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Is Evolutionary Theory Harmful?

Updated on June 19, 2013
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I am a Christian pastor who wishes to bring glory to God in all that I do, and to help people through my writing to know Him better.


What Has Evolutionary Theory Done?

What if I were to tell you that there is a theory out there that has lead to movements that have killed millions of people and have oppressed thousands more since its inception. Because it has devalued human life so much it colored the thinking of men like Nicolai Lenin who was the first murderous communist dictator of the Soviet Union. His successor, Joseph Stalin went on a killing spree because of this poisonous worldview.

And Adolf Hitler has used it to promote his "master race" which, during World War II, lead to the killing of 6 million Jews and around 11 million people in total.

Or how about Francis Galton's horrible eugenics ideas?

This poisonous theory is known as evolution. The major idea in evolution of the "survival of the fittest", if applied to human beings, makes all human life no better in any way than that of a snail leaving its slimy trail across my driveway. While I have nothing against snails, they are not to be compared with human beings created in the very image of their creator. Let us look a little more closely at the beliefs of the men that were influenced by this fantasy called evolution.

I. Nicolai Lenin

Though many try to deny the connection between evolutionary theory and the many atrocities that came about in the 20th century, there is no denying that ideas have consequences. And Nicolai Lenin was steeped in this theory, leading him to the horrible things that he did.

He was an unabashed atheist dedicated to the destruction of all religious worship. It has been said by contemporaries that he regarded Christ with "undisguised hatred." On his desk was a prominent bronze statue. The statue was that of an ape looking at an over sized human skull. This symbolized Lenin's evolutionary atheistic belief. It also symbolized the Marxist Communism that he imposed upon Russia.

II. Joseph Stalin

In a book on this man entitled: Landmarks in the Life of Stalin there is a quote that gives us some insight on him. It states:

"At a very early age, while still a pupil at the ecclesiastical school, Comrade Stalin developed a critical mind and revolutionary sentiments. He began to read Darwin and became an atheist."

It was with that belief system that Stalin began his iron-fisted rule that was imposed upon the Soviet Union for thirty years. He was said to be an amoral psychopath and had a gangster-like mentality. He would kill anyone who got in his way, including those that were former allies.

It isn't even agreed upon just how many Stalin killed, but reputed scholars have given estimates of between 20 and 60 million people.

III. Adolf Hitler

Looking at the evidence, there can be no doubt that Hitler was heavily influenced by evolutionary theory. Dr. Jerry Bergman, a college professor who put together studies from various authorities, concurs with this. He states:

"Adolf Hitler's mind was captivated by evolutionary teaching- probably since he was a boy."

In another place Bergman tells us:

The whole Hitlerian idea of the "master race" of "supermen" was based on the Darwinian principle of "survival of the fittest" which Hitler proposed to speed up by various policies. Jews and blacks were singled out as retards on the evolutionary scale, who must not be allowed to contaminate the more evolved i.e. the more advanced Aryan race."

IV. Francis Galton

Francis Galton was the cousin of Charles Darwin and accepted evolutionary theory, though disagreeing on some points. Galton wrote a novel that described his vision of society in which science bred the best of human stock and eliminated the unfit. He believed that the unfit, weak or mentally infirm should not be allowed to breed. Galton thought that only those who were determined to be "high quality." should be allowed to reproduce.

These beliefs made Galton the father of the movement which attempted to put his theories into practice. It was called eugenics. One of the evil fruits of this was Adolf Hitler's horrible experiments with people during World War II.


Many atheists have wanted to put an end to all organized religion in general and Christianity specifically, being the world's biggest "religion". They say this because they believe that organized religion has caused all the wars and social injustice man has experienced throughout history. While I do not defend any injustice that so called Christians have caused throughout history, I wholeheartedly disagree with the assumption that religious belief has caused all of the hatred and violence that human beings have experienced. Indeed, just a cursory glimpse into history shows that many of the horrors of the past century have come from throwing God out of the picture and putting atheistic evolution in His place. And the sad thing is, that it could happen again as our own culture becomes more godless.

