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The Tragic Legacy of Darwin, Part 1

May 30, 2021

Joseph Stalin (1937), Author Unknown (PD)

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution contends that men were not created by God, but rather that they evolved.  What is less often mentioned these days is that the theory contends some men are more evolved than others.

Darwin influenced Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Margaret Sanger, and others whose totalitarian regimes and eugenic policies enslaved, tortured, killed, or aborted untold millions [1A].

The following excerpts are taken from a presentation by historian William Federer regarding Darwin [1B]:

Racist Ideology

Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, and The Descent of Man in 1871, expounding:

“With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated…We civilized men, on the other hand… build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick…Thus the weak members propagate their kind.  No one who had attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man…Hardly anyone is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed …”

Darwin continued:

“Civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world…The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”

Karl Marx

“Darwin’s Origin of Species was read and reread by Karl Marx, who saw ‘survival of the fittest’ as validating his ‘dialectical conflict,’ where labor and community organizers would create domestic chaos to enable communist dictators to usurp power.”

“Karl Marx wrote to Lassalle, January 16, 1861: ‘Darwin’s book is very important and serves me as a basis in natural selection for the class struggle in history.’ “

“Karl Marx dedicated a personal copy of his book, Das Kapital, to Charles Darwin, inscribing that he was a ‘sincere admirer’ of Darwin.”

Joseph Stalin

“Darwin influenced Joseph Stalin, as recounted in the book Landmarks in the Life of Stalin (1942):  ‘At a very early age, while still a pupil in the ecclesiastical school, Comrade Stalin developed a critical mind and revolutionary sentiments.  He began to read Darwin and became an atheist.'”

“Joseph Stalin stated of the Soviet state-controlled ‘common core’ type indoctrination:  ‘There are three things that we do to disabuse the minds of our seminary students. We had to teach them the age of the earth, the geologic origin, and Darwin’s teachings.’”

“Stalin’s notorious 1937 Order No. 00447 called for the mass execution and exile of ‘socially harmful elements’ as ‘enemies of the people.’”

“Estimates of deaths during the Stalinist period range from 8 to 61 million.”

Robert Conquest, author of Reflections on a Ravaged Century (1999) and The Great Terror (1990), wrote:

“Organized irreligion in the twentieth century committed atrocities on a scale that the fiercest religious wars never approached…The scientific socialism of the Communist countries killed a hundred million (and still counting) people around the globe…[P]eople in the West routinely invoke the Spanish Inquisition as an example of religious horror…  But the Inquisition, in the course of three centuries, and after legal procedures of a sort, killed fewer people – probably around three thousand – than the Soviet Union killed on an average day [2].”

As Federer points out, most genocides result from systems which deny each person is made in the image of God, and deny all are equal in His sight.

[1A and 1B]  American Minute with Bill Federer, “Darwin v. Lincoln:  Born Exact Same Day – But Lives Had Opposite Effects”, 2/13/21,

[2]  Robert Royal, The God that Did Not Fail:  How Religion Built and Sustains the West, NY:  Encounter Books (2006).

This series will continue next week with a focus on Margaret Sanger.

Our hearts go out to the victims of the latest mass shooting in San Jose, CA and their families.  On average, there have been 10 mass shootings in the United States per week this year.

Roman Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has called for the attacks on houses of worship in Myanmar to stop.  Civil rights violations by the government, and religious violence between Muslim and Buddhist factions continue to fuel the conflict.

Please, keep these situations in prayer.


From → Christian, Religion

  1. Anna, your second sentence in many ways says it all. And thanks for the helpful prayer pointers. We will take those to heart.

  2. Darwin could well be called the “Judas” to mankind. Par of the tragedy is the backwards thinking that some would claim him to be on par with the “savior” of mankind. The human heart truly is desperately wicked without Jesus.

  3. Allan Halton permalink

    Thanks for this, Anna, I’m sharing it on Facebook for the consideration of friends who go along with the theory of evolution.

  4. Lovely 💕😊🌹

  5. great wisdom my friend!

  6. Thanks for the teaching, Anna.

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