The Death of Humanity

Richard Weikart

Do you believe human life is inherently valuable? Unfortunately, in the secularized age of state-sanctioned euthanasia and abortion-on-demand, many are losing faith in the simple value of human life. To the disillusioned, human beings are a cosmic accident whose intrinsic value is worth no more than other animals. The Death of Humanity explores our culture’s declining respect for the sanctity of human life, drawing on philosophy and history to reveal the dark road ahead for society if we lose our faith in human life.

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Does Human Life Matter?

Many, today, think the answer is: no.

It is not just abortion-on-demand (considered an indispensable right); it is the creeping idea that the disabled should have been aborted as “unproductive” human beings. It is state-sanctioned suicide. It is the dismissal of the elderly as drains on the healthcare system.

The idea that human life is intrinsically valuable is dying side by side with our Christian culture, says author and intellectual historian Richard Weikart. He traces the dangerous trends in Western thinking that could spell what he calls The Death of Humanity.

In his shocking new book, Weikart reveals:

  • Why ideas that were used to justify genocide, forced famine, and compulsory sterilization are back in vogue
  • How murder has been—and will be—justified as biologically or socially determined
  • Why “human rights” might soon become a thing of the past
  • How amoral technological progress has overtaken the idea of moral human progress
  • Why “animal rights” has nothing to do with being kind and considerate to animals, and everything to do with degrading man
  • Why things we take for granted, remnants from our Christian heritage like prohibitions against infanticide, might soon be no more

Long ago, the philosopher Richard Weaver reminded us that “ideas have consequences.” Those consequences, as Richard Weikart explains, are coming home to roost, and they could be truly frightening.

Richard Weikart

Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Richard Weikart is Emeritus Professor of History, California State University, Stanislaus, and author of seven books, including From Darwin to Hitler, Hitler’s Ethic, The Death of Humanity, and Hitler’s Religion. His most recent book is Darwinian Racism: How Darwinism Influenced Hitler, Nazism, and White Nationalism (2022). His PhD dissertation, Socialist Darwinism, earned the biennial prize of the Forum for History of Human Sciences as best dissertation in that field. He has lectured at many universities and other venues in the US and Europe. He also has been interviewed on dozens of radio shows, podcasts, and TV, and appeared in seven documentaries, including Expelled. Some of his lectures and interviews are available on YouTube.