The Rock and the Hard Place

Darwinismby Deana Chadwell
Caught between granite and basalt, between snakes and spiders, between goblins and ghouls — what remains of America is spinning round and round unable to figure out what to do next. I watch the news, listen to the radio, check a myriad of web sites, slide down through Facebook, and sure enough we are embattled.

I am reminded of a lecture I listened to ages ago about the military tactic of strategic double envelopment. In this “pincer” movement a line of soldiers either starts the combat in a U shape, or folds its line into such a position mid-battle, in order to encircle the attacking force, or pinch them in between their lines. Sun-Tsu (The Art of War) gets the credit for having thought of it, but he was afraid to use it because he thought the entrapped forces would then redouble their ferocity and therefore their effectiveness. I hope he was right, because we are caught in such a position in a most important struggle.

I see us fighting on one side with a foe made up of Marxists, Socialists, give-me-ists, and Cinderella ideologues. And, on the other, we’re battling a wide array of jihadists – Islamic and atheistic anti-Judeo-Christian fanatics who are stirring up every attack they can dream of.  At the head of this mess, and not on America’s side, is our “commander in chief,” steeped from childhood in both Marxist and Islamic ideologies. A rock and a hard place.

Let’s look at the first side – in some ways the most recent into the fray. This part started cracking its way out of the evil egg in 1859 when Darwin published The Origin of the Species. Some of the ugliest demons to ever walk the earth crawled out of that shell.

o    The first wound suffered by America hit at its ideological heart and we’ve been bleeding goodness ever since: if Darwin is right, then Genesis is wrong; if Genesis is wrong then the whole Bible is in question; if the Bible is iffy, then the Gospel is doubtful, and if there is no Gospel, there is no salvation, so we’re going to have to create a utopia here, because here is all there is. That’s the short of it.

o    Darwinism first wormed its way through our national consciousness by attacking our colleges. Many had started as Christian universities – in fact, all of the Ivy League schools did, and yet look at what Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth are today – they took a left turn at the corner of Evolution and Marx and have no intention of going back to their roots. As America’s “best” schools their influence has been profound.

o    It didn’t take long for the offshoots of social Darwinian thinking to get into the public school system, either. John Dewey, born the year Origin of the Species was published, became the father of modern education and its efforts at social reform. Slowly our schools have marched ever left-ward assuming more and more that they exist to make things equal, not to educate and inform. Today one of our biggest problems is gross ignorance – of (true) history, of science in its honest investigative sense, of literature – young adult novels and leftist classics fill the reading lists. Our young people don’t even know where places are, geography having been supplanted by “social studies,” a catch-all phrase that allows for a curriculum that is heavy on the isn’t-America-terrible front.

o    By the time the turn of last century came around “progressive” thinking had found its way to the White House in the form of Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, the latter managing to institutionalize some of his most destructive ideas in the form of the income tax and the Federal Reserve, both of which choke us to this day.

o    But allow me to retrace my steps a little. Go back to Darwin, for we suffer even more under his tutelage: if there is no Bible and no creation, there are also no rules. Here we are, a century and half later, and most of our residual conscience has worn off. It is now just fine for Miley Cyrus, an idol to tens of thousands of young women, to simulate sex on stage, barely dressed and with her tongue hanging out of her mouth like some demon from a Hieronymus Bosch triptych. Homosexuality is lauded, violence against women and children are becoming more and more common, and respect for personal property has vanished.

o    Last, but not least, on this phalanx is another of Darwin’s generals – relativism: where there is no God and no Bible, there is no truth; if there is no truth then lying is just fine, and 2 out of our last 3 presidents have been liars in the extreme, each closing in inexorably, crushing the integrity that was once America and filling its high offices with those who wish her harm.

