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- Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (March 9, 1992)
- Language: English
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* Charles Darwin, who systemized and advanced the principle that evolution was behind the origin of the species
* Karl Marx, who developed and advocated the notion of modern Communism
* Julius Wellhausen, who initiated "higher criticism" and "modernism"
* John Dewey, who argued for an educational system focused on problem solving
* Sigmund Freud, who promoted the view that the sexual instinct is the driving force behind all human action
* John Maynard Keynes, who advocated the policies for reducing unemployment and expanding the economy that today find their expression in deficit spending and governmental activism
* Søren Kierkegaard, who stressed the obligation each person has to make conscious, responsible choices among alternatives, a major tenet of existentialism
An eighth chapter also investigated the misapplication of Einstein's theory of relativity to become a scientific "proof" of relative morality, which Einstein himself vehemently opposed (thus the reason he is not included as the 8th man in this list). This book is not exhaustive in its coverage of any of these philosophies, but is a good overview to give the Christian perspective on why people believe what they believe today. Nearly twenty years after publication, many of Breese's predictions about what people in my generation would believe if the then budding postmodernism were followed to its logical conclusion appear prophetic. Highly recommended!
Even though written more than twenty years ago, it is, in my opinion as up-to-date as ever. I highly recommend this book, especially to people under age 30 and to inquiring minds of all ages.
There are many who may have never of heard of all of these men, but we are surely feeling their (negative) influence even today. As the author puts it, "Much of modern education, commercial interaction, social planning, intellectual conviction, and even religion is still guided by the constructs formulated by those thinkers of an earlier generation."
A hundred other men could have been added to the list. But he believes these seven men "were the progenitors of the most influential movements of this [20th] century"; "they ruled the world more permanently"; "contended for our minds", and these are those men:
Charles Darwin: what has come to be known as, "social Darwinism"; this man is credited with evolution, materialism, naturalism, and natural selection. And now these are being treated as if it were fact; as "a law, as gravity is a law". The ultimate devastation is occurring in our public education. Breese contends, "Our society has come to assume that the source of all knowledge is science; once a thing is established as being scientific, it moves beyond debate and becomes an article of faith."
Karl Marx: think of him as a "social philosopher" or a "professional revolutionary". He is of course famous for his "Communist Manifesto": "scientific socialism", worlds destiny, anti-capitalist, atheism, utopia----read it----a tightness will wallow up in your throat----because you will understand Marxism is very much with us. It is even seen as liberalism in the church. His contemporaries: Feuerbac, Rousseau, and Engles; and his protégé: Lenin.
Julius Wellhausen: he brought liberalism to the church. He taught human reason is totally dependable, the bible as myth, and rationalism. The stage was then set for Machen.
Sigmund Freud: that life or death is just instinct through human conditions, "after all, psychoanalysis was the new revelation, and psychotherapy the new salvation."
John Dewey: a humanist; this man radically redefined education through social change. Hegel, among others would influence his world view.
John Keynes: believed government to be the answer through investment: Keynesian economics. The "New Deal" was constructed through his influence.
Soren Kierkegaard: known as the father of Existentialism. It is only through his writings we know him. He is confusing and contradictory. In his mind there is no right, no wrong, and no truth.
Albert Einstein is not one of the seven, but he becomes important to the discussion. In this chapter Breese discusses the unintended influence of relativity turning into relativism. Ponder these words: "Surely the world ought daily to thank God that the word 'American' was attached to the name of Albert Einstein. Had that word remained 'German', how different the world would be today!"
We have allowed the minority to run the majority. But there need only be a few strong to overcome the rushing tide of deception. A little socialism and evolution cant hurt, right?
"The world of delusion is neither a good nor safe place to live."
Wish you well