Some Rotten Fruits of Evolution

by Anthony Nevard

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Pope Pius XII warned us in 1950 about the "deadly fruit" of novel theological opinions arising from Evolution. His encyclical Humani Generis begins with these words:

"Disagreement and error among men on moral and religious matters have always been a cause of profound sorrow to all good men, but above all to the true and loyal sons of the Church, especially today, when we see the principles of Christian culture being attacked on all sides."

The Pope points out that the human intellect is hampered in knowing divine truths: "by the activity of the senses and the imagination, and by evil passions arising from original sin. Hence men easily persuade themselves in such matters that what they do not wish to believe is false or at least doubtful."

Thus the atheist may cling to his belief in Evolution, even when it has been proved to be scientifically insupportable, through his desire to avoid any moral accountability to a Creator.

The following quotations illustrate the many bad effects that may be traced back to Darwin’s theory of evolution.


“After having chided the theologian for his reliance on myth and miracle, science found itself in the unenviable position of having to create a mythology of its own: namely, the assumption that what, after long effort, could not be proved to take place today had, in truth, taken place in the primeval past.” Dr. Loren Eisely (1957)

… The secular myths of evolution have had "a damaging effect on scientific research", leading to "distortion, to needless controversy, and to the gross misuse of science." Dr John Durant (1980)


“Darwin’s cosmology sanctioned an entire age of history. Convinced that their own behaviour was in consort with the workings of nature, industrial man and woman were armed with the ultimate justification they needed to continue their relentless exploitation of the environment and their fellow human beings without ever having to stop for even a moment to reflect on the consequences of their actions”. Jeremy Rifkin (1983)

“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world”. Charles Darwin (1874)

“To see evolutionary measures and tribal morality being applied rigorously to the affairs of a great modern nation, we must turn again to Germany of 1942. We see Hitler devoutly convinced that evolution produces the only real basis for a national policy” Sir Arthur Keith (1947).

“In keeping with the feelings of the age, both Marx and Darwin made struggle the means of development.” Jacques Barzun (1958)

“Darwinism negates God, the Human soul and the after life, and leaves a vacuum to be filled with Communism”. Bishop Cuthbert O'Gara (d. 1968)


“We can at all events assert that there are many kinds of men that we do not want. These include the criminal, the insane, the imbecile, the feeble in mind, the diseased at birth, the deformed, the deaf, the blind, etc., etc. How to lessen their numbers will be considered in later chapters.” Major Leonard Darwin (1928)


“As non-theists, we begin with humans, not God, nature, not duty... But we can discover no divine purpose or providence for the human species. While there is much that we do not know, humans are responsible for what we are or will become. No deity will save us; we must save ourselves…

“Promises of immortal salvation or eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful ... Rather science affirms that the human species is an emergence from natural evolutionary forces. As far as we know, the total personality is a function of the biological organisms transacting in a social and cultural context. There is no credible evidence that life survives the death of the body”. Humanist Manifesto II (1973)


“The long evolutionary past removes the Judeo-Christian God to an infinite distance and finally extinguishes him in the belief that our species is the chance product of blind natural forces. We are on our own and consequently we may do what we will, free of ancient prohibitions and divinely sanctioned codes”. Professor Hiram Caton (1987)


“Religion, in our day, has accommodated itself to the doctrine of evolution … we are told that … evolution is the unfolding of an idea which has been in the mind of God throughout. It appears that during those ages … when animals were torturing each other with ferocious horns and agonising stings, Omnipotence was quietly waiting for the ultimate emergence of man, with his still more widely diffused cruelty. Why the Creator should have preferred to reach his goal by a process, instead of going straight to it, these modern theologians do not tell us. Bertrand Russell (1961)

“Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus' earthly life was supposedly necessary ... If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing! “What all this means is that Christianity cannot lose the Genesis account of creation like it could lose the doctrine of geocentrism and get along. The battle must be waged, for Christianity is fighting for its very life.” G. Richard Bozarth (1978)

For a more detailed analysis see "Deadly Fruits of Evolutionism" by Anthony Nevard (first published in DAYLIGHT No. 23, Spring 1997).

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