It is my hope that evolutionary theory will be seen for the false system that it surely is, and that a great revival will take place in the lands that once stood so tall in fighting the atrocities caused by this invalid and dangerous belief system. May God help His people to remain strong in the defense of the truth!


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      Jeff Shirley 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Truth always wins out in the end. Thanks for your comments BelieveMe.

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      BeleiveMe 4 years ago

      Evolutionaries have been bullirs, arrogant and guilty of fraud. Theories, wild ones have become facts. Statements uttered have become facts. Specimens have dissappered. Pictures and evidence has been doctored. God help them. Time will prove them wrong and future generations will condemn them.

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      Jeff Shirley 6 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      First of all, thanks to both of you Tony and Rob for reading and commenting on my Hub. To answer Tony, I did another Hub on the positive things that Christianity has done and continues to do for the world. On the other hand, I cannot agree from my study of evolutionary theory that it has caused anything of benefit and yes has caused much harm because it devalues humanity and the place that God has given to us in the world as those created in His image. And I agree that I need to write another Hub to more closely look at how Hitler and Stalin were influenced by evolution. I cannot put it here in the comment because it would be another Hub in and of itself. Rest assured, I will do that.

      In answer to Rob, you are correct in saying that a theory, if true is merely something we have to acknowledge. However, as you have pointed out and I implied, it isn't true and is merely being blindly accepted by many people just because someone with "credentials" says it is fact. That makes it quite harmful indeed. Thanks again and God bless!

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      Rob Lattin 6 years ago from Born in Chicago, now I'm in Mostly Michigan

      This argument to answer "Is Evolutionary Theory Harmful?" can go back and forth forever. You can find a lot of things and ask if they are harmful. The question is, first of all, is it true or false. Then, if you can answer that, then you can ask if it's harmful. If something were true and it is harmful, then there's not much you can do about it. However, if something were false and it is harmful, then that's a different story. An example is "Are little green men on the moon fact or fiction?" Well, if we teach that they are, this could lead to harm in some ways. So ask "Is Evolution Fact or Fiction?" Yes, it is fiction and teaching it has caused detriment in society in various ways. In and of itself evolution is merely an outdated theory that has been disproven but like many things it can be used for evil purposes. I think your hub topic is very good and gets us to start thinking from different angles.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      If you look at the evils brought about by especially the three monotheistic religions I doubt that evolution has "caused" anything like the devastation caused by religion.

      It is not possible to link causally the ideologies of Hitler and Staling to the theory of evolution. They had evil and harmful intentions and used some aspects of the theory to justify what they were about to do anyway.

      But a nice try!

      Evolution on the other hand has brought about great benefits for humanity especially in the field of medicine. In fact, look around the world today and you see evolution at work.

      Love and peace


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      Jeff Shirley 7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      To start with, just because evoultion is accepted as fact by most scientists does not make it true. Science used to believe a lot of things that are considered false today. For example, Science used to accept the theory of the spontaneous generation of certain life from non-living matter. This was believed along side heterogenesis, the belief that one form of life derives from another such as bees coming from flowers. That is no longer accepted as fact. Now the Science of abiogenesis is still searching for how life can come from non life.

      This to me is a fatal flaw in evoulutionary theory. Where does life come from? How can you have evolution if there is no life to evolve? You still need faith to believe that the vast array of multi-celled organisms with all of their complexity and design have just happened over a course of billions of years. Did they come from lifeless matter?

      And you are right. Evolution does change man's perceptions of humans which is precisely what makes it a dangerous, flawed theory. Of course there are other influences that affect the behavior of humans including false religions and "atheistic humanism." But that doesn't mean that the theory of evolution isn't having some devastating effects. Indeed there are many humanists who deny the existence of God and use evolution to explain existence.

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      simeonvisser 7 years ago

      I see what you mean for tyrants and evils dictators but how does it work for everyday lives? The theory of evolution is accepted as a biological framework by which we explain the history of life but not as a guidebook for human behaviour (although it can tell us a lot about why we behave the way we do). For people's daily behaviour they draw from worldviews like humanism or one of the many western or eastern religions.