Coming at us from the other side of this double envelopment is Islam. It, too, pivots out from our truth-less White House. Since his first campaign Barack Obama, educated as a Muslim and a Marxist, has gathered around him members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the granddaddy of Islamic extremism. They write his speeches, consult with him in the White House and hold important positions in the Department of Homeland Security.

o    This makes us super-vulnerable to jihadist incursions, though that danger is nothing new. The Muslims started attacking America back in 1784 before we were even dry behind our national ears. Since 1972 they have instigated over 60 attacks on American soil killing 3,085 people and injuring over 1500. It’s something to be worried about, and since our southern border is no more than a smudged line in the sand, we should be very worried. But that’s not the worst of it.

o    Jihadis are sending out reconnaissance missions into American society on a regular basis, after all, total Islamic domination can be accomplished in many ways.

o    Their first approach is to use our own fixation with human rights, our paranoia about political correctness and our tendency toward litigation to cut a swath through our culture, demanding changes in public school curricula – even to the point of forcing Christian children to kneel on prayer rugs in mosques, demanding that Islamic women in burkas not be searched at airports, that public restrooms include foot baths, etc. Little by little shariah law is creeping into our courts – we know from watching Europe in its death throes how well that will go.

o    Here we can no longer call terrorists terrorists (see my previous remarks re truth), we can’t even call terrorist attacks by their real name and opt instead for “workplace violence” thus robbing our dead and injured of any justice or recognition.

o    Our very largess as a nation is assisting in this assault on all we call America. We subsidize Islamic refusal to assimilate and be productive with our willingness to provide for immigrant populations regardless of their lack of loyalty to the principles that support this nation. They gather in large conclaves, blocking streets for prayer and intimidating Christians and Jews.  Now vocal atheists have joined their ranks in attacking the religion of our heritage, also using our own courts, hoisting us on our own petard.

Is all lost? No. But close. We can still write like this, though that freedom is being challenged. We can still speak truth, even if our media won’t. We can still discuss reality even if few recognize it as such. And remember Sun-Tsu’s worry? That a people caught in a pincer maneuver might fight more fiercely? That’s a real possibility given the fiesty nature of the American people. But even more important is this – they can’t shut us off from our Savior, for He is God. They won’t be able to close the circle around us, because He will be there. He will either reach into the battle and yank us out, or He will step into it and win the day.
Daily I watch history unfold, the presence of evil more and more evident as Lucifer struggles to prove his superiority over God. But he is only a creature; Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, is the Creator – and He controls history.

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About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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9 Responses to The Rock and the Hard Place

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Another good article by Deana.

    We are indeed stuck between the pincer movements of Islam and Leftism. As Dennis Prager puts it in “Still the Best Hope” (which I’ve just added to the Bookshelf), there are three competing worldviews: Americanism, Leftism, and Islam. And he says that Leftism is the most dynamic religion in the world today.

    This is a mostly forgotten element by the right which often leaves them powerless (if not just clueless) in regards to rebutting the Left. And part of the Left’s religious dogma is indeed Darwinism. But I have no problem with the scientific aspects. It seems clear to me that there is ongoing evolution via natural selection (and probably some other things as well that we haven’t discovered).

    But materialism has been turned into a central creed of the Left…and basically the “secular” types, including many Libertarians. I have no problem believing that we are related to monkeys. But identifying with a monkey, as the secular types typically do, is not only stupid but unnecessary. Whatever one believes about God, it is possible for mankind to have higher aspirations than flinging feces against the wall and copulating like, well, a monkey.

    None of this makes sense unless you realize that Leftism is indeed a religion, and one that children are being indoctrinated into now starting as early as Kindergarten. It is a creed that is bizarrely inconsistent. The same crowd that says that we are no different from monkeys also supposes that it is mankind’s purpose to create an earthly Utopia. That idea is just, well, bananas.

    I’ve spoken to many people (yutes and adults) who have been thoroughly indoctrinated into secular materialism. One of the obvious benefits of this point of view is that you can be as crude, obnoxious, sacrilegious, and insulating as you want. You need never believe in noble ideas (which is why the noblest ideas of the Left are typically fortune-cookie-grade slogans). You need never be held to higher standards. It’s a license to be libertine.

    As Dennis Prager notes about the Left, it’s the easiest religion to join because all you have to do is say that you “care.” But you needn’t follow through on it. It’s simply a conceit.

    I think the way many people approach religion, it is also a conceit. But most have higher aspirations than bananas.

  2. Glenn Fairman Glenn Fairman says:

    Deana: The Lifespan of republics mirrors the human–a time of vigor, growth, maturity, and then feebleness. I wish that this were not so.

