In 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Since then, the terms Evolution and Darwinism have been almost interchangeable. Unfortunately, the book influenced more than the pseudoscience it promoted. (For instance, it actually gave scientific plausibility to racism.) I call it pseudoscience because the concept did not rely on the scientific method. That method includes observation, repeatability, falsification, and prediction. Evolution only looked scientific in nature.
Evolution and morality
The impact of Evolution on morality is more easily understood than its impact on government. But in both instances evolution has proved an agent of change. In morality, evolution implies that either God doesn’t exist or His Word is erroneous. This leaves moral decisions to one’s own determination about what is good and what is right.
Previously, whether someone believed in God or not, universally accepted moral standards were based on biblical principles. As Evolution rose in popularity, relying on the standards of an arcane book seemed backward and unsophisticated. This mindset of an evolved man quickly impacted the principles of government – especially the notion that our rights come from God and not from government. It is logical to come to this assumption if you believe that the whole idea of God is nothing more than an uneducated notion that restricts behavioral choices and acts as a crutch for the unenlightened.
The moral destruction caused by the concept of Evolution is not new to the human race. The Greeks believed in a form of evolution. The ancient Israelites were no strangers to doing what was right in their own eyes.
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. [Judges 21:25]
Evolution and a “Living” Constitution
The US Constitution. Photo: National Archives of the United States
Aside from not attributing our rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to an all-knowing and sovereign God, Evolution has impacted our government in other ways as well. The notion that a document written in 1787, and ratified with its Bill of Rights in 1791, is somehow relevant to our modern lives becomes absurd if we believe that life evolves. Therefore, our judges and public servants who are charged with preserving and protecting our Constitution feel perfectly entitled to change it at will – which is exactly what they have been doing. After all, if truth isn’t universal and absolute for all times and all generations, then a document that establishes a system of law for all times and all generations can’t be and shouldn’t be relied on in this enlightened age.
The disregard for our system of government represents the evolution of a Republic that has proven to be regressive instead of progressive and unenlightened instead of enlightened. As this once great nation seems to be on a path of self-destruction, the words of the Bible once again ring true.
There is a way which seems right to a man. But its end is the way of death. [Proverbs 14:12]