1. Every Leftist is, essentially, a Marxist even though most eschew the title since the fall of the Soviet Union. Even so, Left-wing ideas are predicated on Marxs materialist view. Philosophically, the term implies that only material things are real. Therefore, emotions, such as love, are no more than chemistry. And it suggests that it is only genes and environment that determine our actions, and free will plays no role. And, of course, God and religious beliefs are nonsense. Prager, Still The Best Hope. 2. From Marx on, the Left has fought against religion for the above reason, and because they understood how difficult it is to get religious people to engage in revolution for the purpose of bettering their material lives. Such folks often relegate the material world to lower priority than the spiritual, moral and intellectual world. Ibid. a. The theory of evolution is simply materialist philosophy applied to nature, .Darwin was described by Leon Trotsky as "the highest triumph of the dialectic in the whole field of organic matter." Alan Woods, Ted Grant. "Marxism and Darwinism,Reason in Revolt: Marxism and Modern Science. 3. While there were theories of evolution before Darwins, earlier versions presumed God or a Mind with a design or purpose. Darwins view aligned with Marxist economic thesis, in that 'matter,' rather than mind, is the driving force. For Darwin, life is empty of any purpose other than the primary directive of nature, reproduction: the survival of the species. 4. The crux of the evolutionary controversy, in simplest terms, is: did mind create matter, or did matter create mind? According to a theistic worldview, mind is primary; it is the fundamental creative force in the universe, whether God created the world quickly by fiat, or slowly by an evolutionary process. According to Darwin, it is the reverse: matter is the primary creative force, and mind emerged only very late in evolutionary history. Conklin, When All the Gods Trembled: Darwinism, Scopes, and American Intellectuals, p. 42. 5. To be more precise, mind does not exist at all. Only the brain exists. And thoughts are merely the byproducts of neurons firing in the brain, and based on the need for survival. a. Darwin applied a consistent philosophy of materialism to his interpretation of nature. Matter is the ground of all existence; mind, spirit, and God as well, are just words that express the wondrous results of neuronal complexity." Stephen Jay Gould, "Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History," pg. 1213 6. Again: by accepting the materialist Darwinian explanation for human beings, one must believe that mind, spirit, and God are merely concepts that appear in the in the human mind when the electrical circuitry of the brain has evolved to a certain level of complexity. 7. Which commands the following question: if those ideas are merely the results of neural complexity, then doesnt the same apply to all ideas including the idea of materialism itself? And, therefore if mind, spirit, and God are concepts that deserve no credence .why should the ideas of Marx, Darwin, and materialism itself earn any? Nancy Pearcey, Saving Leonardo, chapter six.