In today’s ID the Future historian Richard Weikart (Cal State Stanislaus) dissects a new Cambridge University Press book on social Darwinism by Jeffrey O’Connell and Michael Ruse. Weikart, author of Hitler’s Ethic, From Darwin to Hitler, Hitler’s Religion, and The Death of Humanity,* says that a major shortcoming of the new book is the authors’ attempt to put as much distance as possible between Darwin and eugenics thinking, and between Darwin and Hitler. The new book paints Darwin follower Herbert Spencer as the eugenics-championing bad guy and posits that Darwin and Darwinism had little or no influence on Hitler’s warped master race ethic. Weikart patiently highlights some key evidence to the contrary, statements front and center in Hitler’s writing. Did Read More ›
On this episode of ID the Future, hear the second half of Discovery Institute’s John West’s talk given at the 2020 Dallas Conference on Science and Faith, on how Darwinism has corroded Western culture. In this portion he examines the morally poisoning effects of Darwinism on marriage, sexual ethics, and religion, such that virtually anything can be defended as OK, and no particular culture’s ethic is to be preferred over another. Humankind’s spiritual purpose has likewise been eroded. Yet West closes with hope: science in our generation is discovering more and more signs of intelligent design and purpose in nature, and young researchers are learning that materialism shouldn’t be the foregone conclusion of contemporary science.
On this episode of ID the Future, From Darwin to Hitler author and historian Richard Weikart returns to his conversation with Mike Keas about a recent book on Darwinism, Christianity, and war by Michael Ruse. Ruse aims at a surprising conclusion in this book.Read More ›
On this episode of ID the Future, From Darwin to Hitler author and historian Richard Weikart speaks with Mike Keas about a recent book on Darwinism, Christianity, and war by Michael Ruse. Weikart says that in the course of the book Ruse appears to shift from warning others about treating Darwinism as a secular religion to himself embracing it as such.Read More ›
On this episode of ID the Future, hear from author and historian Dr. Richard Weikart as he discusses his latest book, The Death of Humanity: And the Case for Life. The Death of Humanity traces dangerous trends in Western thinking that reject the idea that human life is intrinsically valuable — reminding us that ideas have consequences.Read More ›
On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Jay Richards joins Michael Medved for a discussion about capitalism and Darwinism. President Obama says that Republicans push a “thinly veiled social Darwinism.” Is the free market an amoral system where only the fittest survive and thrive? Listen in as Dr. Richards offers insight into our current economic climate, negative impacts of Obamacare, and more.Read More ›
As the world reacts to the depravity of Anders Breivik’s cold-blooded killings, the mainstream media is quick to label the heinous crimes as an act of fundamentalist Christian terrorism. Is this really the complete story of Breivik’s underlying motivations? In his manifesto, Breivik explicitly identifies himself as a Christian, but at the same time makes it clear that he views the label as a pragmatic political tool, not a religious statement. In this episode of ID the Future, John West gives a thorough account of the scientific fundamentalism and Social Darwinist ideals that inspired much of Anders Breivik’s worldview.Read More ›