All imperialism


It’s Sunday morning. Why aren’t you in church? I hate to bring this up again because I got flamed big-time on the last occasion, but here’s an excerpt from Charlie Reese’s editorial in today’s local paper:

All imperialism, even the American form, is ultimately based on social Darwinism, a belief not openly stated these days that we are a superior people and therefore must inevitably rule in one way or another the inferior others.

Earlier in the last century, this was openly admitted. Read this quote from Frederick Courtney Selous, a British colonialist who played a large role in establishing Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

“Matabeleland (a part of future Rhodesia) is doomed by what seems a law of nature to be ruled by the white man, and the black man must go, or conform to the white man’s laws, or die in resisting them. … The British colonist is but the irresponsible atom employed in carrying out a preordained law – the law which has ruled upon this planet ever since … organic life was first evolved upon the earth – the inexorable law which Darwin has aptly termed the Survival of the Fittest.”

Of course, today there is no Rhodesia, and Zimbabwe is ruled by black people, as is all of sub-Saharan Africa. The British Empire, upon which in the past the sun never set, no longer exists. What happened to the survival of the fittest?

Well, intellectuals, whether British or American, are inevitably out of touch with reality. It didn’t seem to occur to them that even a person who couldn’t read Latin or solve a simple equation could nevertheless wield a machete and shoot a rifle. An illiterate man can eradicate a lot of intelligence, experience and education with one 10-cent bullet. He can undo the work of years in a second. The Europeans didn’t voluntarily abandon their colonies. They were driven out by people they had considered inferior.

The code word we use for superiority these days is “democracy.” It is democracy that is superior to all other forms of government, and therefore we are doing people a favor to spread it while, like the British, exploiting their natural resources and cheap labor. We will eventually meet the same fate as the British. The Philippines have already kicked us out. Sooner or later, the Japanese will tell us to get out of Okinawa and other parts of Japan. Even one day the South Koreans and the Germans will say, “Go home.”

In my opinion, we are living in a world that has rationalized that there is nothing to strive for but “what’s in it for me.” To get back to the title of your religious tract, what we see all around us is exactly what happens… The best defenses of Christianity I’ve read weren’t based on whether or not evolution was/is good science, but on the basis of philosophical reasoning. C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” and Elton Trueblood’s “A Place To Stand” are excellent answers to the old question of “Is the universe – and us in it – some kind of cosmic accident?” If you’re really interested in “What happens to the Gospel…” then read what they have to say.

—–Original Message—–
From: Monroe Pastermack
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2005 10:56 AM
To: ACS Listserv
Subject: I just came across this religious tract

Do any of you have comments?
As I recall it came form the Newsletter of the Flat Earth Society.

What Happens to the Gospel if Evolution is True?

SIN: No objective basis for determining right and wrong. Even if one believes there is a God, and believes in evolutionary naturalism, that God is not personally involved in His creation. (He works through natural laws), and therefore He has no knowledge or care of personal lives, deeds or misdeeds.

SAVIOR: Belief in a Savior cab be little more than a psychological exercise since there is no responsibility for sin to be saved from. Why do I need a Savior -and from what?

SALVATION: At best, salvation may provide the illusion of hope, but this life is all that there is. At worst, as many evolutionists have pointed out, “dreams” of salvation distract people from “realizing their full potential here and now.”

SCRIPTURE: The Bible is nothing more than a records of what the ancients believed -beliefs which may have been helpful at one time in man’s evolution, but which are now outmoded by better standards. Evolutionists who accept God . and choose in Scripture accepting what they like and rejecting as myths those things that don’t suit them, according to their subjective tastes. Organized religion ends up striving for “unity in diversity” as a result of all these subjective tastes getting together.

Christopher Chui

Detail from 1867 painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), Napoleon and His Staff in Egypt. or or

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  1. From: [Jacques d’Nalgar]
    Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 11:07 AM
    Subject: RE: Speaking of Theology

    20 years ago, these people were on the lunatic fringe (or so we all thought). Now they’re consulting the president on foreign policy (and we all know how well that’s going). The web site suggests we get our priorities correct — “Less talk, more action. Less entertainment, more citizen involvement. Less TV and sports.” Call me a pessimist, but we’ll all emigrate on flying pigs before that happens… I’m about convinced that this thing is going to have to run its course and eventually rot from within.

    Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 10:38 AM
    Subject: Re: Speaking of Theology

    What’s you-all think about this?


    Scary! And the ideals espoused strike me as so UN-Christian…


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