Christ or Evolution - Which?
The Effects of Evolution
on Teachers of It
IT IS not the purpose of this book to show the effect of Evolution on the lives of the people. It could be shown. When the International Peace Congress assembled in Paris in 1900, L'Univers made this meaningful statement: "The spirit of peace has fled the earth, because Evolution has taken possession of it. The plea for peace in past years have been inspired by faith in the divine nature, and in the divine origin of man; men were then looked upon as children of one Father, and war, therefore was fratricide. But now that men are looked upon as children of apes, what matters it whether they are slaughtered or not?" Witness Germany who believed and taught it. Witness the revelation in the High Schools of St. Louis, Chicago and other cities.
If Evolution is true, the Bible is not God's word. Mr. Huxley saw this. He says: "Evolution, if consistently accepted, makes it impossible to believe the Bible." Genesis says ten times that everything brought forth "after his kind." Evolution teaches just as positively that all species, from amoeba to man, were evolved, the higher from the lower, "by numerous slight variations for many generations." No intelligent, consistent, honest man can believe both.
But the Saviour endorsed Genesis as the word of God. For Him to endorse those ten lies in the first chapter of Genesis, if Evolution is true, proves that He was not Deity -- was not our real Redeemer, was not a God-sent authoritative teacher. With the Bible, as the word of God out of the way, where is your standard of morals? Why not have many wives? Why not have concubines? Where is the authority to say that it is wrong? Why not gratify the sexual nature -- why not commit adultery? Where is your authority to say that it is wrong? Suppose these and other things are wrong (But how are we to know what is wrong? Where is your standard when you give up the Bible as God's word and the Saviour as Deity?), what of it? Evolutionists laugh at the idea of there being a hell. And coarseness and lasciviousness are spreading just in the proportion that Evolution is spreading among the people.
But the purpose of this chapter is to show the effects of Evolution on those who teach it.
Witness Mr. Darwin who in early life believed the Bible; witness his own teachings, how they swept him far out to sea and into infidelity; witness how, after sweeping hundreds of thousands away from God and the Bible and the Saviour, after a wasted life, when the chilly winds of death were sweeping around his soul, he turns to the Saviour, as shown at the close of this chapter.
Witness George Romanes, the great Evolutionist, swept from God and the Bible and the Saviour; read the tragedy of his soul in those dark days; then after a misspent life in sweeping others away from God and the Bible and the Saviour, witness him, at life's close, coming back and accepting the Saviour.
Professor Leuba of Bryn Mawr sent out a questionnaire to over five thousand scientists, those who stand and teach our sons and daughters, and from the answers he states that over half of them do not believe in a personal God, nor in the existence of the soul after death; yet almost to a man they once believed the Bible and that Christ was our Saviour, but they were taught Evolution by their teachers. If it has this effect on the teachers, WHAT WILL IT DO WITH THE STUDENTS?
Where Evolution is specially taught in our universities and colleges, is in the department of Biology, Psychology and Sociology. It is said that only thirty-six per cent of the Biologists believe in a personal God, and that the soul exists after death; and that only thirty-three per cent of the Psychologists believe in a personal God and the soul existing after death; and only thirteen per cent of the Sociologists; yet they were once believers in God and the Bible and the Saviour, and were taught Evolution by their teachers.
It would take volumes to give the atheistic and infidel utterances of the Evolution professors in American Universities and Colleges. As this is being written there comes to hand the Literary Digest of March 3, 1923, in which there is a leading article: "The Growing Philosophic Despair." It begins, "No salvation, no immortality. Nothing but cosmic collapse at the end -- this is the philosophic fear which the contemporary literature of despair holds for us." The article tells of a letter written by the lecturer and writer, Albert Edward Wiggam to Glenn Frank, Editor of the Century Magazine, concerning this appalling issue. One paragraph will show the effect of Evolution upon those who teach it:
"One of the professors of a large Eastern university," writes Mr. Wiggam, "boldly teaches his students that 'man is a mere cosmic accident,' the most interesting and the most self-interested accident that has yet happened to matter, but nevertheless an accident; that 'immortality is a sheer illusion,' and that 'there is practically no evidence for the existence of God.' At another institution a professor "informs his students, many of them labor leaders and intellectuals of the most earnest type, that 'religion is a mere defense mechanism' which man has built up subjectively, a 'compensatory fiction for his inner feeling of inferiority,' 'a device for importing symbols into the world of fact,' all with a view not of finding reality, but of keeping up his courage with a 'universe run in his private interest,' 'a universe as he would like to have it.' " At still another Eastern university a professor of Psychology tells his students "that 'freedom of the will has been knocked into a cocked hat,' and that such things as the 'soul' and 'consciousness' are mere mistakes of the older psychology.' 'And these,' says Mr. Wiggam, 'are only random examples. It is safe, he thinks, to assert that a 'majority of the Biologists, Psychologists, Physicists, and Chemists are thoroughgoing mechanists, and that mechanism as a world view is growing."
That some escape who teach Evolution is nothing in favor of it, any more than that some escaping in a small-pox epidemic is proof in favor of small-pox.
Prof. E. G. Conklin of Princeton University: "The modern world had outgrown the primitive religion of tribal gods, whether of the Philistines or the Israelites." -- The Direction of Human Evolution, p. 181. Then the God of old the Old Testament is only the tribal god of the Jews. That is a sample of what Evolution does with a learned professor who accepts it, and he is the teacher of young men in a great university.