    But one day, no matter whether America crumbles from within to a time of anarchy, hardens into a police state, or drowns in a soft managerial totalitarianism……the sky will roll back like a scroll and the world shall understand the true meaning of the political—-the Good Life. Those who love His coming shall see His Face and in an instant they shall be transformed—not through reason, indoctrination, or force- but by looking at the true visage of Justice and love personified. Bathed in this most powerful force in all reality, all our political and moral dreams will be consumed as Aquinas said: like chaff.

    In the meantime, shall we not gird our loins and do good to all men, knowing that the Owner of the Vineyard approaches as we fret about that which is passing away? The birth pangs of a new age, whether they last until tonight or 10,000 years hence, are shaking the world at its very foundations. And in love and mercy, he will arrive just in time to save us from the horror of ourselves.

  3. CCWriter CCWriter says:

    The Cliff Notes version of my take on this is that America will be rebuilt from the ground up, by people living as they feel is right and not waiting for permission. And the sooner we set about it and stop pinning all our hopes on a takeover from the top. the better. The top is crumbling anyway and we need things in place to supply people’s needs.

  4. Timothy Lane says:

    I have a book of Hieronymus Bosch art. You’re right; Miley Cyrus would fit in well with one of his paintings. As for Darwinism, I differentiate between Darwinians (who have been persuaded by the scientific theory of evolution through natural selection) and Darwinists (for whom evolution is basically their religion). I discussed the matter of Genesis vs. Darwin in an article here, “Some Reflections on the Bible”. You may not be aware that the theory of evolution was actually co-discovered by Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace, and that the latter believed that evolution alone couldn’t fully explain the human mega-brain. As such, he was in effect the originator of the idea of intelligent design. Tell that to a Darwinist sometime and see how he reacts.

    • Glenn Fairman Glenn Fairman says:

      you are so right about Wallace, Tim. But the Scientific community, once it had its nose under the tent, was not about to relinquish its materialist victory of emancipating itself from God. Moreover, Darwin knew noting of Mendel’s genetics and his understanding of the cell was practically nil. I suspect that personal issues of despair at his daughter’s death had driven his search into materialist origins. Even Dawkins admits that Neo-Darwinism does not provide a mechanism for the appearance of rich speciation ex nihilo and kicks the can down the road by resorting to alien seeding.

      Interesting enough, Dawkins will not debate the ID mind par excellence, William Lane Craig, who demolishes the Philosophical Materialists whenever they fly too close to his flame.

  5. Rosalys says:

    I’m so late to this discussion, I suppose no one will even see this. I only discovered this website in February and am catching up reading old postings.

    I recently read (listened to the audiobook actually) The Creature From Jeckyll Island. The more I listened the madder, I got. The more I listened the more I fell into despair realizing, not that there was nothing we could do about it, but that there was nothing that we would do about it. Something happened at the end of the book where Edward Griffin describes several possible scenarios. One was a scenario where the path we are taken is continued and the results is a world wide, absolute totalitarian regime where every single aspect of our lives is controlled by our “betters.” Another is a practical scenario, a possible way out of this mess, not without pain but at least with a light at the end of the tunnel.

    I really don’t think that America will choose the practical scenario and yet the something that happened to me was a sense of peace realizing that the Lord is in control of even this present evil age. If it is true that “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) then He will use even present realities to work His ultimate purpose.

    I wish not to be part of the problem. I’m not sure how to be part of the solution except to try to stand for the truth and preach the Gospel. I’m not very talented in this as I seem only to succeed in making people angry with me and losing friends.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I doubt we will have a single, worldwide totalitarian regime. I can believe that we’ll have a series of totalitarian regimes, some of them relatively “soft” (those based in the Western nations) and libertine, others “hard” and moralistic (such as the Muslim Shariah and Putinite versions).

    • Pokey Possum says:

      “…to stand for the truth and preach the Gospel. I’m not very talented in this as I seem only to succeed in making people angry with me and losing friends.” Rosalys

      Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
      -Ephesians 6:13 (ESV)

      But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
      -2 Corinthians 12:9,10 (ESV)

      “I cannot do too much or suffer too much for so good a Master.” Matthew Henry

      Be encouraged!

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