How Racism Influenced The Views Of Charles Darwin And The Theory Of Evolution

It is written:

“Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35  But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” (Acts 10:34-35)

The theory of evolution is taught as fact throughout our country. Scores of scientific findings contradict this theory, of course; yet it is still accepted as truth by a large majority of students.

However, many are unaware of how racism influenced Charles Darwin in the developing of his theory.

Bergman documents:

“The complete title of Darwin’s most famous work, The Origin of Species, was The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. The “favored races” expression is obviously racist and was central to Darwin’s ideas, as elaborated in Darwin’s later writings. Even though Charles Darwin did not discuss human evolution in The Origin of Species, he did draw clear racist conclusions in his 1871 book The Descent of Man. It was also obvious in The Descent of Man that Darwin’s remarks about animal races, which he discussed in 1859, applied to humans. This is especially obvious in chapter 7, which is titled “On the Races of Man.” This almost 40-page long chapter covers in detail his clear racist conclusions about humans….“This is the first indication in his writings that he saw non-Europeans in terms of what in his writings became an increasingly dominant bestialized image of certain races as “savages.” This view foreshadowed the evolutionary connections that he later, in vivid terms, wrote existed between humans and animals. After meeting the Fuegians, Darwin concluded they were “the most abject and miserable creatures” he had ever seen and that these poor wretches were stunted in their growth, their hideous faces bedaubed with white paint, their skins filthy and greasy, their hair entangled, their voices discordant, their gestures violent and without dignity. Viewing such men, one can hardly make oneself believe they are fellow-creatures, and inhabitants of the same world. It is a common subject of conjecture what pleasure in life some of the less gifted animals can enjoy: how much more reasonably the same question may be asked with respect to these barbarians. At night, five or six human beings, naked and scarcely protected from the wind and rain of this tempestuous climate, sleep on the wet ground coiled up like animals.”…“The humans that Darwin concluded were clearly “inferior” included Hottentots, Negroes, New Zealanders, Australians, Tahitians, Fuegians, and several other ethnic groups. The “superior” peoples included the Europeans and these superior individuals that evolved by natural selection “from barbarians.” 36 The barbarians to whom Darwin referred included the Fuegians, because “such were our ancestors.” 37 Darwin also concluded that he would rather be descended from a “little monkey” or an “old baboon” than “a savage who delights to torture his enemies, offers up blood sacrifices, practices infanticide without remorse, treats his wives like slaves, knows no decency, and is haunted by the grossest superstitions.” 38 The importance of Darwin’s ideas to the development of racism has been well documented.” (Jerry Bergman, The Dark Side of Charles Darwin: A Critical Analysis Of An Icon Of Science, 212-221 (Kindle Edition); Green Forest, AR; Master Books)

The Darwinistic theory of macroevolution is as flawed as the racist ideas it upholds.

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