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Did Darwin teach racism?

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The Teachings of Charles Darwin are based on the idea that all humans evolved from ape-like creatures, and, since some groups of humans supposedly are less ape-like than others, some humans are more highly evolved, and thus, superior. In his 1859 work: The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection—or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (emp. added),  Darwin stated that some races, or “species of men,” as he referred to them (1871, p. 395), are favored more than others.

But, in his second work, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, published in 1871, Darwin gave more detail on the subject. He said in the first chapter: “He who wishes to decide whether man is the modified descendant of some pre-existing form, would probably first enquire whether man varies, however slightly, in bodily structure and in mental faculties; and if so, whether the variations are transmitted to his offspring in accordance with the laws which prevail with the lower animals” (p. 395).

And in the chapter titled “On the Affinities and Genealogy of Man,” he added: “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla” (p. 521).

Unlike the evolutionary teachings of Darwin, the Bible teaches that no one race is superior to another. And that all humans, regardless of shape, size, or color, are created specially by God (Genesis 1-2). All human life is therefore, valuable and precious (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 9:6). And that God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son to die on their behalf (John 3:16).

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