The Pagan Origins Of Evolutionary Ideas

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

Many people in our nation would be horrified to learn that much of what we have been taught as “scientific truth” actually is a redressing of ancient pagan religion.

For example, consider the popular “Nebular Hypothesis.”

This idea is taught in college courses all through the country, and it supposedly describes the process through which the planets of our solar system were formed. Supposedly, the sun (about four billion years ago) ejected a filament that somehow cooled and then collected together into huge balls of matter which then “miraculously” (pardon the pun) formed into the planets of our solar system.

The scientist who is credited with this idea is Immanuel Kant.

But do you know where Kant got his ideas?

Writer Chuck Missler tells us:

“Famous astronomer Immanuel Kant is credited with the Nebular Hypothesis, but he didn’t invent it himself. In 1734, mining engineer Emanuel Swedenborg (1688- 1772) published his Prodromus Philosophiae Retiocinantis de Infinito et Cause Creationis in Latin, in which he describes an alternate view of the creation of the universe. Swedenborg was a mystic in the negative sense. He claimed to be a Christian having visions, but he collected information about the supposed origin of the universe after having séances with spiritual beings that claimed to inhabit Jupiter and Saturn and other planets. His books Arcana Coelestia and Earths in the Universe describe some of the discussions with these other spiritual beings. Unfortunately, these “angels” gave Swedenborg a wide range of ideas that denied the straight- forward interpretation of the Scriptures. Instead, they led him to regard the historical narratives of Moses as symbolic and filled with secret, hidden knowledge. Swedenborg came up with the idea that the planets formed from material that ejected out of the Sun, and the Sun itself was formed from a spinning nebula. Swedenborg’s claims of visions impressed the people around him. We know, however, that when Swedenborg was 23 years old, he had an opportunity to spend several weeks at the home of Edmund Halley, the astronomer after whom Halley’s Comet is named. Swedenborg did have some astronomy background when he wrote his alternative ideas about how the planets originated. Swedenborg had an influence on Kant, who alternately praised and demonized the mystic. Twenty years after Swedenborg’s Prodromus , Kant published his General History of Nature and Theory of the Heavens (1755), in which he describes the Nebular Hypothesis. Kant sanctified the idea, and Pierre Laplace did the same, giving the faulty idea greater credibility than it would have had otherwise. These scientists were both capable of double checking the math, but they failed somewhere along the line. There are many problems with the Nebular Hypothesis, which neither of these great men exposed as they should have.” (Chuck Missler, Beyond Newton: Exploring Challenges To The Current Astronomical Models Of Our Universe, 190-208 (Kindle Edition); Coeur d’Alene, ID; Koinonia House).

Isn’t it interesting that much of what is commonly believed to be “scientific truth” is actually rooted in pagan superstition?

Or we could consider Charles Darwin himself, the “father” of evolutionary thought.

Many people believe that he developed his ideas from simple scientific explorations; yet the facts are actually a bit different than the politically correct version usually related.

Studying the interesting history of the theory of evolution in the modern age, we learn:

“*Emmanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a do-nothing expert. In his 1734 book, Principia, he theorized that a rapidly rotating nebula formed itself into our solar system of sun and planets. He claimed that he obtained the idea from spirits during a séance. It is significant that the nebular hypothesis theory originated from such a source…..*Robert Chambers (1802-1883) was a spiritualist who regularly communicated with spirits. As a result of his contacts, he wrote the first popular evolution book in all of Britain. Called Vestiges of Creation (1844), it was printed 15 years before *Charles Darwin’s book, Origin of the Species…*Alfred Russell Wallace (1823-1913) is considered to be the man who developed the theory which *Darwin published. *Wallace was deeply involved in spiritism at the time he formulated the theory in his Ternate Paper, which *Darwin, with the help of two friends (*Charles Lyell and *Joseph Hooker), pirated and published under his own name. *Darwin, a wealthy man, thus obtained the royalties which belonged to Wallace, a poverty-ridden theorist. In 1980, *Arnold C. Brackman, in his book, A Delicate Arrangement, established that Darwin plagiarized Wallace’s material. It was arranged that a paper by Darwin would be read to the Royal Society, in London, while Wallace’s was held back until later. Priorities for the ideas thus having been taken care of, Darwin set to work to prepare his book. In 1875, Wallace came out openly for spiritism and Marxism, another stepchild of Darwinism. This was Wallace’s theory: Species have changed in the past, by which one species descended from another in a manner that we cannot prove today. That is exactly what modern evolution teaches. Yet it has no more evidence supporting the theory than Wallace had in 1858, when he devised the theory while in a fever. In February 1858, while in a delirious fever on the island of Ternate in the Molaccas, Wallace conceived the idea, “survival of the fittest,” as being the method by which species change. But the concept proves nothing. The fittest; which one is that? It is the one that survived longest. Which one survives longest? The fittest. This is reasoning in a circle. The phrase says nothing about the evolutionary process, much less proving it….It is not commonly known that *Charles Darwin, while a naturalist aboard the Beagle, was initiated into witchcraft in South America by nationals. interior, he took part in their ceremonies and, as a result, something happened to him. Upon his return to England, although his health was strangely weakened, he spent the rest of his life working on theories to destroy faith in the Creator.” (Vance Ferrell, The Evolution Handbook: Over 3,000 Scientific Facts Which Annihilate Evolutionary Theory, 357-420 (Kindle Edition); Altamont, TN; Evolution Facts, Inc.).

While many in our country would like to believe that the theory of evolution is a ‘scientific” theory, the facts and history tell a different story.

Oh, there are some facts of science which lend credibility to the notion of “micro-evolution,” i.e., change within species.

However, the facts of science are clearly against this nonsense of “macro-evolution” i.e., change between species.

Do you ever wonder why these facts are not commonly taught to Americans?

Could it be (in part) because if people knew the true origins of the theory of macro-evolution, it would not be allowed to be taught as “fact” in public school (since people would learn that it is primarily a religious notion)?

It certainly gives one pause to consider, especially when we learn that the scientific case for creationism could be taught in public schools without advocating any one religion.

Friends, the evidence is overwhelming that there is a Creator Who made this universe and who has reached out in lovingkindness to sinful mankind (Romans 1:18-20).

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the Cross of Calvary, the pay the price for your sins (Romans 5:8). He was buried, and three days later (and as verified by over 500 witnesses), He arose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).

Will you not today accept His offer of salvation by believing in Him (John 8:24), repenting of your sin (Luke 13:3), confessing your faith in Him (1 Timothy 6:12), and being baptized in water for the remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38)?

If you are a child of God who has been baptized into Him but have left your first love through sin, why not today repent of that sin and pray to Him for forgiveness (1 John 1:9)?

The churches of Christ stand ready to assist you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

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