Almost everyone recognises Adolf Hitler as synonymous with evil. Type in his name and “evil” on Google and you receive a whopping six million hits. Do the same with the name of the one who intellectually spawned Hitler and you get a measly four thousand hits. The name of this relatively unheard-of phoney philosopher was Houston Chamberlain. It was he who developed the idea of the superiority of the Aryan race and the inferiority of the Jews that was such an inspiration to Hitler. Chamberlain’s impact on World War II and the Holocaust was only indirect, so we do not take him seriously enough.
The phoney philosopher who inspired Vladimir Lenin remains similarly obscure. There is a good chance that you have never heard of Nikolay Chernyshevsky. It may seem very implausible that a mere philosopher, however phoney, who picked up no arms against no one and who wanted nothing but the best for his country-folk could be vastly more destructive than say a serial killer. Didn’t Karl Marx famously say, "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it"? Marx was very naive. For, Chernyshevsky, his contemporary, who was a bad novelist and even worse philosopher, did change the world. He provided the philosophical underpinning that would spawn such intellectual descendants as Lenin, Ayn Rand and Alan Greenspan and would culiminate in the Red Terror and the global financial meltdown of the 21st century. Chernyshevsky only destroyed indirectly. This is the world of phoney philosophers. This is the insidious devastation of the unwise. This book shows why and why it is that the remedy is to be found in Jesus Christ, the one whom Paul called the "wisdom of God."
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About the Author
Mike L Anderson, PhD (Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology). Mike develops educational resources and software and plays Starcraft.