Here’s a fun article from the Huffington Post on this Darwin Day, 2016.
After cherry picking a “creationist” whopper and linking to a questionable transitional creature as “abundant new fossil evidence,” the author goes on to say:
. . . the problem with religious morality is evident: it’s frozen in time. If morals came down the mountain with Moses or through an angel’s pen, progress makes no sense. That’s precisely the stand that ISIS and Christian Reconstructionists take.
So on top of it all he lumps those Jews and Christians who uphold the ten commandments with . . . ISIS. Nice one, HuffPo.
I have to ask though, just how are the ten commandments “outdated”? A compelling case can be made for their being absolutely necessary as a basis for a just society, as has been done by Dennis Prager in his excellent video series, and as we here at Salvo have done in many articles (see Secular Fantasies: The Golden Rule Is Powerless Without Judeo-Christian Presuppositions).
Below is a list of The Ten Commandments. I ask you, which one of these do you object to for being outdated? Which ones are found in nature? (Take a hard look at numbers 6 through 10)
1. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet.
You can boil it down to this: Is The Golden Rule the same as Survival of the Fittest? The obvious answer is NO. As John West says in a interview with Salvo,
. . . Now it’s true that Darwin was squeamish about following the logical implications of his theory. But he clearly provided the basic arguments used by those who came after him, and eugenics was certainly logically connected to his theory. If you truly believe that human progress depends on unfettered survival of the fittest, and if modern societies have done their best to counteract natural selection, then you are left with two choices for saving the human race: Go back to the old law of the jungle or impose some kind of artificial selection—in other words, eugenics. . . .
Read the rest of the interview here: How Has Darwinism Affected Politics and the Culture? An Interview with John West, author of Darwin Day in America.
Here’s a quote from another famous man born this day.
“Near eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for SOME men to enslave OTHERS is a “sacred right of self-government.” These principles can not stand together. They are as opposite as God and mammon; and whoever holds to the one, must despise the other.” —Abraham Lincoln on October 16, 1854
Which leads me to one last question: Is equality found in nature?