In his article, "Soaping the slippery slope...decline of once-Christian colleges into bastions of unbelief," Marvin Olasky summarizes the temptation and fall of once-Christian colleges into bastions of unbelief grounded in evolutionary thinking. For example said Olasky, during the reign of William Jewett Tucker, president of Dartmouth from 1893 to 1909, "....chapel became voluntary but a course on evolution compulsory" while "Wake Forest's president from 1905 to 1927, William Poteat, tried to meld Christianity and evolution..." (Soaping the slippery slope, Olasky, Worldmag.com, Aug. 25, 2012)
The two main temptations were love of money, the root of all kinds of evil, and pride, which always goes before a fall. In this case, the pride of university presidents led them to care "more about respectability in the eyes of materialists than they did about Jesus Christ." Being proud they sold their souls to the devil as the price of entry to the "inner circle" of so-called intellectual elites.
Though it is common today for men and women to deny free moral agency and transfer responsibility for their own bad choices and sins onto someone or something else, the truth is revealed by the choices made by the university presidents.
The choice against Jesus Christ was as freely made as the choice for money and evolutionary thinking. Man can choose to orient himself toward Jesus Christ, His will and life eternal or he can choose to orient himself toward self-centered nothingness and the devil, the father of egoistic nothingness.
In the words of Fyodor Dostoevsky, the apocalyptic prophet of the nineteenth century, the Promethean pride of man is such that he can and will choose to lacerate himself in his sinful defection from the will of the living God. (Political Apocalypse: A Study of Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor," Ellis Sandoz, p. 195)
The man who chooses to defect is a man devoid of faith and hope, said Dostoevsky. And this man is Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor. Having fallen into nothingness, the Inquisitor loves no one---not his fellow man or the living God and not himself, for by his defection he has rejected the living God and source of his humanity.
At the root of this rejection is the rebellious assertion that he has not been created by the living God, thus he is not created in His spiritual image. He is not dependant upon the living God for his life but is rather a man-god, the creator of God and master of time and the world.
The Catholic philosopher Thomas Molnar (1910-2010) agrees in principle with Dostoevsky's assertions. In his book â€œUtopia: The Perennial Heresy,â€ he notes that the two recurring themes of modern humanist rebellion and itsâ€™ ideologies are naturalism and evolutionary conceptions. At the root of these two themes there is,
â€ â€¦.defiance of God, pride unlimited, a yearning for enormous power and the assumption of divine attributes with a view to manipulating and shaping mankindâ€™s fate.â€ (p. 227)
In his capacity to peer deeply into the soul of man and describe the darkness and chaos he sees there, Dostoevsky shows that the rebellion of man against the living God and creation ends not only in the murder of God but in the murder of man as well. This demonic condition results when Promethean rebels, though believing themselves wise in fact become foolish in their reasoning, in their comprehension, and in their lives, for though they know the truth they willfully turn away from it and by consequence, are forced to accept a position about themselves that is intellectually foolish.
This means that by rejecting the living God, the only source and bestower of life, man becomes foolish and vain in regard to what man isâ€“ "And now they say to a tree, â€œThou art my father, and to a stone, Thou hast begotten meâ€¦â€ (Jer. 2:13, 27)
And so we hear the intellectually foolish--the unconscious satanists---of our own age vainly saying to evolutionary forces, â€œthou art my father who has caused me to evolve from matterâ€ and to brute matter or extraterrestrials, â€œthou art the source of life that hast begotten me.â€
Obsessed with power but now hating himself, the man-god loathes not only God in His transcendence but also the spiritual image of God in other men as well as their exercise of moral choice, for the man-god knows that man in his personal freedom can challenge the evolutionary thinking, naturalism, propaganda, lies, and other deceptions forced upon society by the man-god and his confederates.
Thus the man-god must eradicate both the image of God in other men and their freedom to choose if he is to attain dominion over society. For this he must reduce men to apes, troglodytes, pond scum, or meaningless matter in motion, for with his person obliterated and deprived of moral choice said Sandoz,
"...man effectively ceases to be human and becomes little more than a species---a herd of cattle, even an insect. The dehumanization of man is the first task of the humanist. Dostoevsky called it the creation of the 'Ant Heap,' the building of the 'Tower of Babel.' Starting from unlimited freedom, the man-god arrives at unlimited despotism." (p. 196)
Though in the eyes of the man-god other men have become nothing, it is in reality the man-god, who by his own choice has become nothing, a soulless non-person. It is the non-person who is filled with nothingness, though a nothingness aflame with burning, gnawing envy from his father the devil.
In his â€œJourney to the Celestial City,â€ Wayne Martindale describes the envious man-gods as haters of good people. Egoistic nothingness, hate, and envy twist and disorder their hearts and souls, thus they prefer evil thoughts, evil words, evil companions and evil acts, though this makes them even more wretched and miserable:
â€œWhen theyâ€¦encounter good persons, they condemn them, perverting their reason by rationalizing evil and finding ways to blame the good or God or religion for their problems and the problems of the world. They already hate goodness because it implicitly condemns the evil they have chosen. They wouldnâ€™t like heaven if they could have it. They are, in a sense, already in hell, preferring darkness to light.â€ ( Eternal Perspectives, Randy Alcorn, p 76)
It is said that our planet is halfway between heaven and hell. For those who sincerely seek the living God and His will, earth is as close to hell as they will ever be while for man-gods, this purgatorial planet will be as close to heaven as they will ever be.