Breivik, McVeigh: Darwinian Terrorists

mcveigh breivikTimothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber (left), and Anders Breivik, the recent Norwegian murderer (right), both conflicted with devout Darwinism. (image from

Last week, the world’s worst “terrorist” act potentially accomplished by a single man shocked the world, especially when it was discovered that the attacker was tall, blonde, and Nordic.

The attacker, Anders Behring Breivik, started his murders in Oslo, Norway, with a bomb that had the markings of the Oklahoma City style bombing, killing seven people. Then Breivik began a shooting spree at a children’s summer camp at Utoya, killing 86 more innocent people.

At the breaking news of the bombing in Oslo it was first assumed by most that the attack was a highly coordinated Islamist terror effort.

Just as expectedly, upon the discovery that the killer was a tall, blonde white man, the alarm was sounded that a Christian fundamentalist was responsible for the attack:

“… Norwegian nationalbroadcaster NRK says he is 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik. Authorities have not identified a motive but have said he visited Christian fundamentalistwebsites and once belonged to the youth-wing of a rightist party”.

However, upon researching Breivik’s manifesto, many were “quietly” shocked –the killer was a man of “reason”, a believer that “Darwinian” principles should rule over Christian fundamentalism. He thought that it was only “weak people” who needed God for “comfort”, and expressed that a personal relationship with God was (so far) unnecessary in his life:“…As for the Church and science, it is essential that science takes an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings. Europe has always been the cradle of science, and it must always continue to be that way. Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I’m not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. However, I am a supporter of a monocultural Christian Europe…”“‘…Logic’ and rationalist thought (a certain degree of national Darwinism) should be the fundament [sic] of our societies. I support the propagation of collective rational thought but not necessarily on a personal level….”

Our experiential view of Islamic jihadists as the statistical leaders in terrorist attacks around the world led many to the first mistaken conclusion. The second prejudice, however, was an expression of disdain for Christians, perhaps for God Himself.

A good example of this disdain is the continuing claim by the Left that the famed Oklahoma City Bomber, Timothy McVeigh, was a Christian fundamentalist. However, McVeigh often said to his friends, “Science is my religion”.

Both McVeigh and Breivik may (or may not) have claimed to hold to a Christian view, but they ultimately embraced Darwinism over Christianity.Christianity and Darwinism are conflicting worldviews; the former embraces the Deity, while the latter professes devout atheism.In that light, I wonder which worldview most likely led Breivik and McVeigh to think it was a good thing to kill people…

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