â€œAn absolute faith in science became the driving force behind the progressivesâ€¦. The most important idea that would influence the educators was that of evolutionâ€”the notion that man, through a process of natural selection, had evolved to his present state from a common animal ancestry. Evolution was as sharp a break with the Biblical view of creation as anyone could make, and it was quickly picked up by those anxious to disprove the validity of orthodox religion.â€ (Samuel Blumenfield in his classic text, â€œNEA: Trojan Horse in American Education:â€ 1984, p. 43) Note that the all-important question of origins, that is, where did the "animal ancesters" come from, is left unanswered as there are only four possible options concerning how the universe began, and only one can be correct:
1. Primordial matter spontaneously generated itself from nothing. This is the position of Progressives, from Darwinians and neo-Darwinians to Telhardian spiritual humanists, Luciferian Theosophists, esoteric Free Masons, and New Age occultists. This position violates the 1st law of thermodynamics.
2. Primordial matter, the one substance primarily known as Chaos and worshipped by the Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans has always existed.
3. The universe is not real, as neo-Platonism, Gnosticism, and Eastern mysticism holds, for since the one-substance is universal soul, then the material world is simply an illusion.
4. The supernatural God created the universe ex nihilo. Orthodox theists believe this to be the only probable and plausible option.
For positions 1-3, the nonliving, impersonal one-substance is the "what" while evolution, which may be spiritual (i.e. neo-Platonism, Theosophy) or not (i.e. scientific materialism) is the mechanical "how." All three positions hold that progress is evolutionary, meaning that life or spirit mechanically evolved out of primordial matter and through change or reincarnation in different bodies over vast periods of time--which is cyclical---became what it is today.
Only with position four is the "what" a supernatural, living, personal eternal Mind whose creative, life-sustaining powers are not mechanical and purposeless but living and purposeful. Nor is time cyclical but rather linear, having a definite beginning and a definite end known only to the supernatural Father. With the cyclical view of time there is reincarnation. With the linear there is resurrection.
With positions 1-3, everything from mankind to rocks, insects, dung, and trees are nothing more than parts of the impersonal one substance. What does this mean for man? In the words of a P.E.T.A spokeman: "A rat is a pig, is a dog, is a boy."
Only with position four is man created in the spiritual likeness of his supernatural Creator, meaning that man is God's special creature and not a rat, pig, or dog.
Since postions 1-3 posit life from nothingness (death), they ultimately converge on the idea that some 'naturally selected' men are, if not gods, then at least quasi-divine.
This being the case, following quickly on the rejection of the supernatural Creator by 'progressive' Western intellectuals, scientists, church-men, and other leaders of society, it came to pass that they fell into the megalomania of which we've seen so many manifestations, said Malcolm Muggeridge, author of "The Great Liberal Death Wish."
Muggeridge witnessed the unspeakable horrors, including slavery, mass murder, torture, and 'scientifically-conducted' human experimentation--- being perpetrated against Russians on behalf of the Progressive agenda---the building of a utopia populated by a New Man engineered by Progressive god-men. In his "The Great Liberal Death Wish" Muggeridge describes both the evils of Progressivism's evolutionary faith and why they inevitably occur:
"On a basis of liberal-humanism, there is no creature in the universe greater than man, and the future of the human race rests only with human beings themselves, which leads infallibly to some sort of suicidal situation. It's to me quite clear that that is so, the evidence is on every hand. The efforts that men make to bring about their own happiness, their own ease of life, their own self-indulgence, will in due course produce the opposite, leading me to the absolutely inescapable conclusion that human beings cannot live and operate in this world without some concept of a being greater than themselves, and of a purpose which transcends their own egotistic or greedy desires. Once you eliminate the notion of a God, a creator, once you eliminate the notion that the creator has a purpose for us, and that life consists essentially in fulfilling that purpose, then you are bound, as Pascal points out, to induce the megalomania of which we've seen so many manifestations in our time - in the crazy dictators, as in the lunacies of people who are rich, or who consider themselves to be important or celebrated in the western world. Alternatively, human beings relapse into mere carnality, into being animals. I see this process going on irresistably, of which the holocaust is only just one example. If you envisage men as being only men, you are bound to see human society, not in Christian terms as a family, but as a factory--farm in which the only consideration that matters is the well--being of the livestock and the prosperity or productivity of the enterprise. That's where you land yourself. And it is in that situation that western man is increasingly finding himself."
Since the first 3 positions hold that life emerges out of death, then death is the final victor, hence the Great Liberal Death Wish. For if only the horror and black despair of eternal nothingness ultimately awaits Progressive god-men then all men must be condemned to the same terrible fate.
Only with position four is death defeated. Life is the eternal victor. Only with the supernatural God is there purpose, hope, and salvation instead of fear, horror, death-wishing, hate, and utter despair:
"I feel so strongly at the end of my life that nothing can happen to us in any circumstances that is not part of God's purpose for us. Therefore, we have nothing to fear, nothing to worry about, except that we should rebel against His purpose, that we should fail to detect it and fail to establish some sort of relationship with Him and His divine will. On that basis, there can be no black despair, no throwing in of our hand. We can watch the institutions and social structures of our time collapse - and I think you who are young are fated to watch them collapse - and we can reckon with what seems like an irresistably growing power of materialism and materialist societies. But, it will not happen that that is the end of the story. As St. Augustine said - and I love to think of it when he received the news in Carthage that Rome had been sacked: Well, if that's happened, it's a great catastrophe, but we must never forget that the earthly cities that men build they destroy, but there is also the City of God which men didn't build and can't destroy. And he devoted the next seventeen years of his life to working out the relationship between the earthly city and the City of God - the earthly city where we live for a short time, and the City of God whose citizens we are for all eternity.