Thursday, August 23, 2007


Nowhere were the far-reaching consequences of such cosmogenic mythology more evident than in the pseudo-science of eugenics.[1] Eugenics hypothesized that the gene pool was being corrupted by the less fit genes of inferior people. As Michael Crichton has pointed out, the theory of eugenics postulated that “the best human beings were not breeding as rapidly as the inferior ones—the foreigners, immigrants, Jews, degenerates, the unfit, and the ‘feeble-minded’…The plan was to identify individuals who were feeble-minded—Jews were agreed to be largely feeble minded, but so were many foreigners, as well as blacks—and stop them from breeding by isolation in institutions or by sterilization.”[2]

The logical progression from evolution to eugenics was hardly a surprise. What is breathtaking, however, is the vast rapidity with which this baseless theory was embraced by the cultural elite. Crichton notes that its supporters ranged from President Theodore Roosevelt to Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. Eugenics research was funded through philanthropies such as the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations and carried out at prestigious universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

Legislation to address the “problem” posed by eugenics was passed in blue states ranging from New York to California. Eugenics was even backed by the National Academy of Sciences and the American Medical Association. Those who resisted eugenics were considered backward and ignorant. Conversely, German scientists who gassed the “feeble-minded” were considered forward thinking and progressive and were rewarded with grants from such institutions as the Rockefeller Foundation right up to the onset of World War II.

It wasn’t until the ghastly reality of eugenics reached full bloom in the genocidal mania of German death camps that it quietly vanished into the night. Indeed, after World War II few institutions or individuals would even own up to their fastidious belief in eugenics. Nor did the cultural elite ever acknowledge the obvious connection between eugenics and evolution.

Eugenics has faded into the shadowy recesses of history. The tragic consequences of the evolutionary dogma that birthed it, however, are yet with us today.
[1] My source for the following brief overview of the history of eugenics is Michael Crichton, “Why Politicized Science is Dangerous,” Appendix 1 from his novel State of Fear (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004), 575-80.
[2] Crichton, State of Fear, 576.


John K said...

Hi Hank, I look forward to reading your blog on a regular basis.

Oddly enough, the idea of eugenics is entirely compatible with naturalism. Yet nary an atheist will admit it. Many of them with whom I have raised the issue, anachronistically insist that if they had been around when this "science" enjoyed its flash in the pan, they would have stood against it as being against human rights. In fact it was the darlng of the very type of "free-thinking" intellectual who now considers belief in God to be simplistic and passe.

Indeed, one of the main opponents of eugenics at the time was the Catholic church. When that fact is pointed out, there is usually an uneasy silence.

Christian said...


First, I'm shocked to see you have time for a blog.

I just recently read a book called "Bones of Contention". It is an excellent book that explains the origins of the theory of evolution. Eugenics is also mentioned in the book. It was a complete eye-opener for me.

I'm a huge fan, listener, subscriber and have donated to your ministry. I also use to browse and buy books from your old book store before the site was redone. You really have great guests on your show too.

I'm sure you hear this often but I really mean it - I am a spiritually healthier more well informed Christian because of your ministry. I just became a Christian 4 years ago(at 31).

I will pray that God will continue to richly bless you.


Steven T / Austin, Texas said...

Hello Hank,
Your blog is highly informative but more importantly, extremely relevant to today's society. Surely I speak not only on my own behalf but undoubtedly for hosts of others when I say that it is certainly appreciated and valued.
Hank, you wrote: "Eugenics has faded into the shadowy recesses of history". While this is true in many respects, I cannot help but wonder if eugenics has merely been "submerged". Eugenics seems to be alive and well in what we know today as abortion (in all its forms). Hence the egregious work of Margaret Sanger lives on. Its heinous practice is not so much denied as it is conveniently ignored (or forgotten) under the disgusting auspices of "reproductive freedom" by both believer and non believer alike. Knowing this, it is astounding that anyone, much less a professor of divinity would pose the question: "how could a loving God be angry?"
The good news is that what is even more (infinitely) astounding is that this same angry God who holds sinners in the palm of his hand WILL at the sinners humble request hold them under the waterfall of his mercy and grace.

May God continue to richly bless you, your family and your ministry.
Keep up the excellent work.

Steven T. / Austin, Texas