Ideas about matter… matter

Posted: July 26, 2008 in Theo/Philo
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From Viktor Frankl by way of Richard Weikarts discovery institute paper:

“If we present a man with a concept of man which is not true, we may well corrupt him. When we present man as an automaton of reflexes, as a mind-machine, as a bundle of instincts, as a pawn of drives and reactions, as a mere product of instinct, heredity and environment, we feed the nihilism to which modern man is, in any case, prone. I became acquainted, with the last stage of that corruption in my second concentration camp, Auschwitz. The gas chambers of Auschwitz were the ultimate consequence of the theory that man is nothing but the product of heredity and environment–or, as the Nazi liked to say, of ‘Blood and Soil.’ I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some Ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in the lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.”

Can Viktor rest easy now these nihilistic ideas are banished or does a million copy best seller like Dawkins God delusion spell out within the west at least, an increasing tendency to accept the naturalistic narrative along with its corresponding low view of humanity ?

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