Jerry Bergman, one of the many creationists who claim fake credentials as real (his “doctorate” is from Columbia Pacific University, an unaccredited diploma mill that was so bad that the courts shut it down in 200), has a new book out that — stop me if you’ve heard this before — claims that evolution is what led to Adolf Hitler. The Worldnetdaily, unsurprisingly, is fawning over the book.
In a new book, “Hitler and the Nazi Darwinian Worldview,” Bergman (a university professor for four decades) presents fascinating portraits of the top Nazi killers, the men who planned the ghastly Final Solution.
Although “secular science” has issues with his conclusion, the data and analysis are unmistakable: Darwin did it.
The overall premise of naturalism – that everything in the universe is random and purposeless – is a damning indictment of the worst elements of Darwinian philosophy. This mindset has created everything from schoolyard bullies to the Third Reich. Bergman’s offers a devastating critique of Darwinian philosophy, and frankly, his profiles of Hitler and his henchmen are so riveting, you won’t be able to look away. Even though you want to.
Oi vey. Where to start? First of all, the premise of naturalism is not that “everything in the universe is random and purposeless.” That’s a rather cartoonish and moronic straw man. Secondly, there is no such thing as “Darwinian philosophy.”
Take Reinhard Heydrich, the feared mastermind of the Final Solution, and Himmler’s top deputy. Raised in an educated home that appreciated the arts (and staunchly Catholic, yet anti-Semitic), Heydrich built-on his Darwinian perspective to become such an efficient and content killer that Hitler had to figure out ways to control him.
Uh, okay. Where’s the evidence, or even the claims, of a connection to the theory of evolution? And I love the fact that he refers to Heydrich as “staunchly Catholic, yet anti-Semitic” as though those two things were in conflict. The Catholic Church had engaged in pogroms against Jews for nearly 2000 years by then. The current relative ecumenism between Catholics and Jews is a very recent phenomenon. Since the days of Jesus, there has been, until just the last few decades, relentless hostility between the two groups.
Or what of Julius Streicher, a mentor to Hitler in the early days? The publisher of the anti-Semitic newspaper Der Sturmer, Streicher had a hatred of the Bible and hence the Jewish people.
As Bergman writes: “Although Streicher’s views on Darwinism are mixed, it is well documented that he accepted the social Darwinian inferior race theory, and concluded that Jews were one of the worst of all biologically inferior races.”
This led to the view that the “master race” could not be contaminated, and led to the sterilization of untold numbers of people deemed inferior.
Which has nothing at all to do with the theory of evolution or with Charles Darwin, who was not a “social Darwinist” himself. Typical creationist logic-leaping from one thing to an entirely different thing. I could easily quote Adolf Hitler, who said over and over again that his campaign to destroy the Jews was a Christian quest, that he was doing it to establish Christianity. But I don’t even have to bother with that; there’s no evidence here to the contrary at all.
I could also show the rather obvious history of Martin Luther, German’s most important and influential theologian and the founder of Protestant Christianity, who hated the Jews so much that he commanded his followers to burn down their homes and synagogues and chase them out of Germany. If you’re looking for the root of Hitler’s madness and the reason why his views found fertile soil in Germany, look no further than Luther.