Re: [asa] Creationists for genocide

From: gordon brown <gbrown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Sat Aug 25 2007 - 22:55:44 EDT

Genocide in the OT is an important issue of theodicy for Christian
apologists no matter where they fit on the creation-evolution spectrum. I
wonder why Avalos uses the word creationist rather than Christian. Maybe
he wants to counter the non sequitur blaming the theory of evolution for
Hitler with his own non sequitur. Because of the popular understanding of
the word creationism to mean the YECism of someone like Sarfati, I
consider his use of it for others to amount to smearing them. W.L. Craig,
for example, is definitely not a YEC.

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

On Fri, 24 Aug 2007, PvM wrote:

> Professor Hector Avalos, Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State
> University has recently finished "Creationists for genocide" which
> explores the link between ethics, the holocaust, Darwinism and Luther.
> An interesting reading with some challenging positions.
>
> <quote>
> One understands nothing about creationism unless one understands that
> it is meant to be a system of ethics. That is why the assault on
> evolution has always included a lengthy history of moral judgments
> against evolution. Perhaps none of these judgments has been more
> accusatory than the idea that Darwinism led to the Holocaust. Such an
> idea is trumpeted in many creationist venues, including books and
> blogs. A prime example of this accusation today is found in Richard
> Weikart's From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and
> Racism in Germany (2004).[1] Weikart is a member of the Discovery
> Institute who has devoted his career to elucidating the supposed
> immoral consequences of evolution.
>
> For Weikart, the materialistic basis of evolutionary theory is
> responsible for the devaluation of human life in general. In
> particular, the idea of the survival of the fittest leads to the
> devaluation or extermination of those considered "unfit" in society.
> Death becomes a good thing insofar as it helps the species rid itself
> of unfit organisms. The principal goal of all such anti-evolutionary
> moral arguments is to show that creationism, especially in its
> Judeo-Christian form, is a superior moral system.
>
> Aside from exposing the historical flaws found in the work of Weikart,
> this essay demonstrates that the defense of genocide, infanticide and
> "eugenics" by creationists actually has a very venerable and lengthy
> tradition that precedes Darwin. In fact, the most blatant defenses of
> genocide ever penned are still to be found among creationists. Some of
> these defenders of genocide include Reuben A. Torrey, the famed
> fundamentalist apologist, William Lane Craig, Jonathan Sarfati, an
> Australian Young-Earth creationist with a Ph.D. in chemistry, and
> Glenn Miller, an American business executive who fancies himself to be
> a biblical scholar.[2]
> </quote>
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