      I think the main problem religious people have with the theory of evolution is that it changes the position of humans. Isn't relating the theory of evolution to evilness just one of the many angles of attack? You're free to express whatever opinions you have but I'm not convinced that society at large is experiencing daily problems due to the theory of evolution.

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      Jeff Shirley 7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      No, it doesn't change the way we got here. But it does change its adherents idea of what they are: A special creation of Divine Designer. You might ask the question: "What does it say if much of the world believed that a certain race was inferior."? Would it make them inferior? No, but it might change how most of the world treated them. Atheistic evolutionary theory gives us a wrong perception of mankind, which has lead mamy people to do harmful things. This is the danger.

      And the reason it is stated so frequently is that evolutionary theory is stated so frequently as absolute truth, in the media and in the classroom. Someone has to speak out against it.

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      simeonvisser 7 years ago

      Let us, for a moment, agree with what you are arguing and that the theory of evolution is indeed a harmful theory. What does that say? Does that, in any way, change how humans got here? Even if it contained the most harmful ideas in the world, it would not change our past. Why does this point ("harmfulness") need to be made so frequently?

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      Jeff Shirley 7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      While it is true that Hitler was responsible for what he did himself, ideas are powerful things that can be used for evil as well as good. The concept of evolution is a powerful, and flawed theory that many have used for evil. Thanks for your comments.

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      pennyofheaven 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I do agree that religious belief has not caused much of the hatred and violence in the world. Just as I do not agree Hitler and his belief in evolution was the cause for all the deaths in his regime.

      What people choose to use is an excuse for their actions has nothing to do with what they know. We know a gun can kill a person but the majority of us choose not to kill someone over whatever.

      The choice is always ours.

      Excellent hub and your points are well made!

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      Jeff Shirley 7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      My reason for using the term "atheistic evolutionary theory" is to separate those who have used the theory as a philosophy of life to deny the existence of a God.

      However, having said that, this doesn't take away from my belief and that of thousands of others that the whole theory itself is flawed.

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      simeonvisser 7 years ago

      There is no "atheistic evolutionary theory" as there are also theists who accept the theory of evolution. In other words, it does not inherently belong to either viewpoint.

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      Jeff Shirley 7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      I agree with you that the atrocities of this world are caused by people but the evolutionary theory has become more of a worldview for many of those who believe in it. And in their worldview, they use the evolutionary theory to deny the existence of God, particularly the Christian God who has made man in His own image. Man is no longer anything special. From there it is only a step away from not valuing human life and dignity.

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      Gordon G. 7 years ago

      I would like to point out that the atrocities of the world cannot be blamed on evolution just as they cannot be blamed on religion. Both are belief systems, and it is the person that chooses to interpret and act upon them. Evolution is theory, it is humans that manipulated that theory to aid in their evils.

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      Jeff Shirley 7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      You are right about evolution dehumanizing us. It denies who we truly are, a special creation of God, created in His image.

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      SirDent 7 years ago

      Evolution says we are the same as dogs, cats, apes, lions, tigers and bears, etc. . . Evolution is actually the dehumanizing of human beings. It is behind a lot of things that are happening in the world today.

      Ever noticed on TV how many com mercials there are aimed toward saving cats and dogs that have been abused or abandoned? Then try to remember the last time you saw one advocating for people who are hungry, homeless, etc. . . The ads for animals are posted much more than ads for people.

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      Jeff Shirley 7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      It depends on what your definition of evolution is. If you mean adaptations of a species in order for that species to survive in a changing environment, I would agree. But where is the fossil evidence of one species evolving into another? The evidence just isn't there.

      Also, I agree that God and real Science can go hand in hand. That which we call Science today started because men of Science believed that God created laws and an orderly universe that could be discovered.

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      Wintermyst 7 years ago

      I believe in God, and I believe in evolution. Just because man evolved, doesn't mean God doesn't exist. Evolution can be proven, man came second, religion third. God was always first. God and science can go hand in hand. Good story though.