An all-too common assertion made by humanists--atheists and other evolutionists--is that evolution is an established fact of science while faith in the living God is delusional. This being the case say evolutionists, it is morally reprehensible, even outright child abuse to indoctrinate children with the Genesis account of creation. In England evolutionists have gone so far as to "save the children" by having the teaching of creation banished from religion classes. From the days of Noah to our own age, men have been rebelling against the true God with such frequency that historian Arnold Toynbee was able to observe that the two dark companions of rebellion are naturalism and antinomianism (lawlessness).
Another historian, the Catholic philosopher Thomas Molnar (1910-2010), agrees in principle with Toynbee's claim. In his book "Utopia: The Perennial Heresy," he notes that the two recurring themes of modern humanist rebellion and its' ideologies are naturalistic monism and evolutionary conceptions. At the root of these two themes there is antinomianism:
" ....defiance of God, pride unlimited, a yearning for enormous power and the assumption of divine attributes with a view to manipulating and shaping mankind's fate." (p. 227)
In other words, when modern antinomian humanists chose to rebel against the living God and His created order, like a dog returning to its' own vomit, they turned back to pre-Christian naturalism and evolutionary thinking, though in revamped forms made palatable for contemporary Western intellectuals and Christian compromisers. (Why Darwin's Bulldog Huxley felt Contempt for Evolutionary Christians, http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=18077 )
Humanism arose during the Renaissance, which witnessed a revival of a magical view of the world, and during succeeding generations it broke with Christian theism. Seventeenth century English deism â€œall but openly rejected Christian faith,â€ said Herbert Schlossberg. The Enlightenment of the eighteenth century â€œcame completely out of the closet and launched vigorous, skillful, and sustained attacks on Christianity.â€ Humanism â€œby now had achieved itsâ€™ modern identity as the opposition to Christian faith.â€ (â€œIdols of Destructionâ€ Schlossberg, p. 41)
Unifying the various forms of humanism is the utter rejection of the living God Who exists outside of time, His Revelation and Genesis account of creation in particular, the linear view of history, the biblical view of man created in the spiritual image of God and Original Sin:
"The leading principle of Utopian religion is the repudiation of the doctrine of Original Sin." (H.G. Wells, A Modern Utopia, 1905)
Western civilization, which includes America, Canada and Australia, arose to historically unprecedented heights of glory on the wings of everything rejected by modern anti-God humanism.
Acting as Pied Pipers, they and a cohort of Christian compromisers led Westerners into rejecting the Christian-based foundations of their own civilization. In turning away from the knowledge given by the living, personal God, Westerners have now lost the whole Christian culture. In Europe, including England, the death of Christian culture took many years, but in the the United States death has come in only a few decades, from the twenties to the sixties.
Given the morally debauched, lawless, spiritually impoverished condition of America and the West, Francis Schaeffer's book, "Death in the City, seems disturbingly prophetic. His central theme is that "true truth" is revealed in the Bible by the living "God Who is there," but men have turned away from Him, the living fountain of life, and now there is "death in the city," meaning in the minds (death of conscience and morally-informed reason) and souls of men and by extension, Western civilization.
The death Schaeffer writes about is the moral and spiritual death that subtly suffocates truth, meaning, morality and purpose, leaving behind only a spiritually impoverished void characterized by lostness, meaninglessness, and 'nothingness'---death. Thus Schaeffer concludes that our age is the age of Jeremiah:
"The book of Jeremiah and the book of Lamentations show how God looks at a culture which knew Him and deliberately turned away. But this is not just the character of Jeremiah's day of apostasy. It's my day. It's your day." (p 33)
And what does God say? Speaking through His prophet Jeremiah, the living God Who dwells outside time and creation looked down upon the rebels and said:
"....my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, to dig them pits, even broken pits that can hold no water." (Jer. 2: 13) And now they say to a tree, "Thou art my father, and to a stone, Thou hast begotten me..." (2:27)
Believing themselves wise they became foolish in their reasoning, in their comprehension, and in their lives because knowing the truth they turned away from it and accepted a position about themselves that is intellectually foolish. By rejecting the living God, the only source and bestower of life, man has become foolish and vain in regard to what man is-- "the child of a tree" (nature)--- and with regard to the source of life--- "a stone" (nonlife-bearing brute matter).
And so we hear the intellectually foolish of our own age vainly saying to evolutionary forces, "thou art my father who has caused me to evolve from matter" and to brute matter or extraterrestrials, "thou art the source of life that hast begotten me."
Unlike increasing numbers of contemporary Christian compromisers, for example, Roman Catholic Kenneth Miller, BioLogos Francis Collins, Evangelical Tim Keller and Rev. Michael Dowd, Father Richard John Neuhaus was neither deceived by Darwinism nor by the foolish claims of evolutionists. (Did God really say?, Jonathan Sarfati, 7 August 2012.
Fr. Neuhaus, said David Klinghoffer, was "among the few prominent conservative intellectuals who, when it came to the Darwin debate, really "got it." (Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, RIP, David Klinghoffer, Jan. 2008,
With penetrating insight Neuhaus connects contemporary evolutionary conceptions to their ancient spiritual foundations in astrology. In his book, "American Babylon," he writes that for most of human history men have lived under the tyranny of various naturalistic determinisms. Men believed that events in the real world were controlled by cosmic forces of nature that St. Paul describes as "the elemental spirits of the universe."
Using modern "scientific" terminology, Neuhaus reveals that the astrological "elemental spirits of the universe" of St. Paul's day are "evolutionary dynamics, life forces, or laws of nature." Though not called spirits, these elemental "forces" are,
"...just as impersonal as the stars. They work their inexorable ways in cold indifference to reason, to will, to love, and to hope. In short, it is suggested that the elemental spirits are in charge and that human freedom is a delusion..." (p. 226)
In light of this, Schaeffer concludes that we who live in Western Europe, America, Canada and Australia are witnessing Romans 1:21-22 in action. In application this means that in rejecting the living God, creator of all things and only source of life, humanists have become foolish and vain in regard to what man is and to the source of life. Thus they foolishly believe themselves to be aggregates of matter and are consumed by a vain quest for the origin of life.
Where does life come from? Is it a property of matterâ€”---of Darwin's pond scum, chemicals, electricity, blood, or something else which man can discover and finally "cure" death? Or did extraterrestrials seed earth with life? Are they our creators? Foolish humanists are always seeking but never finding. (The Death of Western History---Who is Killing it and Why? http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=18105 )
Schaeffer points out that though Romans 1:21-22 relates to the original fall it also speaks of any period when "men knew the truth and deliberately turned away from it." (p. 29) Therefore it applies to the fall of Western humanists occurring right now, in our own age which commenced with the Renaissance.
In conclusion said Schaeffer, our age is an age of apostasy, which means that as it was during the time of Jeremiah, so it is in contemporary America and the West. Western civilization is under God's Judgement and man himself under the wrath of the living God....and even more so for those who deliberately turn children away from God.