Again, Professor Conklin: "The religion of Evolution is nothing new, but is the old religion of Confucius and Plato and Moses and especially of Christ." -- The Direction of Human Evolution, p. 246. There you have it! Evolution puts the religion of Christ in the same class with Confucius and Plato. Why not, if Evolution is true, if he endorsed the lies of Genesis as the word of God and He is only, therefore, the bastard, illegitimate son of a fallen woman, and as a consequence no real Redeemer at all?
"In an editorial in The Commercial Appeal the editor, in discussing the character and Christian faith of the late Hon. Joseph Hodges Choate, after bringing out the fact that Mr. Choate was once shaken in his faith in immortality by reading Darwin's works, but recovered his faith before his death, closed the article with this comment: 'From the foregone it seems clear that the speculations of the scientists named are inconsistent with a belief in immortality; and it seems equally clear to us that if there is no hell there ought to be one for the comfort of those gentlemen and their puny imitators of the present day who so scornfully dominate the intellectual field.' " -- Evolution -- a Menace, p. 86.
George Romanes, the great Evolutionist, who was swept far out to sea by Evolution, yet who returned and accepted the Saviour shortly before dying, tells his experience: "The views that I entertained on this subject (Plan in Revelation) when an undergraduate (i. e., the ordinary orthodox views) were abandoned in the presence of the theory of Evolution." In this condition he tells us: "I am not ashamed to confess that with this virtual negation of God the universe to me has lost its soul of loveliness; and although from henceforth the precept to 'work while it is day' will doubtless gain an intensified force from the terribly intensified meaning of the words that 'the night cometh when no man can work,' yet when at times I think, as think at times I must, of the appalling contrast between the hallowed glory of that creed which once was mine, and the lonely mystery of existence as I now find it, at such times I shall ever feel it impossible to avoid the sharpest pang of which my nature is susceptible."
Truly Mr. Bryan says: "All the intellectual satisfaction that Darwinism ever brought to those who have accepted it will not offset the sorrow that falls to a single life from which the brute theory of descent has shut out the sunshine of God's presence and the companionship of Christ."
The effect of Evolution on Professor Charles Darwin is well known; how his own teachings wrecked his faith; but his turning to the Saviour in his last illness is not so well known. It is a touching story:
"Lady Hope, a consecrated English woman, speaking before a Northfield audience, August 15, 1915, on Mr. Darwin's religious life, gave the following account of a personal interview that subsequently was published in The Watchman-Examiner. The article, as published, was written by her own hand, and this is what she says:
"It was on one of those glorious autumn afternoons that we sometimes enjoy in England, when I was asked to go in and sit with the well known Professor, Charles Darwin. He was almost bedridden for some months before he died. I used to feel when I saw him that his fine presence would make a grand picture for our Royal Academy; but never did I think so more strongly than on this particular occasion. He was sitting up in bed, wearing a soft-embroidered dressing gown, of rather a rich purple shade. Propped up by pillows, he was gazing out on a far-stretching scene of woods and cornfields, which glowed in the light of one of those marvellous sunsets which are the beauty of Kent and Surrey. His noble forehead and fine features seemed to be lit up with pleasure as I entered the room. He waved his hand toward the window as he pointed out the scene beyond, while in the other hand he held an open Bible, which he was always studying.
"What are you reading now?" I asked, as I seated myself by his bedside.
"Hebrews!" he answered. "The Royal Book, I call it. Isn't it grand ?" Then placing his finger on certain passages, he commented on them.
"I made some allusion to the strong opinions expressed by many persons on the history of the creation, its grandeur, and then their treatment of the earlier chapters of the Book of Genesis.
"He seemed greatly distressed, his fingers twitched nervously, and a look of agony came over his face, as he said: 'I was a young man with unformed ideas. I threw out queries, suggestions, wondering all the time over everything; and to my astonishment the ideas took like wildfire. People made a religion of them'.
"Then he paused, and after a few more sentences on 'the holiness of God' and 'the grandeur of this Book', looking at the Bible which he was holding tenderly all the time, he said: 'I have a summer house in the garden, which holds about thirty people. It is over there,' pointing through the open window. 'I want you very much to speak there. I know you read the Bible in the villages. Tomorrow afternoon I should like the servants on the place, some tenants, and a few of the neighbors to gather there. Will you speak to them?'
"What shall I speak about?" I asked.
"Christ Jesus!" he replied in a clear, emphatic voice, adding in a lower tone, 'and His salvation'. Is not that the best theme? And then I want you to sing some hymns with them. You lead on your small instrument, do you not?"
"The wonderful look of brightness and animation on his face as he said this I shall never forget, and he added; 'If you take the meeting at 3 o'clock this window will be open, and you will know that I am joining in with the singing." -- Collapse of Evolution, Revised Edition, pp 62, 63.
Many of your sons and daughters will go to the State Normals and State Universities to become teachers. Here is the effect Evolution is having on the teachers, and they, in turn will go into our public schools to spread the deadly teaching among the boys and girls, young men and women.
Unless Evolution is driven from our tax-supported schools, from primary to university, here are the kind of teachers your children will be trained by; here is what many of your children will become.
It is a sad, a tragic picture, the meeting of the Evolution teachers
with their pupils in hell whom they damned by instilling their Bible-destroying,
Christ-denying poison into their souls. Sneer at this? Of course they will;
for sneers and sarcasm are the only arguments of guilty souls. But in hell,
their eternal home, there are no sneers -- no sarcasm.