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The Abolition of the Person

The Abolition of the Person

Godwin’s Law infamously predicts that as any Internet discussion continues, the probability that Hitler will be mentioned approaches 100%. I’ve wondered about this. Both Stalin and Mao murdered many more people than he did, so why does Hitler hold this uniquely dishonorably honor? It might be because the German horror strikes closer to home for English-speaking Internet users. Most of us trace a large portion of our heritage to Europe, not to Eurasia or China. Many of us have a…

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How Wrong Is It To Suggest a Darwin-Hitler Link?

How Wrong Is It To Suggest a Darwin-Hitler Link?

The estimable Nick Matzke has raised the issue here again whether we can appropriately draw any causal linkage from Darwin to Hitler or Nazism. He suggests that to make that connection is not only historically inaccurate but morally opprobrious. Some of what he has said is certainly exaggerated. Still, he has presented some new information to me, and this has opened up the topic again. The last time I wrote about this was last May. On top of the blame…

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TIME: Christians in Germany During World War II

TIME: Christians in Germany During World War II

The source of this quote is likely to surprise you, both the place (and time–be sure you notice that!) where it appeared, and also who said it: “Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials…

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The Darwin-Hitler Question: Reflecting on the Process

The Darwin-Hitler Question: Reflecting on the Process

Before now, the one topic that has drawn forth the most anger on this blog has been homosexuality. Not any more. About 2 1/2 weeks ago I wrote about why the Darwin-Hitler link is so sensitive. I’ve been learning, since then, just how sensitive it really is. But that’s not all I’ve been learning. Today’s post is my reflection on that process, and it’s not so much about Darwin or Hitler as it is about us. Many of us have…

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