Romanes, during his college days, came under the influence of those who worshipped the reason and this worship led him out into a starless night. Have we not a right to demand something more than guesses, surmises, and hypotheses before we exchange the “hallowed glory” of the Christian creed for “the lonely mystery of existence” as Romanes found it? Shall we at the behest of those who put the intellect above the heart endorse an unproved doctrine of descent and share responsibility for the wreckage of all that is spiritual in the lives of our young people? I refuse to have any part in such responsibility. For nearly twenty years I have gone from college to college and talked to students. Wherever I could do so I have pointed out the demoralizing influence of Darwinism. I have received thanks from many students who were perplexed by the materialistic teachings of their instructors and I have been encouraged by the approval of parents who were distressed by the visible effects of these teachings on their children.
As many believers in Darwinism are led to reject the Bible let me, by way of recapitulation, contrast that doctrine with the Bible:
Darwinism deals with nothing but life; the Bible deals with the entire universe—with its masses of inanimate matter and with its myriads of living things, all obedient to the will of the great Law Giver.
Darwin concerns himself with only that part of man’s existence which is spent on earth—while the Bible’s teachings cover all of life, both here and hereafter.
Darwin begins by assuming life upon the earth; the Bible reveals the source of life and chronicles its creation.
Darwin devotes nearly all his time to man’s body and to the points at which the human frame approaches in structure—though vastly different from—the brute; the Bible emphasizes man’s godlike qualities and the virtues which reflect the goodness of the Heavenly Father.
Darwinism ends in self-destruction. As heretofore shown, its progress is suspended, and even defeated, by the very genius which it is supposed to develop; the Bible invites us to enter fields of inexhaustible opportunity wherein each achievement can be made a stepping-stone to greater achievements still.
Darwin’s doctrine is so brutal that it shocks the moral sense—the heart recoils from it and refuses to apply the “hard reason” upon which it rests; the Bible points us to the path that grows brighter with the years.
Darwin’s doctrine leads logically to war and to the worship of Nietzsche’s “Superman”; the Bible tells us of the Prince of Peace and heralds the coming of the glad day when swords shall be beaten into ploughshares and when nations shall learn war no more.