duped into taking evolutionism as revealed truth in some way." Patterson goes on to say:
"One of the reasons I started taking this anti-evolutionary view, or let's call it a non- evolutionary view, was last year I had a sudden realization for over twenty years I had thought I was working on evolution in some way. One morning I woke up and something had happened in the night and it struck me that I had been working on this stuff for twenty years and there was not one thing I knew about it. That's quite a shock to learn that one can be so misled so long. Either there was something wrong with me or there was something wrong with evolutionary theory. Naturally, I know there is nothing wrong with me, so for the last few weeks I've tried putting a simple question to various people and groups of people....Question is: Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any one thing, that is true? I tried that question on the geology staff at the Field Museum of Natural History and the only answer I got was silence. I tried it on the members of the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar in the University of Chicago, a very prestigious body of evolutionists, and all I got there was silence for a long time and eventually one person said, 'I do know one thing — it ought not to be taught in high school.'" ("Evolutionism and Creationism" November 5, 1981, p. 2, Colin Patterson (1933–1998), Senior Paleontologist at British Museum of Natural History)
When C.S. Lewis perceptively observed that the entire edifice of the so-called "science" of Darwinian naturalism has but one purpose, to keep the living, personal Creator out, he was merely confirming admissions made by Lewontin and many other Darwinists. In sum, Darwinism is a Gnostic cosmogony, a deception perpetrated by self-worshipping swindlers who have been "pulling the wool" over the eyes of the uninitiated masses, to use Lewontins' own words. (The Oxford Socratic Club, 1944)
Deceptions have Terrible Consequences
Long before Gnostic materialists systematically liquidated in excess of 200,000,000 men, women, and children on behalf of communist and socialist utopian fantasies, George Romanes sought to warn the world of the coming catastrophe:
"Never in the history of man has so terrific a calamity befallen the race as that which all who look may now behold advancing as a deluge, black with destruction, resistless in might, uprooting our most cherished hopes, engulfing our most precious creed, and burying our highest life in mindless desolation.... The flood-gates of infidelity are open, and Atheism overwhelming is upon us." (George Romanes, A Candid Examination of Theism,1878)
More recently, H. Enock wrote:
"No wonder that Brig. General F.D. Frost stated in the Fundamentalist, January, 1950, p. 21: 'There is no doubt about it that the doctrine of evolution is the greatest curse in our educational system.' Whether we read Ward's Dynamic Sociology, or Russell's Code of Morals, or Briffalt's Immoralism or some other book written by the Behaviorist School, — they all seem to endeavour to justify and base their conclusions on the bestial nature of man. This philosophy seeks to.... reduce man to the level of animal nature. The surging unrest, the broken homes, the frustrated lives, the increasing divorce cases, the multiplied number of criminals are but the inevitable outcome of the acceptance and practice of this evolutionary doctrine." (H. Enock, Evolution or Creation,1966, pp. 1146-1147)
Evolutionism "should not be taught in high school." Indeed. The Gnostic rebellion against the living God, the historicity of the Genesis account, Original Sin and Christian theism that began during the Renaissance is the spiritual disorder of our age and Darwinism, philosophical materialism and spontaneous generation are its toxic roots.
Imaginative murderer of the living God, destroyer of man's soul, inverter of reality, hater of humanity, uplifter of Satan as the first "free thinker," destroyer of immutable truth, moral absolutes, history and all that is good, normal, and decent; bringer of chaos, blasphemy, hedonism, pathological lying, genocide and other evils too many to be listed, modern neo-pagan Gnosticism has all but destroyed America and the West.
In his book, "The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me To Faith," Peter Hitchens, brother of now-deceased atheist Christopher Hitchens, writes:
"...the Bible angers and frustrates those who believe that the pursuit of a perfect society justifies the quest for absolute power. The concepts of sin, of conscience, of eternal life, and of divine justice under an unalterable law are the ultimate defense against the utopian's belief that ends justify means and that morality is relative. These concepts are safeguards against the worship of human power." (Rage Against God, p. 135)
The Western civilized nations rose to greatness on the wings of just one spiritual faith ...Christianity. Unalienable rights, private property and all the rest, come from the transcendent, living Creator and not from weak, easily corrupted men. Through abandonment of its spiritual roots, the West — which today is a Gnostic-West — is moving inexorably toward its death.
America is the West's last best hope, observed Mark Steyn. Yet at every level of society and within the Church itself, the spirit of America is pathologically infected by the Gnostic virus and near death. Gnosticism must be destroyed. To do this we must tear it out by the roots. Darwinism must be uprooted and exposed for what it really is: an anti-God, human-hating Gnostic cosmogony. Thus we must,
".....demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and...take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Cor. 10-5)
Originally published in 2010, updated for 2013.