You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s
desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks
according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Part of this verse (*Der Vater der Juden ist der Teufel* = The Father of
the Jews is the Devil) from John was posted on road signs in some German
also that Luther’s anti-Judaic tract is called “On the Jews and Their
Lies.” Thus, there is a clear continuous portrayal of Jews as liars in
Christian history *from John to Hitler*.
Materialism and the value of life
Weikart’s assault on evolutionary theory is part of a larger assault on
“materialism” that permeates creationist literature. According to
creationists, the idea that life originates from purely physico-chemical
processes leads to the devaluation of human life. That materialistic
world-view, argue creationists, is why we have abortion, among other ills,
in modern society.
Yet, the opposite may be more often the case. Creationists often have a
pneumatocentric view of life that can devalue the human body. A
pneumatocentric view of life, which is unique to religion, means that the
welfare and salvation of the non-material soul has priority over bodily
well-being. We find a classic expression of this idea in Matthew 10:28:
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather
fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Likewise, the author of 1 Corinthians 5:8 advises this punishment for a
congregation member who has sinned: “you are to deliver this man to Satan
for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day
of the Lord Jesus.” Indeed, the Muslim hijackers who flung themselves into
the World Trade Center on 9-11 cared little for their bodies. It was their
souls that they wanted to preserve intact.
Abortion as a soul-saving machine
A pneumatocentric view of life can logically result in the advocacy of
abortion. The reason is that many creationists believe that fetuses and
those who die in infancy go directly to heaven. For example, Louis T.
Talbot (1889-1976), a former chancellor of Biola College, a creationist
mecca, answers a question concerning the destiny of those who die in
infancy as follows:
Yes, all infants, including stillborn babies, and young children who have
not reached the age of accountability at death, go immediately into the
presence of God. 
That would mean that abortion should result in a 100% salvation rate for
fetuses who are aborted. Abortion would also eliminate completely the risk
of sending aborted fetuses to an eternal torture in hell. So, by this
logic, *creationists should be for abortion, not against it*.
In fact, Reuben A. Torrey (1856-1928), a famous creationist, nearly comes
to this conclusion when explaining why killing Canaanite children was
Even today I could almost wish that all the babies born into families of
wicked influence might be slain in infancy, were it not for the hope that
some concerned Christian will carry to them the saving gospel of the Son of
Yet, even this wish is illogical if all dead infants go directly to heaven.
Torrey substitutes a risky hope of salvation through the gospel for what is
the certainty of salvation through abortion or infanticide.
If creationists object that it is murder to commit an abortion, then we
need to understand that Exodus 21:22 does not seem to regard the value of a
fetus as equal to that of an adult. If a fetus is lost by an accidental
human action, only a fine is imposed, whereas adults killed accidentally
may require life for life (Numbers 35:22-34).
Yet, let’s suppose that creationists do not support abortion to save souls
because they deem it murder to perform abortions. But even if abortion be
regarded as murder, the fact remains that one abortion doctor could send a
thousand souls to heaven in his lifetime. One still would gain 1000 souls
for every doctor lost because of performing abortions. Abortion would still
be a better method of saving souls than what anti-abortionists favor now
(let the children grow up and hope they convert). The economics of
soul-saving favor abortion no matter how we calculate it.
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