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‘Today’s Settled Science’ (2016)

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But it was scientific!

Too many people have been brought up to regard “science” as infallible. For some reason, fully accepting the teachings of the Bible, and believing whole-heartedly in its message, raises eyebrows; but unquestioning faith in “science” doesn’t.

Except that today’s “settled science” is tomorrow’s quaint superstition.


Phlogiston, miasma theory, and eugenics–once upon a time, you were a heretic or even a dangerous crackpot if you questioned any of these.

Which aspects of our “science” will they be laughing at in 2070?

All of it, probably.

Here’s That ‘Curtain’ Article

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Hooray! The Chalcedon website (www.chalcedon.edu/) has a brand-new front page to display new articles and video. From now on, that’s where all the new stuff will be; and that’ll make it easy to find.

And published there today is my article on Agatha Christie’s Curtain, written months ago and now available here.


Can a mystery novel tell us what’s gone wrong with British Christianity–and probably our own, too?

Read it and see!

‘Getting Rid of the Human Race’ (2014)

After all these years and all their disappointments, The Smartest People in the World still haven’t given up on euthanasia and eugenics. I doubt they ever will. Here’s a snapshot of where they were in 1940, 1975, and 2014.


A Massacre of Innocents

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How do you eliminate a genetic condition?

Kill everyone who has it!

That’s what Iceland has been doing to babies with Down’s Syndrome. After expectant mothers get a prenatal screening that’s about 85% accurate, they “avoid” a “problem” by killing any unborn baby that has Down’s Syndrome–with an abortion rate of virtually 100% (https://townhall.com/tipsheet/laurettabrown/2017/08/15/cbs-faces-backlash-for-report-that-iceland-has-virtually-eliminated-down-syndrome-with-abortion-n2368878).

The French physician who invented the screening, his widow says, went to his grave mourning that his discovery should be used this way. In France, the abortion rate for Down’s babies is about 85%.

Eugenics lives. Welcome back, Dr. Mengele.

Why are people who have Down’s Syndrome worthy of being killed? They can talk to us, hold jobs, and love us–in which respects they are far superior to many a college graduate. What do they do to deserve a death penalty imposed in the womb? And just think what the scandal would be, if 15 percent of criminals executed turned out not to be guilty, after all.

God’s judgment will fall heavily on those who make war against the helpless. These babies have a powerful defender, and His justice will not wait forever.

But how many times do we have to say, there’s no one more anti-human than a humanist? O brave new world, that hath such monsters in it!

Remember, O Lord our God: these things are done against our will, without our consent, and over our objections.

Today’s Settled Science

Scientific racism

Science says… Don’t let those inferior people reproduce!

What do phlogiston, the miasma theory, and eugenics all have in common?

Each, once upon a time, was Settled Science. And each is now considered poppycock.

“Phlogiston” was a substance which scientists in the 17th century thought was contained in combustible bodies and released during combustion. So when you burned a lump of coal, it lost phlogiston. This theory died out by the end of the 18th century.

Phlogiston, in fact, does not exist.

Miasma theory, over many centuries, stated that diseases were caused by “bad air,” or “miasma,” given off by rotting organic matter. By 1880 it had been demonstrated that diseases are caused by germs. Stinky air can’t hurt you unless there are germs floating around in it.

And eugenics! Eugenics claimed that all the troubles of the world were due to allowing inferior people to breed, and not getting enough breeding out of superior people. Boy, howdy, was this ever Settled Science! Everybody who mattered–scientists, heads of state, judges, philosophers, literary giants, all the smartest people in the world–believed in eugenics, and the unlimited progress of the human race via selective breeding. Well, at least not allowing “the feeble-minded,” criminals, or the poor to breed. Even here in America, a lot of defenseless individuals were sterilized, by court order, in the mistaken belief that eugenics was true. And anyone who dared question it, was pilloried, scorned, and denounced as an enemy of the people. As “anti-science,” if you like.

Unfortunately for eugenics, Heinrich Himmler and the rest of the Nazis gave it a really bad reputation when they tried to put its recommendations into rigorous practice: so after WWII it was kind of hard to find anyone who would admit he’d ever supported eugenics. But it was still floating around in school textbooks during the 1950s.

Did I mention that one of the cornerstones of eugenics was the insistent claim that certain races are intractably inferior–yeah, whole races–and ought to be kept from reproducing?

And so, we learn from history that today’s Settled Science is tomorrow’s poppycock. Just because a scientific doctrine lasts a long time doesn’t mean it lasts forever.

Thank God!

Yet Another Hellish Scheme

A team of scientists (I use the word advisedly) in Newcastle, UK–where they can’t figure out how to manage with the people who were born normally–is working on a project to create designer babies from the DNA of four parents instead of two ( http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/scientists-want-to-create-babies-from-dna-of-4-parents.html ).

If only Heinrich Himmler could have lived to see this! He’d be turning cartwheels over it.

They have no clear idea, of course, how this cute little science project will turn out; but, like the ninnies in Jurassic Park, they’ve just got to go ahead with it.

Folks, if you think I enjoy reporting stuff like this, you’d better think again. But we do need to know what we’re up against, so that when we petition our God to deliver us out of this evil age, we know what we’re asking for.

Prayer is the only weapon they can never take away from us.

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